Why Isn't To Kill a Mockingbird Up for Best Play at the Tonys?By any actuarial accounting, April 30 was an exceptionally good one for Scott Rudin. The prolific Hollywood and Broadway producer had skin in seven of the 34 shows that were eligible for Tony Awards, and when the nominations for the 2018-2019 season were…
How the Kilroys Are Beating Theater's Boys ClubFrom the humblest of gatherings—in this case, a house party—great things can bloom. Back in 2013 playwright Annah Feinberg, newly arrived to L.A. and eager to make friends, invited several other playwrights, including sometime TV writers Daria Polatin (Jack Ryan) and Sheila Callaghan (Shameless), to her place to…
A Play About LeBron James Is Coming to L.A.If Space Jam 2‘s summer 2021 release date has left you jonesing for LeBron James content, Center Theatre Group has good news. The L.A. Times reported today that King James, a play about James’s tenure as a Cleveland Cavalier and the impact he had on that city,…
This Unconventional Opera Gives Audiences a Front-Row Seat to a Musician's MeltdownWhen composer David Lang picked up The Loser, Thomas Bernhard’s 1983 novel told in one long paragraph by an unnamed doomy pianist, Lang was so taken by its bitter, manipulative narrator that he felt the need to read the whole thing out loud. When…
December 24 to 28, 2018This week might be one of our favorites to spend here in L.A. Streets are quiet, people are jolly–and some of us even get a few days off. There are plenty of holiday events afoot, and it’s a good time to get outside for a hike. And, of course, we have…
Could A New Series Fill the Void of the Canceled Night on Broadway?Earlier this year, Night on Broadway brought 250,000 Angelenos out for an evening of free entertainment in and around the Broadway theater district of downtown L.A. But, amid a City Hall scandal, the 2019 event was called off just weeks before it was…
I Love/Hated Love Actually Live, ActuallyLast Saturday afternoon I indulged in a guilty pleasure. Until now, I’ve only admitted this secret liaison to one person. But hey, it’s Christmas! And at Christmas—at least according to Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis—you tell the truth.So here’s my truth (you’ll have to imagine it spelled out in black…
Could A New Series Fill the Void of the Canceled Night on Broadway?Earlier this year, Night on Broadway brought 250,000 Angelenos out for a night of free entertainment in and around the Broadway theater district of downtown L.A. But, amid a City Hall scandal, the 2019 event was called off just weeks before it was…
Comedian Phil Burgers Traveled the World Only to Find Home at a Silver Lake TheaterIn a new short film called The Passage, Phil Burgers plays a guy who can’t stay in one place for long—not because of wanderlust or an aversion to commitment or whatever, but because he’s literally being pursued. Two vaguely menacing men…
Sarah Jones Wrote a Play About Sex Work That Won't Make You Want to DieIn her one-woman show Sell/Buy/Date Sarah Jones moves seamlessly through a series of characters, from a Jewish grandmother to a pimp to a Caribbean woman doing all that she can to survive. Each character is so distinct in every sense, but they’re…
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