| May 31, 2009
Guess who's coming to the beach barbecue this summer? Middle-class African Americans, that's who.
In two new critically esteemed works, Lydia Diamond's play "Stick Fly" and Colson Whitehead's just-published semiautobiographical novel "Sag Harbor"...
| 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...
| May 3, 2009
There are precious few guarantees in the theater anymore. Boffo playwrights went out with the Neil Simon dinosaurs. A new show by Stephen Sondheim, hands down the greatest living musical theater composer, can't even count on a Broadway booking. The only...
| 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 14, 2010
Reporting from New York
The feel-good musical "Memphis" and the art world drama "Red" were among the biggest Tony Award winners on a night when both Hollywood and London cast long shadows over Broadway's 64th annual spring ritual.
"Red," a two-character...
| 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...
| Feb 26, 2010
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The Pasadena Playhouse has had more close calls than Pearl White, more farewells (and miraculous recoveries) than Sarah Bernhardt. And here we go again.
The theater, which began 93 years ago as a troupe of actors in the Crown City, switched off its stage...
| Mar 14, 2011
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Have you noticed the way a few of the region's venerable nonprofit theaters have been turning into a marketing playground of star vehicles, empty-headed musicals and commercial retreads? The managers of these outfits, more impresarios than visionaries,...
| Jan 30, 2011
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There's a lot of crowing going on in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars."
Much of it comes from Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton. It's 1948 and fresh out of incarceration with a hit record on the radio, Floyd just knows he's going to make it big in Chicago.
| May 30, 2009
by Mark Silva The Obamas headed to New York City to see a play tonight The first couple's Broadway date:: August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Belasco Theater on W. 44th Street, according to theater executives cited......
| Jan 4, 2010
Bennett Bradley of Hollywoodâs Fountain Theatre won awards for directing and producing plays that burrowed deeply into the African American experience, but friends and colleagues remembered Monday that he savored and contributed to nearly all of the...