| Sep 16, 2008
GROPING for a comfortable moral in John Guare's classic black comedy "The House of Blue Leaves," which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum in a sensational revival directed by Nicholas Martin, is a little like asking an escaped felon for some friendly...
| Aug 15, 2008
Hoping to give audiences something to buzz about in the expanded lobby yielded by its $30-million renovation, the Mark Taper Forum will offer a 2009 season that includes revivals of the Broadway musicals "Pippin" and "Parade" and Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"...
| Nov 3, 2008
In what could be the region's most ambitious, broadest-based artistic endeavor since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles Opera will join forces with more than 50 Southern California arts and educational institutions to stage a 10-week festival...
| Mar 4, 2009
Kirk Douglas thought it was time to do something crazy. So about a year ago, he began writing.
"I said I am 92 years old. I am an actor. I can't talk much with an impediment in my speech," he says. "What do I do? I do a one-man show!"
The spryly chipper...
| Sep 12, 2008
It's a truism of the theater: Nuns are funny. Just ask Nicholas Martin, director of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves," the inaugural production of the newly remodeled Mark Taper Forum, reopening Saturday after a $30-million makeover. "It's true....
| 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...
| Jan 18, 2009
Tall and burly, fierce eyes shining, Troy Kotsur commands the center of the rehearsal room. Even in a T-shirt and jeans, he looks the part of the great King Charlemagne. Kotsur is about to attempt "War Is a Science," a patter song from the '70s Broadway...
| May 4, 2010
Lynn Redgrave, a member of the distinguished British acting family who became an overnight sensation playing the title character in the 1966 film "Georgy Girl" and later achieved acclaim on stage as both an actress and a writer, has died. She was 67....
| Sep 10, 2008
| 5:13 PM
Touring the newly renovated Mark Taper Forum a few weeks before its official unveiling was a bit like standing at the crossroads between the past and the future. It wasn't merely the sight of stage carpenters readying the set for "The House of Blue...
| Oct 8, 2009
| 4:32 AM
Plays about love and Big Pharma, magicians, a son???s death in Iraq and life at the post office are part of this fall's DouglasPlus series of new works, which the Center Theatre Group will announce today. Artistic director Michael Ritchie......
| Dec 15, 2009
| 9:32 PM
The Jersey Boys do it. Estelle Parsons does it regularly in "August: Osage County." Practically every actor who's been in a Noel Coward play has done it too. Smoking onstage by performers is a commonplace occurrence that most theater professionals......
| Dec 21, 2009
| 4:32 PM
The much anticipated revival of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" at the Mark Taper Forum has been officially taken off the schedule for the 2010 season. Center Theatre Group had originally announced that "Speed-the-Plow" was to open the Taper's 2010...