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PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S “THE ORIGINALIST” BRINGS THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO LIFE

PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S “THE ORIGINALIST” BRINGS THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO LIFE

By Lisa Lyons Whether you loved him or hated him, no one could deny the powerful influence that Justice Antonin Scalia held over the Supreme Court since his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Always a polarizing figure with an incisive mind, savage wit and superlative writing skills, Scalia delivered many dissents that will […]

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Special to Desert Star Weekly from Lisa Lyons In the history of theatre, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary multi-casting, the idea of casting a black actor to play “Othello” has been seen as earth-shaking in its audacity. Why that should be so and what black actors had to endure to make it an accepted […]

DELIGHTFUL EUGENE O’NEILL COMEDY AT A NOISE WITHIN THEATRE

DELIGHTFUL EUGENE O’NEILL COMEDY AT A NOISE WITHIN THEATRE

Eugene O’Neill, America’s only Nobel Laureate in Literature (1936) is a giant of the American theatre. He’s arguably one of the four greatest American dramatists of the 20th century, along with Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee. O’ Neill, is best known as a highly-regarded dramatist who explored the dark and rougher side of […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE STAGES A MAGICAL COMEDY

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE STAGES A MAGICAL COMEDY

Tony Kushner, one of the country’s premiere intellectual playwrights is an award-winning dramatist who is best known for his monumental Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning, two-part epic “Angels in America”.  In that play, he tackled the worldwide Aids epidemic. In the current North Coast Repertory Theatre production he switches 180 degrees to translate and […]

“ZOOT SUIT” REVIVAL RETURNS TO ITS BIRTHPLACE: THE MARK TAPER FORUM 

“ZOOT SUIT” REVIVAL RETURNS TO ITS BIRTHPLACE: THE MARK TAPER FORUM 

Seventy-five years ago a murder was committed in Los Angeles in an area known as the ‘Sleepy Lagoon reservoir’.  Four young Latino men were charged with the crime of murder, and the ensuing, highly controversial trial introduced a new word into the main-stream American lexicon – “Pachuco”. In 1977, playwright/director Luis Valdez, brought his play […]

2015 TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAWS RAVES FROM LA AUDIENCES

2015 TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAWS RAVES FROM LA AUDIENCES

The ‘boys’ won Tony Awards in the 80s with such gay-themed shows as “Torch Song Trilogy and nabbed another with the musical “La Cage aux Folles “(1983), and yet another, with the blockbuster musical hit “Kinky Boots” in 2013; all from the creative brain of Harvey Fierstein. Now it’s the ‘girls’ turn in the first […]

O’NEILL DRAMATIC MASTERPIECE ON STAGE AT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE 

O’NEILL DRAMATIC MASTERPIECE ON STAGE AT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE 

Eugene O’Neill became America’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1936.  His canon of more than 30 plus plays, including four prestigious Pulitzer Prizes in Drama (the most wins to date), culminated in what is now considered to be his masterpiece “Long Day’s Journey into Night”, penned in 1953 and posthumously produced three years after […]

TECHNOLOGY’S ANSWER TO AGEING IS ON STAGE A NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE IN SOLANA BEACH

TECHNOLOGY’S ANSWER TO AGEING IS ON STAGE A NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE IN SOLANA BEACH

The power that are in words are the keys to understanding; with clarity comes hope, and a great many more feelings, all merging into a larger life-affirming force that becomes the tools of the writers, the playwrights, the actors, the technicians, and the creative artisans who move us to feel human. When we’re in their […]

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