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  • Actors' Equity and L.A.'s 99-seat theaters: A brief history

    Actors' Equity and L.A.'s 99-seat theaters: A brief history
    A brief history of the small-theater debate: The original waiver wars occurred in the late 1980s when Actors' Equity Assn. sought to institute stipends for actors in theaters with 99 seats or fewer. Compensation had not been regulated since 1972, when...
  • Take note of these four musicals for a Tony, then vote for 'Fun Home'

     Take note of these four musicals for a Tony, then vote for 'Fun Home'
    Sometimes a musical finds its ideal home away from home. "Fun Home," the show based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel about growing up as a lesbian with a closeted gay funeral director father, opened off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2013 and became...
  • Sandra Tsing Loh's new play is one of five premieres in SCR season

    Sandra Tsing Loh's new play is one of five premieres in SCR season
    Sandra Tsing Loh, whose whimsical voice and off-kilter sensibility have stood alone on public radio and in solo stage performances, is about to let others cut in on her action for a change. The coming 2015-16 season announced by South Coast Repertory...
  • 'Bad Jews' make for savagely good comedy

    'Bad Jews' make for savagely good comedy
    With all the focus on the development of earnest, worthy, politically predictable new plays around Chicago, Theater Wit has been able to carve out a very simple but savvy niche. It favors fresh but fully formed comedies that were big hits in New York,...
  • Eifman Ballet's 'Up & Down' is up and down

    Eifman Ballet's 'Up & Down' is up and down
    Love him or hate him, Russian choreographer Boris Eifman makes nothing small. Extreme choreography, generally delivered at tantrum levels, is only one factor in the brash narrative ballets he creates. "Up & Down," making its North American debut at...
  • UPDATED: Actors' real stories about sleeping audience members

    UPDATED: Actors' real stories about sleeping audience members
    The Tribune asked theater actors to tell us about memorable encounters with sleeping audience members, and the stories came tumbling in. We ran the first batch on Sunday; today we have even more to share. Here they are all together, with the newer...
  • Sci-Fest L.A. gives one-act science-fiction plays a spotlight

    Sci-Fest L.A. gives one-act science-fiction plays a spotlight
    In the throne room of a mad, power-hungry emperor, a scientist reports that he's found a way to rebuild a mutilated soldier into an unstoppable killing machine. The emperor summons the cyborg to his chamber, but what follows isn't a strategy session...
  • Amusing, sensitive 'Immediate Family' tackles sexual orientation, race

    Judged by the lofty standards of dramatic literature, Paul Oakley Stovall's "Immediate Family" isn't all that impressive. But as dramatic entertainment, it's often touching and amusing and through its sensitive handling of topical subjects it means to...
  • 'Rituals' takes over the Storefront Theater

    'Rituals' takes over the Storefront Theater
    Restless minds produce a restless work in "Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #14: Curious Reinventions," as Margi Cole and the Dance COLEctive join the Peter Carpenter Performance Project in Carpenter's 14th dance-theater investigation of politics,...
  • Phylicia Rashad on directing 'Immediate Family' at Mark Taper Forum

     Phylicia Rashad on directing 'Immediate Family' at Mark Taper Forum
    Poet Vivian Ayers once told her daughter Phylicia Rashad that being an actress made her one of the "magic" people. "I said, 'What do you mean, Mama?'" said Rashad. "She said, 'You create so much out of nothing.'" And for the majority of her career,...
  • In 'Sunset Baby,' a reunion sets the stage for rage

    In 'Sunset Baby,' a reunion sets the stage for rage
    Playwright Dominique Morisseau displays plenty of fire in “Sunset Baby,” her heartfelt but undisciplined drama now in its West Coast premiere at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. A melodramatic mélange, the play vacillates between the riveting...