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Unsung Warriors of Apartheid: The Human Spirit Opens in Los Angeles

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The Human Spirit reveals, with occasional wry humor, the divergent motivations of those who fought the system, and who cobbled together unlikely alliances.

Striving for Frenzied Acclaim in CA

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Cara Joy David

My trip to the west coast is bringing me in contact with two shows I have an emotional attachment to: Side Show and The Black Suits.

The Liar at Antaeus Theatre

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Although Pierre Corneille is known as the father of French tragedy, he did write several comedies, including The Liar, which was produced in Paris i...

Theater Review: The Crucible at Antaeus

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

The distinguished Antaeus Company, L.A.'s classic theater ensemble of extraordinarily talented actors, presents Arthur Miller's tale of the Salem witch trials, his parable of mass hysteria and the dangers of theocracy, or any blind ideology, for that matter.

Trainspotting at the Elephant Theatre: Daring, Gritty and Heartbreaking

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Roger Mathey's latest revival of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about a circle of heroin addict friends in Edinburgh, Scotland, Trainspotting, is one of the most visceral, blood and guts stage dramas I've seen in recent memory -- or maybe ever.

Here Now: The Actor's Gang's Heart of Darkness

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The essence of theatre is wonder. The Actor's Gang understands this. And so does Brian T. Finney, the actor who performs his own stunning one-man adaptation of the Heart of Darkness, at the Ivy Substation Theatre in Culver City.

What One Wendy Has Learned From Peter Pan

Wendy Burch | Posted 03.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Wendy Burch

As an adult, Peter Pan began to take on new and greater meanings -- and take it from a Wendy, there are a lot of life lesson you can squeeze out of those tights.

The Rainmaker Theatrical Review

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 03.17.2013 | Arts
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Set in the Dust Bowl during the depression, The Rainmaker tackles timeless themes of love, passion, faith and magic.

Top L.A. Theatre Productions of 2012

Brad Schreiber | Posted 03.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Brad Schreiber

Josh Logan's depiction of the irascible Rothko's self-destructing behavior after taking a commission in contrast to his aesthetics was seamlessly guided by Michael Grandage in Red.

Theater Review: Other Desert Cities at Mark Taper Forum

Jason Mannino | Posted 02.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Jason Mannino

It seems a rare theatrical phenomenon when a playwright understands how to emotionally connect with a generation. John Robin Baitz does this brilliantly in Other Desert Cities, running at Mark Taper Forum through January 6, 2013.

Theater Review: Woman in Mind

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Twenty years ago, British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's poignant and profound Woman in Mind blazed across several Los Angeles stages with talented performers Helen Mirren, Kandis Chappel, Paxton Whitehead, Hal Landon, Jr., and JD Cullum. Now, after a long absence, Ayckbourn's play has returned.

The Hits of Pat Benatar Fire Up Invincible: The Legend of Billie Jean, The Musical

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

In the basement of Casita Del Campo, you'll find The Cavern Club, a haven of some of Los Angeles' most creative, colorful, underground theatre including the musical adaptation of the 1980s cult film The Legend Of Billie Jean.

Love Struck: A Theater Review

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 05.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Love Struck is a series of seven one-act plays, written by Dale Griffiths Stamos, directed by Maggie Grant. It's currently playing at the Beverly Hills Playhouse through May 27th.

Theater Review: Why We Have a Body

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 05.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Claire Chafee's comedy, Why We Have a Body has just opened at The Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. It is especially timely now with the current political climate bringing gay marriage and women's rights into question.

Kathleen Turner Stars as Molly Ivins at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse

Jay Weston | Posted 03.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

In the spring of 2010 Kathleen starred as Molly in the world premiere of Red Hot Patriot. It was a perfect fit, and at last night's opening at Westwood's Geffen Theatre, she again demonstrated why.

2011 Top Los Angeles Theatre Productions

Brad Schreiber | Posted 02.28.2012 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

When one walks out of a play shaking slightly from its effect, there is an element of criminality in trying to assign it a numerical rating. Thus, all of these works deserve the highest praise, on equal footing.

Short Eyes Assaults LA Theater

Tony Bartolone | Posted 02.07.2012 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Aggressive, immersive and psychologically scathing, Miguel Piñero's raw, poignant play is not to be missed.

Theater: Bring On Bring It On

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

A new musical from the creators of Avenue Q, In the Heights and Next to Normal just opened in LA and it is a smash-mouth cheerleading sensation.

Poison Apple Sweetens LA Theater

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Tony Bartolone

2011-11-14-20111029PAPub_1111111.jpg Poison Apple is Sean Galuszka's one-act play

My Child: Mothers of War Debuts This Weekend

Angeliki Giannakopoulos | Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts
Angeliki Giannakopoulos

Next week marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In honor of this, I am debuting my new play with an award-winning cast including Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frances Fisher, Melina Kanakaredes, Elizabeth Pena, Lainie Kazan, Mimi Rogers, Jean Smart and Lynn Whitfield.

Theater Review: Sylvia at the Edgemar

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 07.23.2011 | Los Angeles
Irene Rubaum-Keller

A.R. Gurney's hit play Sylvia has just opened at the Edgemar Center Theater in Santa Monica. It was first produced in New York in 1995. It was a hit then and I predict this version of it will be a hit as well.

PHOTOS: Preview The 25th Annual 'Last Remaining Seats' Film Fest

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 06.21.2011 | Los Angeles

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats Film Festival, with seven revival screenings in Downtown'...

Love for Sale -- The Escort Opens at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse

Jay Weston | Posted 06.07.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I was shocked, even stunned, by the play The Escort. I think it is one of the most engaging, interesting and finest depictions of sexual relations I have ever encountered in the theatre.

"The Little Flower of East Orange," The Elephant Theatre Company

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Scarborough

In an era of discredited priests, apostasy and religious fundamentalism, what the world needs is a good old saint; miracles not required.

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT: Raul Esparza and Brooke Shields in 'Leap Of Faith' at the Ahmanson Theater

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHAT:'Leap of Faith' WHEN:Now- October 24, 2010 WHERE:...