| Apr 10, 2015
| 7:29 AM
Talking to Dick Gregory these days is a chore. Not because the man rambles — he's 82 and has earned the right. Not because every question for the famously philosophical comedian and activist — the self-proclaimed first black satirist —...
| Apr 7, 2015
| 4:00 PM
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.
| Apr 9, 2015
| 5:00 PM
In the aftermath of a mass shooting, the sole survivor narrating Neil LaBute’s “The Break of Noon” at City Garage resolves to mend his selfish ways, attributing his escape to divine intervention.
Don’t expect miracles, though....
| Apr 9, 2015
| 4:00 PM
“Occupation,” now receiving its West Coast premiere at Sacred Fools Theater, explores the ramifications of globalization and imperialism with considerable ambition and erratic dramaturgy, to put it mildly.
It transpires in 2017, when, as...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 4:00 AM
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...
| 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...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 7:00 AM
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...
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 7:00 PM
Before announcing the winner for lead actress at the 1986 Academy Awards, F. Murray Abraham, elated that the recipient was his stage friend Geraldine Page, exclaimed, "I consider this woman the greatest actress in the English language."
| Feb 22, 2015
| 5:40 PM
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...