| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"Peter and the Starcatcher" alights at the Ahmanson, Bette Midler portrays super-agent Sue Mengers, and Brian Dennehy is "The Steward of Christendom." Plus, a stocking stuffed full of seasonally -themed shows.
Celebrating the Holidays with The Lion King...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:29 AM
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who." By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:25 AM
When an actor as extraordinarily gifted as Philip Seymour Hoffman dies as suddenly, as tragically as he did, the mind goes into a kind of shock.
How could a person who could effortlessly be so many people suddenly not be here at all? It doesn't seem...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Theatre at the Center, the Equity company, in Munster, Ind., said Thursday it will stage the world premiere of a new musical based on the TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Part of the 2014 season, "The Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical" (adapted from...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Ordinarily, there are two reasons to see a one-person play about a historical figure. Audience members of "The Belle of Amherst" or "Tru" get to spend an evening with Emily Dickinson or Truman Capote, basking in their presence, while watching a master...
| Dec 21, 2013
Consider this a purge.
A necessary year-end draining of the snippets, moments and bolts of cultural lightning that burned hot in my skull, sometimes left a mark, sometimes faded quickly, but always jolted me awake in 2013 and became, if only for one...
| Dec 11, 2013
Re "A double killing, a vengeful plan, a wave of fear," Dec. 8, and "A deadly threat ripples through the LAPD," Dec. 10
I was intrigued by the literary treatment of the first two installments of The Times' five-part series on the search this year for...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 11:59 AM
When Truman Capote chronicled his troubled childhood in rural Alabama in "A Christmas Memory," he didn't change any names to protect the innocent — except his own.
Capote dubbed himself "Buddy," a successful writer visiting his roots two decades...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"ALL terrorism is theater!" said departing -- to my sorrow -- New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
I wrote down this quote in the back of my daily calendar book so long ago that I had forgotten it. Then, last week I heard all sorts of people...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 12:52 PM
To get in the Christmas spirit, you might want to read a good piece of literature, something beyond “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In the spirit of giving, we've found three stories from three great writers of the 20th century that...