| 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...
| 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"...
| Sep 10, 2008
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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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 25, 2009
A few weeks ago, on a fog-enshrouded night in Malibu, Richard Montoya stepped onstage in full mariachi regalia to welcome his audience to what he slyly called the "Getty Pancho Villa."
The occasion was a performance of "Peace," Aristophanes'...
| 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...
| Jun 14, 2009
As of Friday, analog television broadcasts are as dead as the 1960s program "My Mother the Car." We've gone digital, which is yet another sign that you can't fight progress, despite what movie mogul Darryl Zanuck said about TV in 1946: "People will soon...