Friday, June 23, 2017

Essential Arts & Culture: Frida as opera, Julius Caesar continued, Taylor Mac's day-long songfest by Carolina A. Miranda

Frida Kahlo in opera. Beyond the “Julius Caesar” controversy. And 24 hours of song. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, lover of hot coffee and burritos, wi…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shakespeare and the politics of our age: Trump, 'Julius Caesar' and now 'Richard II' by Charles McNulty

Shakespeare clearly lies outside the right-wing attack machine’s area of expertise. While Breitbart News and friends were busy waging a full-scale war against the New York Public Theater…

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An assassination 2,061 years in the making: Trump, 'Julius Caesar' and the politics of theater by Jessica Gelt

For 11 nights in late May and early June, Julius Caesar was brutally stabbed to death without much fuss as part of the Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare production in Central Park. On Ju…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

And the winner is ... a tie? Why this year's Tony Awards are so impossible to predict by Charles McNulty

You know it’s an interesting year for the Tony Awards when a critic is still arguing with himself in June over what should win best musical and best play. I’m divided between “Dear Eva…

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Essential Arts & Culture: L.A. Phil wraps up the season, Tony Awards coming up, reconsidering Frank Lloyd Wright by Carolina A. Miranda

Los Angeles Philharmonic winds down the season. The Tony Awards offer plenty of drama. And Frank Lloyd Wright turns 150. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer with the Los Angeles Times, w…

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The Tony Awards this year will focus on range, not brand recognition by Steven Zeitchik

The nearly 9 million people who tuned in to watch the Tony Awards last year saw the coronation of a pop-culture king: “Hamilton” won 11 prizes and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda gave an impa…

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Jerry Zaks on directing Bette Midler in 'Hello, Dolly!' and his sweet return to the Tony Awards by Barbara Isenberg

For the veteran director, the nomination for directing the Bette Midler juggernaut is his first Tony nod in 20 years -- a sweet moment for a four-time winner.

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Tony Awards: Big winners, surprise losers and what it all means for the theater by Steven Zeitchik

In February, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul fell just short of Hollywood’s highest honor when “La La Land,” the Southland-set musical they penned the lyrics for, failed to win best picture…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The secret to Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf's success? Brilliance and a whole lot of hard work by Charles McNulty

The secret to Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf's success? Brilliance and a whole lot of hard work

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Why Hillary Clinton's Next Big Stage Should Be the Tony Awards by Charles McNulty

Draft Hillary Clinton to make a pro-NEA statement at the Tony Awards

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Friday, March 24, 2017

'The Siegel,' about love and when to let go, makes its world premiere at South Coast Repertory by Kathleen Luppi

Playwright Michael Mitnick is on a conference call with actress Mamie Gummer, and they're talking about his play "The Siegel," a twist on modern love and marriage that's making its world pre…

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Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016

At the Hollywood Bowl, breathing life into the most famous symphony ever written by Rick Schultz

In his book “Conducting Business,” Leonard Slatkin, former principal conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, recalls a time when bowl audiences cheered after th…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Gustavo Dudamel, Cecilia Bartoli and a grim, bizarre 'West Side Story' in Salzburg by Mark Swed, Music Critic

So is “West Side Story” an opera, or what? For a semi-staged performance last month at the Hollywood Bowl, Gustavo Dudamel found an ideal balance between the Broadway roots and operatic …

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Shakespeare's 'Love's Labor's Lost': Kathleen Marshall directs a winner at the Old Globe by Charles McNulty

SAN DIEGO — The Old Globe’s staging of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” proves that it is possible to fall in love with a production at first sight. John Lee Beatty’s scenic design transf…

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Essential Arts & Culture: Deciphering Civil War telegrams, summer of Shakespeare, a conductor's fiery performance by Carolina A. Miranda

From Civil War telegrams to a historic Los Angeles house to the shaky place of art in Brazil, there has been terrific culture writing going on. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for t…

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Broad Foundation names insider as its new president by Deborah Vankin

