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  • Celebrating a street vibe in Griffin's 'Balm in Gilead'

    Celebrating a street vibe in Griffin's 'Balm in Gilead'
    A drunk — maybe also a stoner, maybe not — was wandering down Milwaukee Avenue on Sunday night in the environs of the Den Theatre. Another amped-up dude could be found staggering in the line to the restrooms. Both were adjuncts of director Jonathan Berry's expansive and intriguingly immersive production of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead," staged in a studio with a back wall of windows, looking out on the real fire escapes and streetlights of 2015 Wicker Park. Here Wicker Park was a stand-in for Manhattan's upper West Side of the mid 1960s, an era before Russian oligarchs bought up all the real estate, and a sweet hooker from Chicago could still find a friendly counter perch in an all-night coffeehouse and a cute pusher for whom to care.
  • When the spotlight moves on, from a different perspective

    When the spotlight moves on, from a different perspective
    “Sandra, I’m home. No go on the Dunkin’ Donuts job.” Thus the title character of “Trevor,” presented by Circle X Theatre Co., grabs our attention in a 200-pound death grip. Even in a burgeoning spring season already...

    REVIEW: 'The Other Place' at Profiles Theatre

     REVIEW: 'The Other Place' at Profiles Theatre
    If you are familiar with Lisa Genova's "Still Alice" — a play and now a movie starring the Oscar-nominated Julianne Moore, as well as a book — then you'll have encountered a woman who has to deal with so-called early onset dementia. Genova's...

    'Anna Christie' a new stage in Jeff Perry, daughter Zoe's relationship

    'Anna Christie' a new stage in Jeff Perry, daughter Zoe's relationship
    "Scandal" star Jeff Perry was "gushing and crying" when he saw his actress daughter Zoe Perry on Broadway in 2013. The Northwestern graduate not only made her Broadway debut in Sharr White's thriller "The Other Place" but she also received much...

    Friday's TV highlights: A Paley Center for Media sitcom special and more

    Friday's TV highlights: A Paley Center for Media sitcom special and more
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 21 - 27, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Say Yes to the Dress: Since the Big Day...