| Jun 11, 2015
| 7:05 PM
The lesson of "Waterfall," the ersatz new musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, is that you can't judge a show by the resumes of the artists.
Richard Maltby Jr., who wrote the book and lyrics, won a Tony for his direction of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and has...
| Jun 10, 2015
| 4:25 PM
Ever since the TV series "Smash" spawned a narrow but rabid fan base before going off the air in 2013, the question has lingered: Would "Bombshell," the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical that drove the series, ever be developed for a real Broadway stage?...
| May 31, 2015
| 8:20 PM
Time veils the past in mystery for everyone, but theater artist Lars Jan's case is exceptional. His late father, an enigmatic Polish-born Cold War operative, remains an elusive figure despite the extensive documentary trail he left behind.
| May 22, 2015
| 4:57 PM
Tarell Alvin McCraney, the prodigiously talented author of "The Brother/Sister Plays," has called August Wilson a mentor, though Wilson's stylistic influence hasn't been conspicuous.
McCraney's work, a gumbo of myth, poetry and musical fragments,...
| Jun 4, 2015
| 4:00 PM
The pith of Harold Pinter is in the subtext. Innocuous interchanges – about a pilfered cheese roll, a ticking clock, a piece of fried bread – take on layers of meaning and menace that transcend the infrastructure of text.
That is, given...
| May 21, 2015
| 5:30 PM
One of two world premieres in Theatre West’s annual Writers-in-Rep series, Jule Selbo’s “Boxes” is a taut exercise in psychological manipulation that is one of those rarities in the contemporary theater -- a classically crafted...
| Jun 9, 2015
| 4:15 AM
How can you not love a musical about a badly mistreated pint-sized prodigy whose passion for reading rescues her from the bullies and boors around her?
"Matilda the Musical," the British import that became a Broadway hit, has a secret weapon in its...
| Jun 8, 2015
| 3:00 AM
The musical "Fun Home" follows the graphic novelist Alison Bechdel as she goes from an uncertain childhood in a small-town funeral home to a career as a highly successful lesbian author and artist.
The show concluded a similarly triumphant journey at...
| Jun 8, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Broadway went big this year. Big box office, big attendance, big flops and big statements.
The biggest statement by far was "Fun Home" winning five Tonys, including the best musical award, the grandest and most lucrative prize of all. The show, based on...
| Jun 5, 2015
| 5:00 PM
When a scene from one of Broadway's hit musicals or plays is performed on Sunday's CBS telecast of the 69th Tony Awards, an immediate surge of online and telephone orders for tickets is almost guaranteed.
The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards have...
| May 21, 2015
| 6:00 PM
Family dysfunction, that age-old staple of the dramatic canon, permeates the walking wounded that populate “The House of Yes” in a respectable, albeit still-gelling 25th anniversary revival at the Zephyr.
From its 1990 premiere at San...