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  • L.A. theater openings, June 1-8: Shakespeare, 'Stoneface' and more

    L.A. theater openings, June 1-8: Shakespeare, 'Stoneface' and more
    Theatricum Botanicum’s all-Shakespeare season gets going with two of the Bard’s best, a musical take on an Old Testament tale is on stage at the Pantages, and a former sitcom star portrays a silent-film legend at the Pasadena Playhouse.
  • Long Beach Opera stretches Stravinsky with two makeovers

     Long Beach Opera stretches Stravinsky with two makeovers
    A complete art form, opera can select from a list of ingredients that includes music, text, theater, visual art, dance, film and, lately, virtual reality and even brain waves. Smell, taste and touch have been experimented with in extreme cases. Recipes...

    Richard Montoya's 'Water & Power' falters from stage to film

     Richard Montoya's 'Water & Power' falters from stage to film
    No matter how much writer-director Richard Montoya tries to open up the screen adaptation of his stage play "Water & Power," which premiered at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum in 2006, it's hard to forget that you're watching a piece with theatrical roots....

    Best of 2013: Charles McNulty picks 'American Buffalo,' 'Prometheus Bound'

    Best of 2013: Charles McNulty picks 'American Buffalo,' 'Prometheus Bound'
    In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: Southern California: David Mamet's "American Buffalo" was revived at the Geffen with its concussive verbal force and...

    A vintage year onstage as classics blended with provocative premieres

     A vintage year onstage as classics blended with provocative premieres
    Much that was old was new again in 2013, which turned out to be a very good year for the classics. It wasn't a bad year for new work either, even if too many of today's most provocative playwrights are getting short shrift from this town's nonprofit...