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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Can the haunted house be reinvented for a digital stage? This L.A. theater tries by Charles McNulty

In Geffen Playhouse's "Someone Else's House," multimedia artist Jared Mezzocchi opens the door to his family's haunted 200-year-old New England house.

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Review: I went to the theater for the first time in 14 months. UCLA's 'Encounter' is what I needed by Charles McNulty

Theater has returned to UCLA's Royce Hall, pairing perfect strangers in a private encounter.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

As we return to normal, a new plague: stage fright in the theater of daily life by Charles McNulty

With the next chapter of the pandemic comes a fear of returning to the roles we all used to perform, even among friends.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Happy birthday, William Shakespeare! You're not as old as you seem by Charles McNulty

Celebrating Shakespeare's birthday may seem retrograde, but his plays reveal what drama can do. Here's how I advise students to read the work.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Theater gets its weird back. How REDCAT and CAP UCLA shows celebrate the offbeat by Charles McNulty

A James Baldwin-William F. Buckley Jr. debate is fodder for a REDCAT presentation, and CAP UCLA's "Plastic Bag Store: The Film" mixes gravity with whimsy.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Commentary: Is Scott Rudin's apology enough? A new era demands more by Charles McNulty

Scott Rudin apologized after allegations of abusive workplace behavior, but he's not the only one. Broadway, it's time to straighten up your act.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman's 'Assassins' gathers a killer roster of performers by Charles McNulty

A doc illuminates the dark hold of Sondheim's 'Assassins' in a Classic Stage Company benefit reminding us why theater has been such a pandemic loss.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

With Josh O'Connor and Lupita Nyong'o, 'Romeo and Juliet' speaks to our fractured society by Charles McNulty

Two new versions — a National Theatre film coming to PBS and a Public Theater podcast out now — bring new life to Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Representation isn't just about visibility. Shootings remind us it's about life and death by Charles McNulty

What role can art play in opening eyes to the humanity of people different from ourselves? After the Atlanta-area shootings, the answer is urgent.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Commentary: Museums and movie theaters are reopening, but you won't see me in one. Not until summer by Charles McNulty

COVID-19 restrictions are loosening for cultural institutions even though health experts urge caution. We've haven't yet won the fight.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

His Sondheim show was a COVID-19 casualty, but Michael Michetti hasn't lost his 'Passion' by Charles McNulty

A year ago Michael Michetti, one of L.A. theater's most accomplished directors, was about to open the Stephen Sondheim musical "Passion" at Boston Court Pasadena. Then the pandemic hit.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Review: In 'The Gaze ... No Homo,' a Black and queer actor navigates the white theater world by Charles McNulty

Center Theatre Group streams "The Gaze ... No Homo," a Larry Powell play examining the possibilities of Black queer work in white environments.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Theaters hit the one-year anniversary of shutdown. How are artists keeping afloat? by Charles McNulty

Daniel Fish, Culture Clash, Dael Orlandersmith, Richard Maxwell, Annie Dorsen and Lars Jan reveal much loss — but also see a way forward.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Review: 'Yorick' is 'Hamlet' with haunting puppets and a smoky Malbec voice. It's ingenious by Charles McNulty

REDCAT's digital production of 'Yorick, La Historia de Hamlet' miniaturizes Shakespeare's tragedy into an ingenious hourlong show.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Christopher Plummer, a reading actor, found divinity in Shakespeare's words by Charles McNulty

The reading actor isn't a thing of the past, but a refined literary sensibility is valued less than social media savvy today.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Commentary: What 'Hamlet' has to say about Trump's impeachment trial by Charles McNulty

As the Senate impeachment trial gets underway, Shakespeare's tragedy illuminates the politics of rebellion and the quest to maintain a grip on power.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Adrienne Kennedy influenced generations of playwrights. An online festival shows why by Charles McNulty

Adrienne Kennedy, a Black playwright who's more influential than produced, is celebrated in a rare digital festival not to be missed.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Commentary: How to define theater in the digital era? I'll know it when I see it by Charles McNulty

Theater has suffered from placelessness in the digital era. Mark O'Rowe's "The Approach" roots us somewhere theatrically real.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Commentary: Presidential inaugurations are theater. What a difference this new cast makes by Charles McNulty

Same stage, different script: For a theater critic watching President Biden's inauguration, the most notable part of the performance is its humility.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Commentary: Times are bad, so keep your uplift. Give me 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Godfather' by Charles McNulty

The nation's overlapping crises have sparked the notion that audiences want to be uplifted, more than anything else. I disagree.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Review: Searching for the spirit behind 'Hello, Dolly!' and 'La Cage aux Folles' by Charles McNulty

Pasadena Playhouse streams "You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman," in which paying tribute to the Broadway composer proves harder than it might seem.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

In a year of losses, something gained: Theater, artfully filmed by Charles McNulty

This was the year that streaming versions of "Hamilton," "What the Constitution Means to Me" and "Ma Rainey" proved stage stories can shine on-screen.

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Odyssey's 'In Circles' stylishly revives a '60s Gertrude Stein musical experiment by Charles McNulty

"In Circles," Al Carmines' musical adaptation of Gertrude Stein's "A Circular Play," gets a topnotch revival at the Odyssey Theatre.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Idina Menzel lights up the sexy-neurotic comedy 'Skintight' at the Geffen Playhouse by Charles McNulty

Playwright Joshua Harmon's family comedy has its West Coast premiere.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The best theater to see in L.A. this fall by Charles McNulty

Fall theater season highlight for Los Angeles include a musical version of 'Almost Famous,' Bill Irwin in "On Beckett," a revival of August Wilson's "Jitney" and a new standup show by comic …

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Monday, September 9, 2019

For John Leguizamo, class is back in session. 'Latin History for Morons' hits L.A. by Charles McNulty

John Leguizamo's one-man show, now at the Ahmanson, delves into the Latino history missing from his son’s textbooks. It's a funny, dizzying journey.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

At the Getty Villa, Sophocles gets wounded in Aaron Posner's revamp of 'Philoctetes' by Charles McNulty

The annual outdoor production of classic Greek theater is Sophocles reimagined by Aaron Posner, known for adapting Chekhov into "Stupid ... Bird."

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Korean family drama 'Hannah and the Dread Gazebo' casts too many spells by Charles McNulty

Jiehae Park's "Hannah and the Dread Gazebo," presented by the Fountain Theatre and East West Players, follows a New York woman to the DMZ as she unravels the mysterious death of her grandmot…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Under-performed feminist masterpiece 'Fefu and Her Friends' is reborn at the Odyssey by Charles McNulty

'Fefu and her Friends,' María Irene Fornés' feminist classic, is reborn at the Odyssey Theatre

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

From 'Cabaret' to 'Phantom of the Opera,' Hal Prince made the musical modern by Charles McNulty

Hal Prince redefined the musical and Broadway in the second half of the 20th century.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre