| Jul 1, 2014
I alluded in my column today to an email that first began circulating in the late '90s and purported to explain the origins of many popular expressions on the basis of life in 1500s England. Here it is: Anne Hathaway......
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:52 AM
A red-hot rocking musical as well as a heart-felt one. Two ensemble dramas that looked at the way we live with humor and rue. A pair of outstanding shows from the state’s smaller theaters. A Shakespearean horror story and an over-the-top political...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Macbeth: Wars for crowns and kingdoms were popular long before "Game of Thrones." More than 400 years ago, William Shakespeare introduced the dark world of "Macbeth," a tragedy about the Scottish general whose appetite for the throne changes the course of...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 4:07 PM
William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” has been restaged with lots of vim and vigor by Outre Theatre Company in Boca Raton, moving the action from 17th century Sicily to modern-day Venice, Calif.
But strangely, in the balance,...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:21 PM
The Geffen Playhouse confirmed Monday that the $397 it’s currently charging for the best seats to Bette Midler’s upcoming one-woman show have set a house record, blowing beyond the previous pricing pinnacle of about $250.
Pricing for “...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:28 PM
Charles Dickens meets Lewis Carroll, literally, in “A Perfect Likeness” at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. This beautifully appointed two-hander about the authors of “Great Expectations” and “Alice’s...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Anne Barton, one of the 20th century’s foremost Shakespeare scholars, died Monday in Cambridge, England. She was 80 years old. The announcement was made by Cambridge University, where she was an emeritus professor of English and fellow of Trinity...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:45 PM
Anne Barton, one of the 20th century's foremost Shakespeare scholars, died Monday in Cambridge, England. She was 80. Cambridge University, where she was an emeritus professor of English and fellow of Trinity College, announced her death but gave no...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Here's a sentence you never thought you'd read: The two hot tickets on Broadway last week were William Shakespeare and classical boy-band Il Divo.
It seems unlikely enough that the Bard, much-revived in general and produced almost to a surfeit this...
| Nov 22, 2013
LONDON — December usually serves up a surfeit of sweet, and sometimes sickly, theatrical fare. Scrooge, sugarplums and fake snow — it's the tinsel-bedecked season of Dickensian adaptations, reworked fairy tales and pantomime, with its cross-...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 7:58 AM
Laurel Mill Playhouse is proving just how many stage lives belong to Bones Maurer, the black cat who debuted recently in "Bell, Book, and Candle." This time around, the four-legged thespian serves as the central plot device in the Playhouse's current...