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  • 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...
  • Laura Linney not staying neutral about 'Switzerland' at Geffen Playhouse

    Laura Linney not staying neutral about 'Switzerland' at Geffen Playhouse
    Laura Linney paused for a moment before delivering a blunt assessment of her latest role, author Patricia Highsmith: "It's going to kick my butt." The three-time Academy Award-nominated actress wasn't complaining or admitting to premature defeat. If...
  • REVIEW: 'This Is Modern Art' at Steppenwolf Theatre

    REVIEW: 'This Is Modern Art' at Steppenwolf Theatre
    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. Who has...
  • Not just Spock: Leonard Nimoy's arts trek covered many galaxies

    Not just Spock: Leonard Nimoy's arts trek covered many galaxies
    “Leonard Nimoy carried conviction,” is the first sentence ever written in the Los Angeles Times, 59 years ago, about the man-who-would-be-Spock. He was playing a supporting role in a now-forgotten play called “Life Is But a Dream”...
  • Deaf West dives into David Mamet's fighting words in 'American Buffalo'

    Deaf West dives into David Mamet's fighting words in 'American Buffalo'
    To say the word "coin" in American Sign Language, you join the tip of your index finger to your thumb to create a circle, like making the "OK" sign, and then place the palm of your other hand beneath it. But if you remove your palm from beneath the...
  • Larry David's play 'Fish in the Dark' thinks too small-screen

    Larry David's play 'Fish in the Dark' thinks too small-screen
    It's the pesky little things that make up Larry David's infinitely expandable comic universe. All those petty grievances and minor disputes, the slights and slips, the miscues and forced apologies — so flustering in our own lives, so hilarious in...
  • Writer Nathan Englander's avenging pen

    Writer Nathan Englander's avenging pen
    Nathan Englander was in college when he first heard the story of Stalin's 1952 purge of Russia's top Yiddish writers. Determined that their story not die with them, he fictionalized their plight in "The Twenty-Seventh Man," the short story that led his...