| Feb 11, 2014
| 1:44 PM
"Wordsmiths & Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain"
Oxford University Press, $24.95
The English language is a strange and maddening thing, full of inconsistencies and so many spelling exceptions that they appear to be the rule...
| 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 1, 2014
| 12:55 PM
MOSCOW — Once I came to Moscow to cover an urban ballooning expedition. In winter. But when the balloonists came face to frigid, wind-lashed face with the winter here — well, we never got off the ground.
And so, as icy gales scoured the...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Much that was old was new again in 2013, which turned out to be a very good year for the classics.
It wasn't a bad year for new work either, even if too many of today's most provocative playwrights are getting short shrift from this town's nonprofit...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 3:30 PM
A powerful recurring motif in the varied works of Christopher Guest is the dummy.
From early sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" through a series of mock documentaries, the looming figure is an essential part of the Guest aesthetic. It can be a...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:48 PM
For the city to completely reject the grand jury’s report (“City to ignore jury’s report,” June 13) is sheer fiscal absurdity. Ignorance is bliss, but arrogance in government by city officials is perilous and reckless. “He...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Liv Rooth, who earlier this year starred in “Venus in Fur” at Hartford’s TheaterWorks, is featured in the cast of Joe Orton’s sex farce, “Loot,” which plays July 16 to Aug. 3 at the Westport Country Playhouse.
| Jan 11, 2013
| 12:08 PM
As 2013 begins, Robert Sean Leonard is the theater world's equivalent of a star athlete who's just completed his contract and become a free agent. There isn't a team that wouldn't want him; all he has to do is pick the best fit and sign.
| Jan 11, 2013
| 11:15 AM
When watching "Pygmalion," it's never easy to get "My Fair Lady" our of your head. Alan Jay Lerner took his lyrical ideas right from the George Bernard Shaw verbiage in most instances, which is not atypical, but when you hear Henry Higgins tell Eliza...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 7:05 PM
SAN DIEGO — For some theatergoers, George Bernard Shaw's classic 1913 play "Pygmalion" is "My Fair Lady" without the songs and traditional romantic ending. But returning to the source of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's beloved musical...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 10:20 AM
Central Florida's theaters will be bursting with famous names during February — but they're names from the page, not on the stage.
Plays presented around the region will boast some of the most famed names in literature, from ancient Greek writer...