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced Friday that it has named Gerun Riley as its new president. Riley has spent 13 years with the Broad Foundation, which provides grants in educatio…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Who is Deb, anyway? In 'D Deb Debbie Deborah,' more questions than answers by Margaret Gray

From the title of Jerry Lieblich’s play “D Deb Debbie Deborah,” I was ready for an exploration of the fluidity of identity, perhaps at different stages of a woman’s life. But in thi…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Shakespeare: A critic's take on the secret to theatrical success by Charles McNulty

Summer Shakespeare. These words can strike fear in the heart of a reluctant theatergoer. Yes, the plays are supposed to be good for you. But semiprofessional productions in which the artisti…

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hip-hop dance crews from Japan and New Zealand repeat as world champions by Jevon Phillips

Hip Hop International’s (HHI) week-long dance competition that crowns U.S. and world champions in multiple categories concluded Saturday night with two defending champion crews winning gol…

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Choreographer Parris Goebel debuts her 'Friday' single to a familiar crowd at Hip Hop International by Jevon Phillips

Parris Goebel, dancer-choreographer-director, transitioned to the next phase in her career Friday night in Las Vegas, adding recording artist to the multi-hyphenate’s list of credits. Th…

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Essential Arts & Culture: The theatricality of the Olympics, Wall Street on stage, a Luis Buñuel opera by Carolina A. Miranda

Olympics pomp and design. A play about greed and our financial system. And an opera inspired by Luis Buñuel. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, and here are t…

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Friday, August 12, 2016

The Wooster Group to bring 'Town Bloody Hall' adaptation to L.A., with Maura Tierney by David Ng

Having married its far-out avant-garde aesthetic to numerous classic dramas over the decades, the Wooster Group will attempt to adapt a documentary film for the stage when it debuts its new…

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Love Shakespeare and great scenery? Utah Shakespeare fest is just the ticket by Christopher Smith

North America’s major summer theater festivals invariably conjure up cozy descriptives: “timeless” (all five have been around for decades), “bucolic” (a small town environment amid…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seduced by Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk,' the new play that picks apart the Wall Street playbook by Charles McNulty

LA JOLLA — Forget about all the TV pundits and op-ed columnists droning on about America’s problems. Playwright Ayad Akhtar is the diagnostician the nation needs to interpret its falteri…

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Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' plunges into the absurd at the Old Globe by Charles McNulty

SAN DIEGO — Steve Martin, the beloved comic whose career has branched out in unforeseen directions (bluegrass composer, art collector and curator, playwright) is often described as a moder…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

How a new dance gets made: Behind the scenes at American Contemporary Ballet by Jeffrey Fleishman

Emily Parker stood still on pointe. Arms spread like wings, she fixed her gaze somewhere in the distance. Dancers spun around her like ribbons in a breeze. A bend, a twist, a slide of foot,…

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Tennessee Williams: What three lesser known works say about the playwright's legacy by Charles McNulty

No point in mincing words: Tennessee Williams is the greatest playwright America has ever produced. Yet more and more his reputation seems preserved in amber rather than renewed through reve…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Barbra Streisand, still gunning for 'Gypsy,' samples some Stephen Sondheim at Staples Center by Charles McNulty

Barbra Streisand didn’t give us a foretaste of her Rose in “Gypsy,” the classic musical about a formidable stage mother and her showbiz-bound daughters that she has been trying like Si…

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

For the love of monsters: An insider tour of Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House before his LACMA show by Meredith Woerner

Guillermo del Toro is anxious. It’s not the blue-faced vampire head baring a mouthful of mangled teeth that’s making the filmmaker nervous. And he’s hardly intimidated by the Franken…

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Still a singular sensation: 'A Chorus Line' at the Hollywood Bowl by Charles McNulty

“A Chorus Line” is an ideal musical for the Hollywood Bowl, and this weekend’s presentation faithfully staged by Baayork Lee didn’t disappoint. The show’s presentational style wor…

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