| 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...
| 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......
| Apr 24, 2010
Being a Tony Awards pundit is a dizzy job. We must rush around Broadway to see many top contenders that open in the last few weeks of the eligibility period so they can be freshest on voters' minds. Then we must dish with voters and peers so we can...
| Apr 26, 2010
NEW YORK -- Troy Maxson, the protagonist of August Wilsonâs 1987 drama âFences,â tells his sons that they've got to take the âcrookeds with the straights,â the bad with the good. This advice comes in handy at the unsettled new......
| Apr 27, 2010
"Fences" -- the 1987 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner by August Wilson -- opened Monday to rave reviews for its first rialto revival. Two-time Oscar champ Denzel Washington was praised for his performance as Troy, a one-time baseball star turned...