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  • The arts become Earth-aware: Dawning age of what are known as eco-arts

    The arts become Earth-aware: Dawning age of what are known as eco-arts
    In his most recent book, "The Meaning of Human Existence," Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson challenges the humanities to stop being in effect so darn man-crazy. "Anthropocentricity" is the precise term for the cramped view that divorces humankind from...
  • 'Into the Woods' has a bewitching popularity — and presents issues

     'Into the Woods' has a bewitching popularity — and presents issues
    The new movie version of "Into the Woods" is big in many ways — big stars (Meryl Streep, Chris Pine), big visual effects (giant beanstalk, angry giantess) and big score (booming orchestra that lays on the grandiosity). The $50 million that...
  • Review: 'The Who's Tommy' at Paramount Theatre

    Review: 'The Who's Tommy' at Paramount Theatre
    In the summer of 1968, Pete Townshend gave a lengthy interview to Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone about the future direction of The Who, Townshend's rock band. "We've been talking about doing an opera," he said. "We've been talking about doing, like, albums,...
  • Ben Jonson, like Charb of Charlie Hebdo, sought to reduce zealots

    Ben Jonson, like Charb of Charlie Hebdo, sought to reduce zealots
    The massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff can be considered as another moment in a centuries-old struggle between an artist's right to laugh at zealots (and do something about it) and the zealot's right to be offended by the actions of the artist (and do...
  • Novel take but predictable revelations in 'The Whipping Man'

    Novel take but predictable revelations in 'The Whipping Man'
    Remember the scene in "Gone With the Wind" when Scarlett fries latkes for a Hanukkah party at Tara? No? Right, there wasn't such a scene. American Civil War sagas seldom reflect a Jewish perspective. Matthew Lopez's 2011 play "The Whipping Man," now...
  • Holiday gift ideas for theater lovers

    Holiday gift ideas for theater lovers
    Still wondering what to get your theater-obsessed nearest and dearest? Theater critic Charles McNulty shares his gift ideas for those with the right kind of histrionic nature. For playwrights "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" (W.W....
  • The year in theater: Drama reigns in 2014

    The year in theater: Drama reigns in 2014
    The year isn't exactly ending on a high note. Rage over racial injustice, shocking reports of U.S. torture and the promise of even more governmental gridlock in 2015. Dare I even mention Taylor Swift's reign as queen of the pop charts? Faith in our...
  • The male of the species, under glass and onstage

    The male of the species, under glass and onstage
    "The Penis Chronicles" has extended at the Coast Playhouse, which is understandable, and, given that venue's long-dark status, heartening. Tom Yewell's study of the male experience isn't necessarily the counterpart to Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues"...
  • Charles McNulty's best stage shows of 2014

     Charles McNulty's best stage shows of 2014
    Here is Charles McNulty's look at the best of 2014 in theater in Southern California and beyond. "Choir Boy" (Geffen Playhouse): Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney found poignant harmony in his play about the cruel disharmony of difference at an all-...
  • Between states: Ideas in the Civil War-set play 'The Whipping Man'

    Between states: Ideas in the Civil War-set play 'The Whipping Man'
    Martin Benson deferred his enlistment in Civil War drama for half a century, but now the stage director is bringing a zeal for realism to "The Whipping Man," his first assignment concerning America's bloody — and far from finished —...
  • Review: 'Pretty Persephone' musical by Billy Corgan

    Review: 'Pretty Persephone' musical by Billy Corgan
    It might engender a few eye rolls, but the notion of Billy Corgan writing a musical makes excellent sense. He has always been an artist of ambition, his lyrics long suffused with the emotional language of melancholy and transformation. He has enjoyed...