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INSIGHTFUL DRAMEDY “THE CAKE” IS TASTY AND SHINES AT LA’S GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

Strong writing and a compelling plotline plus a talented cast of professionals adds up to winning over even the toughest of audiences when it comes to accepting and embracing the new realities in the ever-changing and evolving 21st-century American theatrical landscape. Plays, movies, and TV...

WORLD PREMIERE DRAMA “THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA” AT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

World premiere theatre productions are a roll of the dice not only for the playwright, cast, and director, but for the theatre and its audience as well.  Sometimes the theatre gods shine down upon a production and sometimes they don’t.  Regardless, the effort is...

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE LAUNCHES ITS 37TH SEASON WITH A TRIUMPHANT “BLITHE SPIRIT”

Mozart began composing music at the age of six.  Oscar Hammerstein II, reportedly agonized over two lines of lyrics, for ten days and sometimes longer while his partner, Richard Rodgers, patiently waited for the great lyricist/librettist to send him more words so he could...

MARK TAPER FORUM LAUNCHES 2018-2019 SEASON WITH RELEVENT DRAMA “SWEAT”

Sweat, is a word with many connotations.  Winston Churchill inspired a nation with his “blood, sweat, and tears” speech during WW II.  American males usually associate it with the work ethic of the NFL.  But in reality, it identifies the character of America’s working-class....

AMBITIOUS REINTERPRATATION PRODUCTION OF RICHARD III AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

Ambition supposedly killed Caesar according to Brutus.  It also, however, became a two-edged sword that cut both way.  Literature is bursting with characters who are infected with the ‘ambition’ virus who sometime beat the odds but usually die in the effort. Themes of love...

DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE RETUNS TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH A POWERFUL MESSAGE

Just when some people were beginning to think that filmmaker Spike Lee, known for his outspoken harsh and bold, assessment of race relations in his movies was fading from the forefront of black film directors, Lee (now 61 years of age), once again surprises...