| Feb 21, 2015
| 7:37 AM
The title of Madhuri Shekar's family comedy, "A Nice Indian Boy," is a sly feint. On the surface, it appears that the nice Indian boy in question is Naveen Gavaskar, the soft-spoken only son of Indian immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area who is...
| Mar 15, 2015
With so many dance troupes lying somewhere on the broad spectrum of classical contemporary dance, it can be hard to pin down style and mission for any of them. More to the point is the quality of the choreography and performance.
Two and a half years...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 3:18 PM
The National Theatre of Scotland — unusual in that it is a national theater without any physical theater of its own — has been in existence for only nine years. It has already been to simpatico Chicago, by my reckoning, five times. Perchance...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 11:12 AM
Is graffiti a legitimate artistic expression accessible to the otherwise excluded, or criminal vandalism that is the scourge of a great city?
Good question. Alas, not one that the Steppenwolf Theatre Company is asking its young audiences.
| Mar 13, 2015
| 9:00 AM
"Mr. Wolf," the new drama from Rajiv Joseph, is a play about family, faith and loss. But beyond that, the writer wants to keep the audience in the dark as much as possible.
"Part of the impact of the play hinges on a big reveal," said Joseph. "It's to...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 6:20 PM
It's the pesky little things that make up Larry David's infinitely expandable comic universe. All those petty grievances and minor disputes, the slights and slips, the miscues and forced apologies — so flustering in our own lives, so hilarious in...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 1:00 PM
The Founding Fathers famously had a way with words, but as reincarnated in Lin-Manuel Miranda's sensational musical "Hamilton," they can now bust a rhyme with the legendary MCs.
These revolutionaries still wear frock coats and breeches, but when they...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 6:30 PM
Maybe out of the glare of the Broadway spotlight "The Anarchist" will finally find its audience.
David Mamet's two-character play, which had a notoriously brief run on Broadway in 2012, will receive a staging in Los Angeles with two actresses who are...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 4:36 PM
“Leonard Nimoy carried conviction,” is the first sentence ever written in the Los Angeles Times, 59 years ago, about the man-who-would-be-Spock. He was playing a supporting role in a now-forgotten play called “Life Is But a Dream”...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 2:00 PM
To say the word "coin" in American Sign Language, you join the tip of your index finger to your thumb to create a circle, like making the "OK" sign, and then place the palm of your other hand beneath it. But if you remove your palm from beneath the...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 4:30 AM
The warehouse is cold and dark. A claw-foot bathtub sits in the middle of the room, which is bisected by lines of hanging laundry. Against one wall, a large wooden bar; against another, a shabby kitchen and bedroom. An office cluttered with clocks and a...