| Feb 23, 2015
| 5:00 AM
An impassioned, two-hour, open-mike meeting about the future of Los Angeles County's small-theater community Saturday at the Renberg Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood drew an overflow crowd of well over 200 theater folks.
With just one...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 4:30 AM
Images of Patricia Highsmith in her later years suggest that Linda Hunt might be a suitable choice to take on the role of the author of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and other savage tales of phony identity and insidious murder.
Laura Linney, even with...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 7:37 AM
The title of Madhuri Shekar's family comedy, "A Nice Indian Boy," is a sly feint. On the surface, it appears that the nice Indian boy in question is Naveen Gavaskar, the soft-spoken only son of Indian immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area who is...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 9:00 AM
"They keep waking me up!"
A sleepy audience member actually said this, midperformance, during a Chicago production of the play "Faulkner's Bicycle" in 2001. The actors onstage, one gathers, were interfering with the guy's nap.
When I asked actors from...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 4:30 AM
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...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 1:40 PM
MILWAUKEE — When former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush joined the incumbent president, Bill Clinton, at the 1994 funeral of former president Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., it had been more than two...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 12:43 PM
"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...
| 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 8, 2015
| 3:00 PM
Music, especially angsty British new wave from such artists as Altered Images, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and New Order, was an indispensable part of the cinematic oeuvre of John Hughes.
The late, great director figured out that by creating a universe...
| 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."
| Mar 6, 2015
| 11:09 AM
"Fish in the Dark," Larry David's first Broadway play, is one of the hottest tickets in New York, playing to sold-out houses since previews began in February and generating high-profile publicity, including a "60 Minutes" profile on the veteran writer-...