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Mark Taper Forum Hits A Home Run With “Buyer & Cellar”

Mark Taper Forum Hits A Home Run With “Buyer & Cellar”

Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum’s current West Coast premiere production of “Buyer & Cellar” is just a few miles from Dodger Stadium, home to those lovable lugs and expats from Brooklyn who are now in their fifty-fifth year of being the LA Dodgers   It just seems appropriate to stretch the baseball metaphor of hitting one […]

La Jolla Playhouse Presents West Coast Premiere Of “Ether Dome”

La Jolla Playhouse Presents West Coast Premiere Of “Ether Dome”

When a new medical treatment promises to eradicate pain, a doctor and his student play out an epic battle between altruism and ambition (think big bucks).  Based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846, “Ether Dome” written by Elizabeth Egloff, and directed by Michael Wilson, is a fascinating […]

Old Globe Musical Revival “Into The Woods” Proof That One Can Go Home Again

Old Globe Musical Revival “Into The Woods” Proof That One Can Go Home Again

Novelist Thomas Wolfe’s famous admonition of one “not being able to go home again” (he was speaking literarily and metaphorically) doesn’t hold up when it comes to the current production “Into the Woods” now on the stage at The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Theatre. One, can indeed go “home again” as the venerable […]

Old Globe White Theatre Stages Edgy Drama

Old Globe White Theatre Stages Edgy Drama

From the pen of the librettist of the 2007 Tony winning musical “In the Heights” comes  “Water by the Spoonful”, the second installment in playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes’ exciting Elliot Cycle stories: three stand-alone plays written over an eight-year period depicting the plight of her lead character Elliot Ortiz. As back-story for “Water by the […]

Old Globe Stages J.B. Priestly Comedy/Drama Of Manners

Old Globe Stages J.B. Priestly Comedy/Drama Of Manners

I was struck by the similarity in tone and back-story of J.B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways”, now on stage at The Old Globe Theatre and Julian Fellowes’ highly successful PBS –TV series “Downtown Abbey”.  Both stories have characters who come to grips with an England in transition between Europe’s two great wars (1914-1918 and […]

5.1 quake hits California, 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles

5.1 quake hits California, 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles

A 5.1-magnitude quake struck near the city of La Habra, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The tremor was felt across California on Friday, along with at least 100 aftershocks. The earthquake took place at 9:09 PM (04:09 GMT am on Saturday) nearly 1,6 km of the city of La Habra, […]

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