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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

COVID pushed Cirque du Soleil into bankruptcy protection. Now for a Vegas comeback by Lisa Fung

The company announces that it's emerging from the pandemic with a focus not on touring shows but on Las Vegas. SoCal visitors are key.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Crying in theater: How one play encapsulates our desire to shed tears with strangers by Lisa Fung

Anne Nemer and her best friend from college, Elizabeth Bates, had a pretty good idea of what they were walking into when they attended “Tiny Beautiful Things” at Pasadena Playhouse. The …

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Why Just Play Scrooge When You Can Play Everyone? by Lisa Fung

Jefferson Mays, a renowned Broadway shape-shifter, takes on more roles than he can count (including writer) in a new one-man “Christmas Carol”

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Friday, September 14, 2018

From 'Game of Thrones' to Geffen Playhouse: Why top TV director Matt Shakman has returned to theater by Lisa Fung

Matt Shakman had just returned from Ireland after a months-long stint as director of “Game of Thrones” and was launching into his next project, a pilot for USA Network, when the call cam…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

'Soft Power' has a cast that's almost entirely Asian. Here's why that's a radical idea for American theater by Lisa Fung

Outside a Manhattan rehearsal studio, Francis Jue is seated on the floor, alone, script in hand. The actor who’s playing the character DHH — David Henry Hwang — is going over new lines…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Can this man save the Pasadena Playhouse? by Lisa Fung

Danny Feldman is the new leader of the theater company, which celebrates its 100th birthday this summer with some serious questions about its future.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Angela Lansbury, Chris Pine, Rajiv Joseph: Favorite memories from 50 years of Center Theatre Group by Lisa Fung

Anna Deveare Smith, Moises Kaufman, David Henry Hwang and other luminaries recall the mishaps and the glory to unfold onstage as the L.A. theater company marks its golden anniversary.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fresh Off ‘Frozen,’ Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Prepare a New Musical by Lisa Fung

The married songwriting couple, recent Academy Award winners for their song from “Frozen,” have a new show at the La Jolla Playhouse.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Neil LaBute tries his hand at an art show by David Ng and Lisa Fung

The playwright-filmmaker known for his oft-disturbing and provocative works has applied his subversive wit to a new collaboration with photographer Gerald Slota.The playwright-filmmaker know…

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Book of Mormon': First a Tony, now Grammy nod, next a movie? by Lisa Fung

'The Book of Mormon' creators Trey Parker and Bobby Lopez are naturally thrilled with their Grammy nomination. 'The Book of Mormon' is up against "Anything Goes" and "How to Succeed in Busin…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Come up with a title for the Neil LaBute-Theresa Rebeck play by Lisa Fung

Come up with a title for the play, written live by Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck. Culture Monster will let playwrights Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck choose the one they like the best.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck: Live playwriting by Lisa Fung

Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck will write a play, live, on Tuesday. The plot for the play by Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck will be selected by Culture Monster readers.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Monster Mash: Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miz' film by Lisa Fung

Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in the film version of "Les Miserables." Hugh Jackman will play Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe will play Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck want to write a play for you, live by Lisa Fung

Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck will write a play in real-time on Culture Monster. Readers can choose what Neil LaBute and Theresa Rebeck will write about.

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Monster Mash: Kristen Chenoweth goes country; Taper season lineup by Lisa Fung

Kristen Chenoweth goes country in her new album. Known for her Broadway performances, Kristen Chenoweth tries something news.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stage to screen: 'Ides of March,' 'Carnage,' 'Killer Joe' and more by Lisa Fung

George Clooney's 'The Ides of March,' Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Roman Polanski's 'Carnage' and William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' are among the many new stage-to screen adaptions this sea…

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

'Spider-Man' star Reeve Carney in new video with Bono, the Edge by Lisa Fung

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark's' Reeve Carney teams with U2's Bono and The Edge for a new music video, 'Rise Above 1.'

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Monster Mash: Say goodbye to 'Surfing Madonna'; NEA honors 18; 'The Honeymooners' as a musical by Lisa Fung

Surfing Madonna art to be taken down; NEA awards lifetime achievement honors to 18; plans for a new musical version of the Jackie Gleason TV show "The Honeymooners"

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