| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:27 AM
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa will present its annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" until Dec. 26.
Jerry Path's adaptation of one man's redemption and new lease on life stars Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge for the 34th...
| Dec 21, 2013
Consider this a purge.
A necessary year-end draining of the snippets, moments and bolts of cultural lightning that burned hot in my skull, sometimes left a mark, sometimes faded quickly, but always jolted me awake in 2013 and became, if only for one...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 12:52 PM
To get in the Christmas spirit, you might want to read a good piece of literature, something beyond “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In the spirit of giving, we've found three stories from three great writers of the 20th century that...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 11:00 AM
NEW YORK — Since you're probably wondering, let's just get this out of the way: Jessie Mueller, the actress playing the title role in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" on Broadway, has met the famed singer-songwriter but only once, during a...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:26 PM
Movie producer Dick Shepherd, whose credits include "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "The Fugitive Kind" (1960) and "Robin and Marian" (1976), probably saved one of the most popular film songs of all time.
After a test screening of "Breakfast at...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Hilton Als' "White Girls" is as much about white girls as the author's previous effort "The Women" was about femininity — which is to say quite a lot and not at all. Like its predecessor, "White Girls" is an inquiry into otherness, and by extension,...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:29 PM
The Laguna Playhouse presents the West Coast premiere of "A Christmas Memory" as the third installment of its 2013-14 Season of Stars.
Previews kick off Dec. 3, and the show runs from Dec. 7 to 29, at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
"It's the perfect holiday...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:29 AM
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who." By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"Peter and the Starcatcher" alights at the Ahmanson, Bette Midler portrays super-agent Sue Mengers, and Brian Dennehy is "The Steward of Christendom." Plus, a stocking stuffed full of seasonally -themed shows.
Celebrating the Holidays with The Lion King...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Probably the least important thing worth saying about Hilton Als' "White Girls" is that it's the best book of the year. I think it is, but these essays — hostile, intimate, whip-smart — brush aside such accolades. They refuse tidy conclusions,...