| Sep 26, 2008
In the most complimentary sense, Yves Lola St. Vil's "The Bones of Lesser Men" at the Met Theatre is an ensemble piece that follows in the stylistic footsteps of the late August Wilson.
Set in a diner that serves as the heart and soul for an impoverished...
| Oct 10, 2008
Wren T. Brown recalls growing up in the 1960s in a modest South Los Angeles neighborhood off a lively Washington Boulevard corridor, invigorated by popular night spots, such as the Ebony Showcase Theatre, the It Club and the Parisian Room.
"It was a...
| Oct 17, 2008
Location, location, location. In the Pittsburgh of August Wilson, there's only one address that matters: 1839 Wiley Ave., home of Aunt Ester. The people say she's as old as slavery and can heal its terrible wounds. If you want to get right with yourself,...
| Nov 12, 2008
Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...
| Jun 11, 2007
"SPRING Awakening," the musical lauded for giving Broadway fresh impetus by using rock songs to intensify its tale of teenagers wrestling with their libidos in 19th century Germany, racked up eight Tony Awards on Sunday night.
Its haul during the Tonys'...
| Dec 12, 2007
Viola Davis has signed on and Amy Adams is in talks to join the ensemble cast of "Doubt."
John Patrick Shanley is directing the big screen version of his Tony-winning play, already set to star Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
| Mar 28, 2010
Southern California is famous for being ahead of the national curve -- in styles, fads and unenviable crises. And right now, the region's largest institutional theaters are serving as a crystal ball for leadership concerns affecting nonprofit theaters...
| Jun 7, 2009
On the opening night of the revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms," Kevin Spacey, Naomi Watts and a crush of theatergoers pressed into the St. James Theatre. But the man most instrumental in its transfer from Chicago's Goodman Theatre was...
| Aug 30, 2009
Seated around a large table during the first week of rehearsal for "The Night Is a Child," director Sheldon Epps guides his actors' investigation of a scene between an American woman and the hotel owner she encounters in Brazil. He asks them about the...
| Jun 12, 2006
That old boys club Broadway at least was honest this year about its predilections, honoring the macho jukebox musical "Jersey Boys" as best musical and giving Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" six Tonys, including best play. But there was a soft spot amid...
| Jan 30, 2010
The Pasadena Playhouse will close Feb. 7 after the final performance of its current show, "Camelot," as leaders of the 90-year-old landmark theater search for ways out of serious financial difficulties.
Among the options they are considering is a...