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  • Theater review: 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' at ACT

     
    From San Francisco The happiest surprise of British director John Doyle’s dashing, apocalyptic staging of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” which opened Wednesday at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, is the depth of...
  • Monster Mash: Autry president to retire; Einstein's theory of relativity goes public; LuPone's ballet debut

     
    --Bidding farewell: John L. Gray, president of the Autry National Center of the American West, will announce his retirement today. (Los Angeles Times) --Scientific treasure: The original 46-page manuscript of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity...
  • Music review: Hanns Eisler, a Marxist for our time?

     
    Hanns Eisler is not, yet, a recovered voice. A two-time Oscar nominee for best score, the German composer, who fled the Nazis in 1933, was the first in motion pictures to be called up by the House Committee on Un-American......
  • How Ann Magnuson gott her dammerung on (and became a Wagner groupie)

     
    Like many opera illiterates, I used to associate Richard Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” with one thing: Nazis. Those ominous strings, the rumbling timpani, the heroic heralding horns; they could mean only one thing ... more Hitler footage on t...
  • Theater review: 'The Good Woman of Setzuan' by Open Fist

     
    The pulse of the tango insinuates itself into a Chinese opera. A British comedy erupts in the midst of a bunraku performance. Guatemalan cloth brushes up against Oriental silk.These are but a few of the cultural mash-ups on view in......
  • The Virginia Quarterly Review, part 1: A suicide rocks the esteemed literary journal

     
    On July 30, Kevin Morrissey printed a note, gathered his identification and called the Charlottesville, Va., police to report a shooting at the coal tower, a local landmark. When they arrived, it was Morrissey they found dead of a self-inflicted......
  • A conversation: Christopher Hampton revisits 'Tales from Hollywood'

     
    Few playwrights are as intimately acquainted with the movie business as Christopher Hampton. The British dramatist has penned numerous screenplays during his career, winning an Oscar for "Dangerous Liaisons" in 1989 and a nomination for "Atonement" in...
  • Theater review: ‘Tales From Hollywood’ at the Odyssey Theatre

     
    Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich and Thomas Mann, and their expatriate literary cohorts may have chalked up a hit or two in Europe, but did they have what it takes to make it in Tinseltown? The story of how talented writers fleeing......
  • Thanking, Giving and Forgiving in the Time of Scarcity

     
    Call me cynical but one of my favorite books last year was a sobering tome by Barbara Ehrenreich called, Bright-Sided, How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. Our nation's obsession with positive thinking practically...
  • The Spotlight: The birthday party in 'Tales From Hollywood' at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

     
    Turning 40 is always an event, but for Ödön von Horváth, the sardonic hero of “Tales From Hollywood,” hitting the big 4-0 in 1941 proves to be particularly memorable: “On Sunday, Pearl Harbor. Monday, war was declared. And on Tuesday,......
  • Ring Lardner Jr., last of the Hollywood 10, dies

    Ring Lardner Jr., the Academy Award-winning screenwriter who was imprisoned for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee, has died of cancer. He was 85. The last survivor of the so-called Hollywood 10, a group of...