Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 3:59 pm
Playwright Donald Margulies is a writer with issues to explore. In his play, "Sight Unseen,” presented by Wasatch Theatrical Ventures, he delves into questions of what constitutes art as well as the slippery slope of love, commitment, bigotry, and the loss of creative purity.
Posted Mar. 20, 2015, 12:08 pm
When “Newsies” opens at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood this Tuesday, March 24, there’s one performer with local roots who’s extra excited for the four-week Los Angeles engagement, as it’s a chance to sing and dance in front of plenty of friends and family.
Posted Mar. 18, 2015, 9:30 am
The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present "Elephant's Graveyard" starting this Friday, March. 20 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Performances will continue through March 29.
Posted Mar. 10, 2015, 9:16 am
It’s almost sacrilegious to even think about criticizing Arthur Miller – one of America’s most preeminent, most lauded playwrights. His Death of a Salesman, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, stands as one of the greatest plays ever written as it dissected the slow demise of a once very successful salesman.
Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:47 am
“Kitchen sink realism,” a style of theatre, as well as other art forms, popularized in Britain in the late 1950s and 1960s, illuminated the domestic challenges of every-day living of the working class. David French’s “Leaving Home” clearly falls into that genre as it explores the dynamics of a particular dysfunctional family.
Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 9:46 am
What can you say about Australian-born Dr. Barry Humphries’ “Anima,” Dame Edna, that hasn’t been said over the past 60 years? Well, as luck would have it, this was my first experience with the Grand Dame of nuanced “nastiness,” so I can talk about her performance with virgin eyes.
Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:06 am
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division is currently presenting the 6th Annual “Fireside at the Miles” performance series at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse at 1130 Lincoln Blvd.
Posted Jan. 27, 2015, 9:35 am
Hershey Felder’s theatrical franchise of musical story telling with photos has made him famous for inhabiting such renowned composers, from Beethoven to Bach, to his latest biographical incarnation of Irving Berlin at the Geffen Playhouse.
Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:45 am
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Into the Woods,” which just closed after a successful run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, was an exciting theatrical gift.
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 10:27 am
The popular musical "Wicked" returned to Los Angeles on Dec. 10 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 14-week engagement.
Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 1:59 pm
When touring Broadway shows arrive at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, most typically stay for just three weeks. Fans of “Wicked” are in for a treat following its return on Wednesday – it will remain for a 14-week engagement through Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:30 am
Hershey Felder is back on stage at the Geffen Playhouse with the latest in his series of one-man shows in which he re-creates the lives and times of famous composers through a biographical narrative, interlaced with the composers’ music.
Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:12 am
Although “All About Eve” is not in the same genre as Joe Orton’s scathing satire “What The Butler Saw,” there was one line spoken by Margo Channing, played by the iconic Bette Davis, that could very easily sum up the high-voltage shenanigans that take place in the current revival at the Mark Taper Forum: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:41 am
Synapse Dance Theater – the innovative and widely praised contemporary dance ensemble of Santa Monica College – will present a program showcasing new works by professional guest artists, award-winning faculty artists, and up-and-coming student choreographers this Friday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 23.
Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 12:08 pm
The magic of touring Broadway shows continues at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood with the arrival of “Kinky Boots” through Nov. 30 after it opened on Tuesday as part of its first national tour.
Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:33 am
The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Richard II + I, A Lamentable Tragedie Comedie,” Nov. 7-16 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:10 am
Tanna Frederick, a Santa Monica actress, will be starring in Henry Jaglom’s new play “Train to Zakopané” which tackles the issues of love and anti-Semitism in interwar Poland, on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts on Main Street in Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 24, 2014, 7:50 am
A one-woman show called “Holy Pal - Decades of Joy, Revelation and Spiritual Creativity as a Teacher” will be held this Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 1 pm.
Posted Oct. 16, 2014, 8:36 am
Any time a production comes to down that originated at New York’s Alliance Theatre or the Manhattan Theatre Club, you almost automatically know that it’s a play that deserves your attention.
Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 9:48 am
Cicely Tyson as Mrs. Carrie Watts brilliantly shines in Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” a revival production currently on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre. Directed with surgical precision by Michael Wilson, Foote’s iconic script was enough to entice Miss Tyson back to the Broadway stage after a 30-year break, which was rewarded with a Best Actress Tony Award.
Posted Sep. 25, 2014, 8:17 am
Santa Monica College will next month present “Locals Only!” – a world premiere musical written by the Emmy Award-winning creator of the smash hit “High School Musical” – Oct. 3 through 19 in the SMC Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd.
Posted Sep. 4, 2014, 8:41 am
There are traditional Passover Seders and then there are Passover Seders of a different kind. One of the recent depictions of this 2000-year-old tradition, was the one presented in the West Coast Jewish Theatre’s production of “The Whipping Man,” in which the Seder was conducted by Simon, a newly freed slave whose owners were Jewish and whose religion and its practices he embraced as his own.
Posted Aug. 19, 2014, 9:13 am
Once in a while, someone decides to revive an old chestnut. Sometimes it’s a waste of time and sometimes it’s fun to welcome an old theatrical friend.
Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:08 am
Neil LaBute is a playwright who doesn’t shy away from theatrical blood letting. His play “In A Dark Dark House,” which is a guest production on stage at The Matrix, is yet another of LaBute’s fascinating, albeit painful, journeys into childhood trauma, memories of which are trapped in the subconscious or too painful to consciously revisit.