| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
She was called the Queen of Off-Broadway but you could call her the Queen of Way-Off-Broadway, too, by way of Connecticut.
She was Lucille Lortel, and The Courant described her as "a woman of vim, vigor and vinegar. ... With Lortel's aggressive charm,...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:57 AM
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. — Goethe
On yet another glorious day, I found myself walking the beaches of Crystal Cove. As usual, so many joys were be found there. Take the search...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:00 PM
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Henry Higgins has a different kind of cultural challenge.
Kevyn Morrow (Broadway’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “A Chorus Line”) and Geri-Nikole Love (off-Broadway’s “Carlisle: A Different Three Sisters”) head...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Eleanor Marx, youngest daughter of a fellow named Karl, was something of a thespian as well as a chip off the old political block. In 1886, she starred as Nora in a London reading of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," then quite the radical feminist drama....
| Dec 13, 2013
| 7:08 AM
With frigid temperatures and patches of snow and ice all over Baltimore, it's even more fun to contemplate the just-announced 2014 Castleton Festival, since one thing you can count on at this engaging enterprise deep in Virginia's Rappahannock County is...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 2:21 PM
For 38 years I had a picture hanging in my office of three kids in a rowboat, armed with wooden swords, attacking a pirate ship. The pirates wait pensively with cannons and pistols. As the kids climb ropes attempting to board the ship, the lead attacker...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:30 AM
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music." Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:30 PM
If you've ever said to yourself after being wowed by an actor of Christopher Plummer's caliber, "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore," then you won't want to miss Plummer's one-man show, "A Word or Two," at the Ahmanson Theatre. He more or less...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Al Ruscio, a film, television and stage actor who was also a noted acting teacher and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild, died in his home on Nov. 12. He was 89.
Ruscio was already an accomplished actor by the time he arrived...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 10:12 AM
This is what I'm up against.
A blogger writing at A Few Reasonable Words discovers that the Chicago Manual of Style does not endorse everything his ninth-grade English teacher told him and proceeds to this discovery:
I ... did found the Baltimore...