| 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...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:00 PM
Everybody knows the Broadway and movie musical “My Fair Lady.” But not everyone is as familiar with its literary source.
It all began with George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play “Pygmalion.” With characteristic wit, the great...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 9:43 AM
Willy Russell's chamber comedy about a young working-class hairdresser in Liverpool bent on self-improvement and the embittered middle-aged English professor who becomes her tutor in the "open university" program lands somewhere between the razor-sharp...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 10:22 AM
First of all, let's explain why the serial comma is important to some people. A blog on economist.com cites an apocryphal example: "I'd like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God." Without a comma after "Rand," the writer has a mighty unusual parentage....
| Aug 18, 2011
| 9:33 AM
"Well, let's be honest," said Timothy Douglas, over a coffee in Evanston the other day. "There aren't many people who look like me running theater companies that look like Remy Bumppo."
Douglas, the new artistic director of that very Chicago company, was...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 3:38 PM
On Aug. 26, a post on the Laguna Beach city website notified us about plans for road widening of Laguna Canyon Road at El Toro Road by Caltrans.
Days later, the post reads "repaving" not "widening" but still offers no mention if the project complies with...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 2:37 PM
As Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson has often said, "There is never a dull moment in Laguna Beach. If you can't find a nonprofit to support or an event to attend, you are not paying attention."
Never truer than last weekend.
On Feb. 3, No Square Theatre...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 7:24 AM
Chicago's Remy Bumppo Theatre Company has announced its 2012-13 season at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The three-show slate begins with "Seascape" by Edward Albee, directed by new artistic director Nick Sandys and slated to open...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Mac Nachlas' letter suggests that the results of a recent European experiment not only raises entirely new doubt about Albert Einstein's theories but also reveals a failure of the U.S. to keep up with other devolved countries in its investment in basic...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 12:05 PM
Emery Battis, a veteran stage actor whose career spanned more than 70 years and who worked frequently at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven during its first decades, died Sept. 20 at an assisted-living facility in Marlboro, Mass. He was 96 and died of...
| Nov 11, 2011
At the age of 16, a French villager named Jeanne d'Arc responded to what she said were the voices of saints, exhorting her to take up arms against English invaders. Dressed in male clothing, she led troops to victory in battle after battle before being...