Tuesday, January 29, 2019

John Malkovich will play a Harvey Weinstein-like character in new David Mamet play ‘Bitter Wheat’ by Dorany Pineda

John Malkovich will grace the London stage this summer to play an unpleasant yet prominent Hollywood movie tycoon accused of sexual misconduct. On Tuesday, producers announced that the Oscar…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018

Perspective: Why political pundits give drama critics a bad name - Los Angeles Times by Charles McNulty

Political pundits have long been giving drama critics a bad name. Inevitably, in the run-up to an election, some op-ed columnist will make a crack comparing recent political coverage to thea…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Refreshing (and Challenging) Tea With Glenda Jackson by Artsjournal

It was around this time in the interview that all hell broke loose. After sharing that I had made the trip from Los Angeles expressly to see her Lear, I told her that she had helped me to he…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fifty Years Ago, These Four Pieces Of Music Blew Up The Modernist Status Quo by Artsjournal2

Mark Swed: Terry Riley's 'In C' "is simply a collection of 53 melodic motives, all in or around the key of C. Any instrument or vocalist — and any number of them — can play or sing. Each…

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Troubled Los Angeles Gallery CB1 To Close After Artists Say They Weren't Paid by Artsjournal2

CB1 will close when the current show closes, after claiming they were having cash-flow problems. "Those cash-flow issues are what prompted a group of artists to publish an open letter allegi…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Netflix Considers Buying A Movie Theatre Chain by Artsjournal

Although no cinema deal has materialized, the idea of Netflix buying a theater chain would mark a new phase in the company's rapid ascent to become one of the most powerful players in the en…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First tickets to see Tom Hanks live in 'Henry IV' go on sale Monday by Jessica Gelt

The first batch of tickets to see Tom Hanks star as Sir John Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV” go on sale Monday. The play, which is scheduled…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

At South Coast Rep, glimmers of light in 'Little Black Shadows' by Charles McNulty

“Little Black Shadows,” a new play by Kemp Powers at South Coast Repertory, is set in the 1850s, when slavery in the South is an obdurate fact yet glimmers of a distant dawn are starting…

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The Historic Los Angeles Times Building Will No Longer Hold The Los Angeles Times by Artsjournal2

Why? Well, the previous owners sold the building to a development corporation - which asked for a $1 million per month increase in rent after the lease expires June 30. So, according to new …

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Watts Tower Arts Center Director Is Suspended, And No One Will Say Why by Artsjournal2

Rosie Lee Hooks has been director of Los Angeles' Watts Tower Arts Center since 2010, and she has grown programs, attendance, and attention by leaps and bounds. Now, supporters say, there's …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Long Beach Opera raises life's questions, loudly, in Stewart Copeland's 'Invention of Morel' by Ricahrd S. Ginell

The new Stewart Copeland-Jonathan Moore opera “The Invention of Morel” from the mavericks at Long Beach Opera comes with a boatload of issues to ponder. Here are just a few: Is unrequite…

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Zooey, Taye, Rebel: Lineup announced for the Hollywood Bowl's 'Beauty and the Beast' concert by Sonaiya Kelley

For one weekend in May, Disney fans are once again invited into the world of "Beauty and the Beast," this time with a cast that includes Zooey Deschanel, Taye Diggs and Rebel Wilson. The Hol…

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L.A. theater openings, April 16-23: 'The Walking Forest' and more by Matt Cooper

This week: An immersive “Macbeth”-inspired fable at REDCAT, a new drama about the founders of the NAACP, and it’s all Greek to “junkyard opera” company Four Larks at the Getty Vill…

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NEA study explains financial effect of the arts nationally — and California's huge cultural economy by Carolina A. Miranda

Data released Wednesday by the National Endowment for the Arts, in a joint effort with the Bureau of Economic Analysis, offers an argument for keeping arts funding alive at a time when the T…

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As Center Theatre Group turns 50, an artistic director plots the second act (Hint: Think Hollywood) by Margaret Gray

