| Dec 9, 2011
| 1:05 PM
Adultery, infanticide, overtones of incest and patricidal urges: Eugene O’Neill’s 1924 American classic, “Desire Under the Elms,” with its deliberate evocation of mythic Greek tragedy, caused an uproar when it was first produced....
| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:04 PM
For Golden West College, 2011 was an ambitious year with two prize-winning dramas, a classic comedy and the revival of a vintage musical.
When the smoke cleared, it was GWC's production of Tennessee Williams' masterwork, "A Streetcar Named Desire,"...
| Dec 21, 2011
Heidi Helen Davis, an actress, acting teacher and stage director who had a long association with the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her family announced. She was 60 and had...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 8:50 AM
There must be something in the air with “The Tempest.”
Julie Taymor made a film version of it not to long ago. Yale Summer Cabaret produced it last year. Darko Tresnjak will direct his version of it in May at Hartford Stage, where he is the...
| May 21, 2011
Time somehow moves more slowly in Key West.
It all starts with the final approach.
Heading south from the congested traffic and urban sprawl of Miami, the speed limit is a leisurely 45 mph on U.S. Highway 1 from Florida City, where mainland Florida...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 4:59 PM
After 17 years in one of the best apartments in the French Quarter, a couple packs up and moves on. The landlord raised the rent by more than $700 a month for an Upper Pontalba Apartment in Jackson Square.
It's moving day for the Masons. Pat and Lee...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 3:37 PM
The Laguna Community Concert Band scored another hit performance Monday at the Festival of Arts.
The concert was a musical triumph that few would have imagined when the idea of a community band was first conceived over a cup of coffee in 1998 at Zinc...
| Jul 31, 2011
Thoughts Without Cigarettes
Gotham Books: 367 pp., $27.50
Was there ever a time and place more alive and unpredictable than New York City in the middle decades of the 20th century?
Oscar Hijuelos was lucky enough to live there...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Our book club has only three members. We work at the same company, which allows for ongoing discussion of the book as we read. We've been together for almost four years and are on our 38th book.
Sometimes our book selection inspires field trips....
| Jan 17, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Chicago opera lovers impatient to learn what innovations Anthony Freud will put into place now that he is well and truly ensconced as general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, will have to cool their heels.
The first Lyric season to fall entirely under...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 5:25 PM
NEW YORK -- Veteran actor Ben Gazzara died Friday of pancreatic cancer, according to the New York Times.
The star of award winning films and plays such as "Anatomy of a Murder" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was 81 years old.
Among his other notable film...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 8:17 PM
Ben Gazzara, who died Friday in New York at the age of 81, was an actor with a gruff voice and intense demeanor. His acting legacy, which included the films of John Cassavetes and originating the role of Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, was a...