| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:32 PM
No sooner does September check in than local stage productions flood in.
The honor of kicking off the 2011-12 season goes to the Costa Mesa Playhouse. This weekend it revives Noel Coward's ghostly comedy "Blithe Spirit." That's the antique chuckler about...
| Dec 4, 2011
| 1:10 PM
Here's one more theater story from Jerry Adler, the longtime stage manager, director and producer, who late in life is now an actor and appearing in the premiere of "I'm Connecticut" at UConn in Storrs.
And it's not one for the kiddies.
| Dec 9, 2011
| 9:00 AM
Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award-winning co-director of the Broadway smash, "Book of Mormon" will lead a panel discussion on the musical as part of Goodspeed Musicals' seventh annual Goodspeed Festival of New Artists next month.
Nicholaw, who also...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 12:54 PM
When Ernst Lubitsch's comedy about a Bohemian menage a trois was released in 1933, it took a lot of heat for its lack of fidelity to Noel Coward's original stage play. Screenwriter Ben Hecht boasted that he had retained only one line of dialogue from...
| 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...
| Sep 11, 2011
Stephen Girasuolo wants you to know that "Orange Alert"is not a play about 9/11.
But it has haunting echoes of that tragic date as it follows six troubled people who work around Ground Zero, living their present-day lives in a state of suspended...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 7:46 PM
The new season doesn't start for another month, but the Costa Mesa Playhouse is getting a head start this weekend.
Friday night through Sunday only, the playhouse will stage its annual musical fundraiser, this one entitled "That Was Then ... This is Now!...
| Aug 14, 2011
"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun." To that, lyricist Noel Coward could have added bargain-seeking golfers. If you thought Las Vegas hotel prices dropped when the mercury climbs skyward, wait until you see the green fees at nearby courses....
| Feb 29, 2012
| 8:57 AM
Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, currently playing on Broadway iin "The Best Man", will head the cast of the inventive comedy/thriller, "Stage Struck" by Simon Gray, a Script in Hand playreading at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m....
| Mar 7, 2008
A bright, frothy slice of comic delight in the old-school style, "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" proves that they can make them like they used to, if only they try. A carefully calibrated whirligig spinning off sparks of hilarity, the film is an...