A beat-up 10-speed bicycle leans against the wall in Michael Ritchie’s office on the second floor of the Center Theatre Group’s annex building in downtown L.A. Befitting a theater compan…

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Bette Midler and 'Hello, Dolly!': A match that makes for Broadway heaven by Charles McNulty

Rarely has an exclamation point in a title been earned as thoroughly as the one in the new Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler. The show, which opened at the Sam S.…

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the farmhouse next door, and unexpected connections in between by Charles McNulty

Path-breaking artists help us to see the world afresh by challenging our habitual patterns of perception. They shock us into new awareness by joining the disparate and sundering the similar.…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

How Images Are Increasingly Shaping Our Political Debate by Artsjournal

The line between subjective truth and propaganda is as old as war, politics and religion, but what's disquieting today is the velocity at which it moves, and how impossible it is to shove th…

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Say 'I do' to 'Significant Other,' the rare romantic comedy with depth to match the laughs by Charles McNulty

Joshua Harmon's funny play, in a glorious new production at the Geffen Playhouse, follows a gay man in his late 20s whose female BFFs get married, one by one, leaving him ever more anxious a…

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In Wake Of Curator Firing, Is MoCA's Director About To Resign? by Artsjournal1

"Is Museum of Contemporary Art Director Philippe Vergne on his way out? That's the question swirling in the art-world air following his surprise firing of MOCA's chief curator one month ago,…

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The 99-Seat Beat: Dorothy Parker, plus Ayad Akhtar times two by Philip Brandes

This week in L.A.'s small-theater scene: "The Willows" at the Bootleg Theater, "The Dorothy Parker Project" at Pacific Resident Theatre. "Disgraced" at L.A. Theatre Works and "The Invisible …

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Mitzi Shore, Owner Of LA's Comedy Store, Dead At 87 by Artsjournal1

"For at least a dozen years, she was 'all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy - the 1970s and early '80s - when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to g…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

David Bowie, the ballet: Complexions dancers pay tribute with 'StarDust' by Tim Greiving

"There's a little Bowie in all of us," says choreographer Dwight Rhoden, whose company will translate nine Bowie songs into contemporary dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Gender fluidi…

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Why Broadway's hottest theater just might be on the West Coast by Barbara Isenberg

Christopher Ashley, the reigning Tony Award winner for best director of a musical, calls it “an extraordinary moment,” but it’s actually been an extraordinary year: “Come From Away,…

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Why Broadway's hottest theater just might be on the West Coast by Barbara Isenberg

"Come From Away," "Indecent," "Junk," "Latin History for Morons," "Escape to Margaritaville" and, opening April 23, "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical": Six recent plays and musicals to lan…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Two Tween "Franchise" Plays Break Broadway Box Office Records by Artsjournal

The Harry Potter play, based on a new story by author J.K. Rowling in collaboration with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, announced Monday that it had set a Broadway record for the strongest pr…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

'Harry Potter' and 'Frozen' break records on Broadway by Jessica Gelt

Stories with a rabid tot and tween fan base are proving their box office might as “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and Disney’s “Frozen” break records on Broadway. The Harry Pot…

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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Shaw's 'Saint Joan': A marathon for four actors, and the audience by Charles McNulty

However you judge Bedlam, this young and adventurous New York company deserves extra points for a program with an unusual degree of difficulty. Imagine four actors taking on all the roles no…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

'Love Never Dies,' a sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera,' struggles to abduct us by Daryl H. Miller

You would think that Christine Daaé might have learned by now to avoid rooms with full-length mirrors in them, because a certain masked face is bound to materialize in the looking glass, he…

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'Hamilton' wins 7 prizes at Britain's Olivier Awards, and Time's Up wins more support by Associated Press

“Hamilton” took seven trophies including best new musical at British theater's Olivier Awards, where women's rights activists joined stage stars on the red carpet to support the Time's U…

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