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  • Emotionally engaged? Maybe you weren't paying attention

    Emotionally engaged? Maybe you weren't paying attention
    In a book called "Seducing the Subconscious," Robert Heath, an advertising executive who moved into academia, makes the argument that emotional engagement is everything. No surprise there. In an era with so many cultural forces vying for attention,...
  • Conor McPherson, known for gritty immorality plays, shows tender side

    Conor McPherson, known for gritty immorality plays, shows tender side
    No one would accuse Conor McPherson of going soft. As Ireland's preeminent playwright, he is renowned for his bruising, binge-drinking, invective-spewing immorality tales. His plays may be more humane than the sadistic farces of his Anglo-Irish...
  • 'Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival' misplays the drama

     'Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival' misplays the drama
    It's hard to imagine Culture Clash's "Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival" receiving a more handsome production than the one directed by Lisa Peterson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, a retooled version of her 2003 staging of "Chavez Ravine" at the Mark Taper...
  • Kneehigh's 'Tristan & Yseult' an alluring blend of myth, music

     Kneehigh's 'Tristan & Yseult' an alluring blend of myth, music
    The delightful British theater troupe Kneehigh keeps finding ways of demonstrating that whimsicality on stage is perfectly compatible with emotional grace. The company's production of "Brief Encounter," a theatrical homage to David Lean's 1945 film...
  • REVIEW: 'Dividing the Estate' at Raven Theatre

    REVIEW: 'Dividing the Estate' at Raven Theatre
    Of all the American playwrights, the late Horton Foote was the closest this country ever had to Anton Chekhov. Although Foote's reputation during his lifetime was never equal to that of Arthur Miller, William Inge and Tennessee Williams, his peers,...
  • REVIEW: 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' at First Folio Theatre

     REVIEW: 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' at First Folio Theatre
    Before "The Writers' Room" became the name of a Sundance Television program examining the ins and outs and ups and downs of crafting popular television shows, Neil Simon created his own tribute to the all-star team of scribes behind Sid Caesar's "Your...
  • Dame Edna offers 'Glorious,' cheeky zaniness at Ahmanson

    Dame Edna offers 'Glorious,' cheeky zaniness at Ahmanson
    Dame Edna, the imperious suburban Melbourne, Australia, hausfrau with the purple wig and lacerating tongue, has never seen any connection between winning friends and influencing people. Her fans flock to her performances for the privilege of being...
  • 'Timepiece' is an absurdist throwback

    'Timepiece' is an absurdist throwback
    Charles A. Duncombe’s new play at City Garage, “Timepiece,” pays homage to the mid-20th century theater of the absurd: those bleak yet antic plays by Beckett, Ionesco, Genet and others that drove home the futility of mankind’s...
  • 'Mutant Olive,' one actor's audition -- and life story

    'Mutant Olive,' one actor's audition -- and life story
    "I was brought up by wolverines,” says the frenzied protagonist of “Mutant Olive,” and he’s not kidding. Writer-performer Mitch Hara’s entertaining albeit idiosyncratic solo show at the Lounge Theatre puts an entirely...
  • 'Reborning': Creepy, yes, but undeniably powerful

    'Reborning': Creepy, yes, but  undeniably powerful
    “Reborning” is the phenomenon in which customers purchase extravagantly expensive infant dolls – sometimes facsimiles of lost loved ones – that are amazingly lifelike in every particular. Fascinated by this “beautiful,...
  • REVIEW: 'That Hopey Changey Thing' and 'Sorry'

    REVIEW: 'That Hopey Changey Thing' and 'Sorry'
    Probably the single most infuriating and limiting thing about the American theater is its lack of immediacy when it comes to political and social commentary, mostly due to the absurd rigmarole and developmental time lags between someone writing a play and...