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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What time are the Tony Awards? It’s (ridiculously) complicated by Craig Nakano

The 2019 Tony Awards can be seen live at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS — unless you live in the fourth dimension known as the West Coast. For theater fans here, CBS will continue its tradition of …

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 09:05AM
Monday, August 6, 2018

Charlotte Rae: Theater world knew the actress could be so much more than just Mrs. Garrett by Craig Nakano

Charlotte Rae, “The Facts of Life” star who died Sunday at 92, may be inexorably linked to the muffin-baking, wisdom-imparting housemother she played on TV, but the actress did find a pl…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 07:00AM
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Marianne Elliott, the British director who sent 'Angels in America' back into flight by Craig Nakano

You take the helm of a play with near-universal regard as a masterpiece, a Pulitzer winner that picked up seven Tony Awards its first time on Broadway. No pressure, right? Marianne Elliott, …

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 06:00AM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Amy Schumer scores a Tony Award nomination by Craig Nakano

She’s won an Emmy and has been up for a Grammy and a Golden Globe. Now Amy Schumer will vie for a bit of Broadway gold: a Tony Award. The actress earned a Tony nomination Tuesday for her B…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 09:40AM
Friday, September 1, 2017

The 99-seat beat: Carl Weathers, hidden figures and political warfare hit L.A.'s small theaters by Craig Nakano

The L.A. Times' theater team shortlists current offerings in this new weekly feature on the city's small houses.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 08:00AM
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Essential Arts & Culture: 'Hamilton' hits Hollywood, Moore goes Broadway, Prager heads for the conductor stand by Craig Nakano

Heard of this little show called “Hamilton”? Oh, that’s just a little arts editor humor now that the most anticipated musical to hit Hollywood has rolled into town. I’m Craig Nakano,…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 10:00AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The $10 'Hamilton' ticket lottery and how to score seats for L.A. and beyond by Craig Nakano

“Hamilton” is finally here, and here it will stay from Aug. 11 until Dec. 30. Great, you say, but can I still get tickets? Yes indeed. And here are six ways to do it (spoiler: it probabl…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 03:45PM
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Essential Arts & Culture: Hamlet as a teen? Plus a conductor's surprising exit, Shepard, Saarinen and more by Craig Nakano

A classical farewell without the class, modern architecture on the movie screen, the loss and legacy of a theater legend. These scenes from the arts world kick off our weekly culture roundup…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 01:00AM
Friday, April 28, 2017

Little Red Ridinghood of Korean-Finnish descent? Actress sees 'Woods' part as a 'huge victory' by Craig Nakano

Lisa Helmi Johanson talks about juggling personas and hair pieces with aplomb in Fiasco Theater's production of "Into the Woods."

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 11:00AM
Friday, March 31, 2017

When Ben Feldman and Mamie Gummer take the stage this weekend, think of the NEA by Craig Nakano

Ask what it takes to create new theater at South Coast Repertory, and you will get an interesting answer. It takes seven playwrights, six directors and five dramaturgs. Forty-four actors. Se…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 08:35PM
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tony winner 'The Humans' and world premiere of David Henry Hwang musical to lead Ahmanson's 2017-18 season by Craig Nakano

“The Humans,” the Stephen Karam one-act that won four Tony Awards last year including best play, and “Soft Power,” a world premiere David Henry Hwang that work takes the form of a Ch…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 08:00AM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Why Mary Tyler Moore received her special Tony Award in 1980 by Craig Nakano

Of all the accolades bestowed upon Mary Tyler Moore before her death Wednesday - six-time Emmy winner, comic genius, Oscar-nominated dramatic actress, feminist inspiration - there was one h…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 04:10PM
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and the sad footnote to their shared Broadway debut by Craig Nakano

The 1973 revival of the musical comedy “Irene” barely registers as a blip in the history of Broadway theater, but the death Wednesday of star Debbie Reynolds means the production does ga…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 08:00AM
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Getty Research Institute gets photos of performance art 'Happenings' by Craig Nakano

How do you archive a performance? Can you put human speech and action under glass and frame it? Stow art that unfolds in three dimensions within acid-free archival boxes, to be filed away in…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 04:00PM
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Keeping Handspring Puppet Company's creations in good repair by Craig Nakano

Backstage: Handspring Puppet Company's puppets take a beating in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Broad Stage. Here's a closer look.Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warn…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 03:00PM

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