| Feb 11, 2007
HUGH GRANT is sent many scripts for romantic comedies. "There's one sitting on my computer right now," the movie star says from his home in England. "It starts in hell. I won't go any further."
Indeed, what's offered to Grant, the swankily good-looking,...
| Sep 2, 2008
"Once on This Island," a tale of love and redemption in the Caribbean, marks a new beginning for L.A.'s leading presenter of old musicals.
"Island," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, is the first show of Reprise Theatre Company's first...
| May 3, 2009
There are precious few guarantees in the theater anymore. Boffo playwrights went out with the Neil Simon dinosaurs. A new show by Stephen Sondheim, hands down the greatest living musical theater composer, can't even count on a Broadway booking. The only...
| May 26, 2008
There's nothing like a British farce to make you feel stubbornly, even condescendingly American.
Oh, the English, with their love of bawdy adolescent silliness -- clearly the Freudian flip-side of a stiff-upper-lip severity. As for the French door-...
| Jul 18, 2008
Since first produced more than 40 years ago, "Sweet Charity" has undergone an unfortunate metamorphosis from the sweetly sentimental to the downright treacly. Granted, Cy Coleman's music and Dorothy Fields' lyrics combine in some memorable standards ("...
| May 5, 2009
Actor, comedian and chef Dom DeLuise has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.
DeLuise died in Santa Monica Monday night surrounded by family, according to his son Michael DeLuise who spoke to radio station KNX.
He passed away peacefully in...
| Apr 25, 2010
When producers first approached Kristin Chenoweth about playing the female lead in the musical "Promises, Promises," she was hesitant and more than a little worried about taking on the role.
One of Broadway's brightest stars, she's best known for her...
| Feb 4, 2010
Iconoclastic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, hot off earning Oscar nominations Tuesday for best director and original screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds," will discuss his career with Variety critic Todd McCarthy on Monday at the American Cinematheque's...
| Apr 26, 2009
Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died Saturday. She was 86.
FOR THE RECORD: The obituary of...
| Feb 20, 2009
For as long as he can remember, Dario Serrano's life was all screeching tires and echoing gunshots, babies' cries and barking dogs, a symphony, as he puts it, of "hood rats and gangsters," of "vatos vatos and payasos" -- dudes and numskulls, loosely...
| Apr 26, 2009
Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running " The Golden Girls," died today. She was 86.
Arthur, a stage-trained actress who was a success on...
| May 25, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Mark Twain once said, "It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them." He need not worry about the worthiness of the recipients of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the first winner, Richard Pryor,...