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  • Don't miss a word of this 'American Buffalo'

    Don't miss a word of this 'American Buffalo'
    David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” which premiered in Chicago in 1975, startled and delighted the theater world with its dialogue: broken, overlapping sentence fragments, studded with expletives, at once highly mannered and faithful to...
  • 'Beyond the Horizon' healing wounds of a divided Germany with pop rock

     'Beyond the Horizon' healing wounds of a divided Germany with pop rock
    As performers of a popular musical crowded the stage for the curtain call, the audience came to its feet. Bundled-up children cheered. Grandparents beamed. Financial-world types let loose whoops. Theatrical enthusiasm is a familiar sight in Germany,...
  • Exploratory 'First Take' presents six operas in progress

    Exploratory 'First Take' presents six operas in progress
    Opera as an art form about investigation might seem a radical idea in a modern world where so much about contemporary arts and entertainment is defined by conventional narrative. But such wasn't always the case. It still isn't in opera outside the...
  • 'Title and Deed': Brutal truths about life and death

    'Title and Deed': Brutal truths about life and death
    "We all come from blood and saltwater and a screaming mother begging us to leave." Given what we know about the origins of the species, and the rarity of even the most enthusiastic birthing mother looking to prolong the miraculous but less-than-relaxing...
  • Teacher-pupil cliches in this 'Class' at the Falcon Theatre

    Teacher-pupil cliches in this 'Class' at the Falcon Theatre
    Playwright Charles Evered takes the low road to easy sentimentality and derivative storytelling in “Class,” a West Coast premiere at the Falcon. Evered’s two-person comedy-drama features a dominant teacher and a submissive pupil -- a...
  • 'Dunsinane' at the Wallis held back trying to land big message

    'Dunsinane' at the Wallis held back trying to land big message
    Of all the possible Shakespearean sequels, "Macbeth II" seems among the least likely. At the end of Shakespeare's tragedy, the tyrant's head is lopped off, his childless wife has presumably killed herself and Malcolm, the worthy heir of slain Duncan, is...
  • 'The White Snake' at Old Globe is a sprightly fable of attraction

     'The White Snake' at Old Globe is a sprightly fable of attraction
    SAN DIEGO — God reputedly made the world in seven days, but that seems lazy by Mary Zimmerman's standards. She needs only a few seconds and some billowing fabric to conjure the four elements of classical mythology onto a bare stage. Zimmerman...
  • Out of Carey Perloff's 'Chaos' comes theatrical harmony

     Out of Carey Perloff's 'Chaos' comes theatrical harmony
    Carey Perloff, now in her 23rd season as artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, doesn't mince words when talking about the challenges confronting the American theater, a principal subject of her fiery new memoir, "Beautiful...
  • In 'Dunsinane,' David Greig offers a timely play -- set in 11th century

     In 'Dunsinane,' David Greig offers a timely play -- set in 11th century
    A powerful, righteous nation makes a military excursion into a troubled, complicated, divided country, determined to bring democratic lightness where there has been factional darkness. Predictions are made that the invaders will be cheered in the...
  • Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo

    Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo
    At the 1992 Academy Awards, composer Alan Menken was fielding questions in the press room after winning a couple of Oscars for his score for "Aladdin," the animated Disney movie. "How does it feel to win a Razzie for worst song of the year for 'Newsies'...
  • 'Pygmalion' falls short in uneven Pasadena Playhouse revival

    'Pygmalion' falls short in uneven Pasadena Playhouse revival
    It's always a delight to encounter the disputatious wit of George Bernard Shaw, a playwright who thought comedy was at its fizzy best when ideas were allowed to collide in the service of public enlightenment. His characters embody divergent ideological...