| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:36 PM
"Muriel Spark: The Biography"
By Martin Stannard
W.W. Norton. 656 pages. $35
By nearly any measure Muriel Spark was a major 20th-century writer -- of longer fiction (twenty two novels); short fiction (sixty+ stories, published and republished in six...
| Oct 31, 2010
The Pasadena Playhouse is back. After shutting its doors in February because of financial problems, the theater reopened Oct. 12 with the one-man play "FDR" starring Ed Asner.
But is the building's most enduring protagonist back as well?
Some say Gilmor...
| Nov 18, 2010
Here's some high praise for the script of "Get Low": Star Robert Duvall compares it to the work of his dear, departed friend, the distinguished playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote.
"Individualizing, particularizing a place, a Southern theme, but yet...
| Oct 21, 2010
| 9:23 AM
Betrayal: Nobel Prize-winner Harold Pinter's drama explores an ill-fated love triangle between a woman, her husband and his best friend.: through Nov. 13; 8 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 5 p.m. Sun.; 8 p.m. Thu. - Fri.; $25; $20 for students;...
| Jul 1, 2010
Is John Waters a victim of his own popularity? The pencil-mustached favorite son of Baltimore started out as a purveyor of the outrageous; his greatest star, the 300-pound transvestite Divine, once ate dog feces on screen. (No, it wasn't a special effect....
| May 23, 2010
The Chicago Blackhawks are competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, named for Lord Stanley, the governor general of Canada who instituted the trophy. Another Stanley -- Morgan Stanley, the financial services firm -- is reportedly targeted in a federal...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 11:36 AM
We are a product of our many experiences. Even our genetic chemistry has much to do with how we see the world. I've driven myself to drink trying to figure out what makes me tick. What I've learned along the way is that — coupled with a quixotic...
| Dec 15, 2010
| 4:02 PM
Editor's note: This is the first of two columns reviewing the year 2010 in Huntington Beach theater. Next week's column will spotlight Golden West College.
The Huntington Beach Playhouse enjoyed a banner year in 2010, with most of its productions...
| Nov 21, 2009
Chicago's Feltre School offers discussion of the great works, in a no-commitment setting.
One thing to know about our book club: The discussions are intelligent without being fussy, and fun without being frivolous. Author we'd most like to meet: Yann...
| Jan 5, 2011
| 4:11 PM
Local theater groups have recently announced their schedules of productions for the 2010-11 season, but one forward-thinking organization already has its to-do list nailed down for 2011-12.
That would be Golden West College, whose longtime director,...
| Jan 22, 2011
Theoni V. Aldredge, a preeminent costume designer in theater and film who created wardrobes for more than 300 productions over nearly 50 years, died Friday at a Connecticut hospice, said her husband, actor Tom Aldredge. She was 78.
Know for her...