| Jul 8, 2012
David Hyde Pierce says there wasn't a "Eureka!" moment when it occurred to him to set Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners in manors, "The Importance of Being Earnest" with the playwright's characters as transplanted American gangsters in the 1930s....
| Jan 12, 2012
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Denny Dillon has lived an improvised life.
Whether growing up in Cleveland, only to be thrust into high school in the Philippines, or riffing with John Travolta, which landed her a memorable part in"Saturday Night Fever," or finding herself in an out-of-...
| Sep 20, 2006
Scriptland is a new weekly feature on the work and professional lives of screenwriters.
Indiana Jones, meet Jack Sparrow. Jim Uhls, who successfully adapted the "unadaptable" Chuck Palahniuk novel "Fight Club," has been hired to turn "Rex Mundi," a...
| Sep 3, 2009
1970-1974: Press aide for the Nixon administration
1974-1978: Part of the Ford administration's transition team; helped Nixon prepare his memoirs
1978-1981: CBS News correspondent assigned to State Department
| Jun 20, 2010
Few plays have affected me as viscerally as "Angels in America." I can still recall my state of mind in the theater, having traveled to New York from New Haven, where I was in graduate school, to see both parts ("Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika")...
| Mar 14, 2010
Backing Into Forward
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 450 pp., $30
Whether newspapers live or die, the prognosis for the comic strip doesn't look promising. The extinction of the form not much more than a century after its birth would...
| Mar 18, 2007
IT'S a dark and crowded theater in New York. The curtain has only been up five minutes, and Steve Wynn, the billionaire owner of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, leans in, grips my knee and whispers in my ear: "Eric," he says, "this will be great in Las Vegas."...
| May 8, 2009
Sam Cohn, a powerful talent agent who dominated New York's talent business during his heyday, has died. He was 79.
Cohn, who was at International Creative Management since its inception in 1975 and headed the New York office for nearly 25 years, died...
| Aug 9, 2009
In these cash-strapped days, people are lucky to get to see a show once, never mind a second or third time. But with "Spamalot" now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre more than four years after it opened on Broadway and a couple of years after it premiered...
| Mar 16, 2009
Ron Silver, the Tony Award-winning actor who amassed an impressive list of roles based on real-life figures in movies including "Reversal of Fortune" and "Ali," died Sunday. He was 62.
Silver, a longtime liberal political activist who became an outspoken...
| Apr 29, 2010
Furio Scarpelli, 90, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who co-wrote some of the best Italian comedies of the post-war period and who ventured into the spaghetti-western genre with the "The Good, the Bad and the...