| Jul 21, 2010
Lots of people die ironically nasty deaths in the bucolic English countryside, at least in the popular British TV series "Midsomer Murders" and in many of the much-loved 80-plus mystery novels of Dame Agatha Christie.
We know because we're addicted to...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 4:05 PM
The Huntington Beach Playhouse may be formulating plans to celebrate its 50th season three years hence, but next door in Westminster, there's already a golden anniversary event underway.
The Westminster Community Theatre, born in 1961, is in the midst of...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 2:31 PM
"Tiny Fascists: A Boy Scout Musical" **1/2
Nostalgists of the Scouting persuasion will find plenty to like in this deranged ode to idealized manliness, awkward preteen camaraderie and an obsession with mastering knots.
The show was created by an...
| Apr 3, 2011
As actor Charlie Sheen brings his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" show to Chicago on Sunday, we won't perform any diagnosis but simply state that many people wonder whether his recent hijinks suggest he has become unhinged. In his honor, let's take 10 looks at...
| Apr 9, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men," has died. He was 86.
Lumet's death was confirmed Saturday by Marc Kusnetz, who is the husband of Lumet's stepdaughter,...
| Sep 25, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Colonial Players' season opener of Agatha Christie's "The Unexpected Guest" begins with several minutes of suspenseful darkness, before a stranger enters the unlit house and shines his flashlight on a woman holding a gun.
The stage lights brighten to...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 3:24 PM
The Mystery Writers of America announced the 2011 nominees for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards on Wednesday, which also marked the 202nd birthday of the award's literary namesake.
While Chicago-based nominees were absent from most categories, both Sara...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 4:23 PM
Having reached the milestone of its 50th season, the Westminster Community Theater is making plans for its 51st, which will get underway next month.
Things will get started on a prestigious note with a play that won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 3:40 PM
When Karen Rose enrolled at the University of Maryland, the one thing she knew was that she "didn't want to dissect."
It's a funny confession for an author who has written a 494-page novel about a killer who tortures victims with a filleting knife.
| Jun 24, 2011
| 1:35 PM
Peter Falk had a fine career on the stage and in feature films. His crazed comic performance in "The In-Laws" alone would guarantee a major appreciation from film critics and scholars.
But it is his network television work in the 1970s as a modest, sly,...
| Jul 8, 2011
•The Colonial Players will hold auditions for its production of the Agatha Christie mystery "The Unexpected Guest" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, July 17-18, at 2132 Reynard Court, Annapolis. Roles are available for seven men age 19 to 50s...