| Dec 7, 2012
As right as Dickens. That's what President Barack Obama suggested about his tax plan when he recently used "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens to frame his case for rate increases.
A "Scrooge Christmas" is what the country will get if lawmakers won't...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:16 AM
Audiences may notice a few new things in this year's production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at South Coast Repertory, but director John-David Keller promises there are no drastic changes.
"We can tweak it. We can't change it," said Keller,...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:37 AM
"Little Women": Ann Noble made her mark as a playwright with 1995's Irish family melodrama "And Neither Have I Wings to Fly." So it's fitting that she turns her hand to a beloved — if also decidedly melodramatic — American family novel in this...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 2:12 PM
After watching South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" usher in the holiday season for the past 32 years, it was singularly gratifying to see my (almost) 6-year-old granddaughter enraptured by her first visit to the local tradition.
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:19 PM
‘Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt” by Jurji Zaydan opens “On a moonlit night long ago, two women of exceeding grace and beauty, though far apart in age, sat gazing at the silver waters of the Nile.” The year is 1250, the Ayyubid...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 12:25 PM
Pantochino Productions' holiday show is described as a mash-up of TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" show and Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol.
GLITZ! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical
through Dec. 22, $16, Milford's Center...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 10:06 AM
"Plaid Tidings": A seasonal sequel to Stuart Ross' "Forever Plaid," this tuneful tidbit finds the afterlife quartet of crooners coming back (at the behest of Rosemary Clooney, no less) to stage a holiday show for those still stuck on this mortal coil. Pop...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 11:51 AM
Deeply humbled by the impact of his craft on people of all ages, Star Shields has contributed to the Sawdust Art Festival for 29 years.
The Laguna Beach-based face and body artist counts Led Zeppelin, Paul and Linda McCartney, Deep Purple and Bob Dylan...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 9:12 PM
The rest of the country might be gearing up for Thanksgiving, but at South Coast Plaza, Christmas officially began Thursday evening.
The shopping destination hosted its 31st annual tree lighting ceremony at Town Plaza Center with traditional carolers,...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Our book club is a Facebook book club. We chat on our Facebook page throughout the year and meet three times a year for the grand finale at one of our homes.
We started with 45 people who resolved to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and finish it...
| Dec 19, 2012
Friends (we're all friends this time of year, yes?), I ask: What type of one-man Charles Dickens show might you be in the mood for this weekend before Christmas? A traditional Dickens (albeit one delivering one of his lesser-known stories)? Or perhaps a...