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  • Jimmi Simpson goes ape for his 'Trevor' theater role

     Jimmi Simpson goes ape for his 'Trevor' theater role
    When Jimmi Simpson told his agent and manager that he was bowing out of TV pilot season in order to play a chimpanzee at a small theater in Atwater Village, they thought he was bananas. The actor, 39, had just come off a two-season run of the popular...
  • L.A. actors send union strong message against enacting pay hike

    L.A. actors send union strong message against enacting pay hike
    With leaders of the national stage actors' union poised to deliberate Tuesday on a new $9 hourly minimum wage in small Los Angeles theaters, the rank and file in L.A. has voted overwhelmingly against the pay hike. The 2,046 to 1,075 vote by local...
  • SCR's 'Mr. Wolf' sharply provokes, then turns blunt

     SCR's 'Mr. Wolf' sharply provokes, then turns blunt
    Spoiler alert: The title character of Rajiv Joseph's new play, "Mr. Wolf," kills himself after the first scene. This would preclude him from serving as the play's protagonist, but it doesn't prevent the actor in the role, John de Lancie, from receiving...
  • 'Finding Neverland' ready to fly after a bumpy trip to Broadway

    'Finding Neverland' ready to fly after a bumpy trip to Broadway
    A week from opening night, what might charitably be called a charge of creative tension ripples through a rehearsal for the new Broadway musical "Finding Neverland." The show's choreographer is jumping on the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne theater to switch...
  • Butoh festival mixes humor, horror

    Butoh festival mixes humor, horror
    You can't beat butoh for variety, creativity and utter investment. Despite, or because of, performers' intense self-focus, it seems butoh can be more open than conventional dance to craft and innovation, an unbeatable mix. The common threads of...
  • 'The Great War's' portrayal of WWI battlefield horror proves ingenious

     'The Great War's' portrayal of WWI battlefield horror proves ingenious
    Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I — a hellish anniversary, to be sure, but one that couldn't go unmarked. Observe how the geopolitical consequences of that conflagration are savagely playing out in the Middle East,...
  • 'Wolf Hall' a thrilling high-stakes game in Henry VIII's court

    'Wolf Hall' a thrilling high-stakes game in Henry VIII's court
    As Thomas Cromwell, the Machiavellian mastermind behind Henry VIII, Ben Miles surveys the comings and goings at court with a watchful reserve that shifts imperceptibly into murderous stealth. A survivor who happens also to be a ruthless tactician, he...
  • Deeply felt emotion powers Lyric's 'Carousel'

    Deeply felt emotion powers Lyric's 'Carousel'
    "Oklahoma!" is about America growing into adulthood. "The Sound of Music" pairs romance and family reconstruction with growing moral determination. But "Carousel," the most emotionally potent of all the great Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II...
  • '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,...
  • Plenty of bite in 'Of Good Stock,' but a soft heart lurks within

    Plenty of bite in 'Of Good Stock,' but a soft heart lurks within
    South Coast Repertory’s generosity to new playwrights has a fairy godmother-like charm. The company commissioned a play from the relatively unknown writer Melissa Ross and has mounted a lavish, gorgeous world premiere production of it. I would...
  • 'Outside Mullingar': Spark of intensity lights an Irish fire

    'Outside Mullingar': Spark of intensity lights an Irish fire
    "Outside Mullingar," a recent play by John Patrick Shanley ("Doubt") and the newest attraction from the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, starts out in a manner familiar to anyone with affection for dramas set in rural Ireland, suggesting a comfortable and...