| Mar 16, 2012
| 11:45 AM
Yesterday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age reminded me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 3:34 PM
A baseball field faces GTC Burbank, a small theater situated in the middle of George Izay Park. Off to one side is a children's playground. Inside the modest 98-seat venue, the curtain is going up on a decidedly different reality: the 1930s world of...
| Mar 20, 2012
When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were not reigning supreme on the Broadway stages of the 1930s and 1940s, they were reposing at Ten Chimneys, their summer house in Genesee Depot, Wisc. The Midwestern location — as distinct from the usual celebrity...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 9:55 PM
A successful staging ofNoel Coward's"Private Lives" means pulling off a tricky balancing act with precision — several balancing acts, in fact.
Perhaps director Timothy Williams is also a tightrope walker, because in Mad Cow Theatre's production...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Noel Coward was the great renaissance man of British culture, so it's not surprising to see him listed in the opening credits of the 1942 “In Which We Serve” as producer, star, composer and director. But, not really comfortable with cinema, he...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 8:36 PM
Local stage productions on both the community theater and collegiate levels proved impressive during 2011, with an imaginative musical and a pair of modern classic dramas leading the way.
At the Costa Mesa Playhouse, the 1950s flavored musical "Forever...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 3:26 PM
After a three-year dispute with Laguna Beach artist Wyland over the use of his humpback whale design on a state license plate, the California Coastal Commission selected another Laguna artist, Bill Atkins, and a Northern California painter, to design a...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Casey Nicholaw, the Tony Award-winning director (and choreographer) of the Broadway smash "Book of Mormon" is bowing out of a speaking gig at Goodspeed Musicals' seventh annual Goodspeed Festival of New Artists.
Nicholaw was the high profile speaker in a...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:37 PM
School is winding down and the days are stretching out, which is the perfect time for fun at the old ballpark, beach, street fair, and all the other seasonal frolics that Chicagoans dream about during the dreary winter months. But don't forget that...
| May 24, 2012
| 3:48 PM
The Park Avenue Players, Laguna Beach High School's dramatic acting group, will stage Neil Simon's "Rumors" to close out the theatrical year.
The production will open Friday night and run through June 3, the Players announced in a news release.
| Jun 17, 2012
If your boyfriend's birthday is coming up and you're low on cash, you can always write him a starring role in a play.
That's what Vanessa Claire Smith did for French Stewart in 2010, surprising him with a script about his idol, Buster Keaton.
| Jun 21, 2012
| 10:26 AM
London is hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics from July 27 to Aug. 12. While the Games are sure to be a spectacular event, there are plenty of other options for those travelers who couldn't get tickets, blew that 100-yard dash or just happen to be in...