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  • Entertainment

    ‘Guys and Dolls’ is a musical winner in Whittier

    Once upon a time, Damon Runyan was a household word. His stories, with their very specific form of dialogue and wry humor, celebrated the gamblers and chiselers of early 20th-century Broadway in a way nobody else has ever matched. Today, most who know of him at all do so thanks to the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls,” based on two of Runyan’s stories by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and set to music by Frank Loesser. Now at Whittier Community Theatre, as the...

    By Frances Baum Nicholson|

  • Plays

    The Getty’s ‘Iphigenia in Aulis’ remains a tale for all time

    Ancient Greek dramatist Euripides’ play “Iphigenia in Aulis” could seem remote. What have we in common with a father who sacrifices his daughter to the gods in exchange for better weather that will help him wage war? Or is it so far-fetched? How many parents have sacrificed their children to their ideals, for their egos, because of dangerously irrational adherence to misunderstood rules? As Euripides penned the legend, the Greek fleet, under its...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    Theater review: ‘Timing’ is everything it should be in Long Beach

    Since taking its first bows in 1993, David Ives’ “All in the Timing” has enjoyed a robust life on smaller stages everywhere, thanks to the brevity, minimal technical demands and skilled, witty writing of its six one-act plays. Widely regarded as the contemporary master of the short form, Ives wrote most of the plays between 1987 and 1993 before combining them, in anthology fashion, under one title. In Long Beach Playhouse’s new staging, director...

    By Eric Marchese|

  • Theater

    Compelling ‘Tale of Two Cities’ does justice to Dickens’ novel

    Any time someone translates a novel to the stage, there is risk involved. The depth of interior monologue, the detail of setting and character, the convolutions of plot and emotion, even the poetry of language used to provide all of this, are all limited by the confines of the stage and the time frame expected of a standard play. Never is this more true than when dramatizing the works of Charles Dickens. A man who loved theater, his works are in many ways quite theatrical, but they are...

    By Frances Baum Nicholson|

  • Obituaries

    NBC’s Carson Daly announces death of mom Pattie Daly Caruso

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carson Daly’s mother has died. The “Today” show correspondent and “The Voice” host announced the death of Pattie Daly Caruso in a statement read by his “Today” colleague Matt Lauer on the NBC program Monday. The statement said Caruso died Sunday. No cause of death was given, but the Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs, California, reports a family spokesman said Caruso died of a heart attack. Caruso...

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  • Emmy Awards

    Emmys 2017: ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ wins big

    Sunday night’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards reflected the diversity of the television landscape as well as the current political climate. Hosted by Stephen Colbert from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the TV awards show also highlighted the work of women in the medium. It was a big night for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which took home five awards (after winning three at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys). Elisabeth Moss won her...

    Rob Lowman
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  • Emmy Awards

    Photos, news and more from the 2017 Emmy Awards

    Complete coverage from the 2017 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

    From staff reports|

  • News

    Rose Bowl offers naming rights, here’s what the field will be called

    PASADENA >> For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name. But it won’t be of a corporate sponsor. The field will be named for Silicon Valley real estate investor and

    Christopher Yee
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  • Box office receipts

    ‘It’ stomps ‘mother!’ with $60M in its second week

    NEW YORK >> The Stephen King adaptation “It” continues to scare up record ticket sales, taking in an estimated $60 million in its second week and leaving a paltry $7.5 million for Darren Aronofsky’s audacious genre-bending psychological thriller “mother!” New Line and Warner Bros.’ “It” remained easily the top draw in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. It slid 51 percent from last week’s...

    By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer|

  • Concerts

    How to see Prophets of Rage perform at a Long Beach record store

    Politically charged supergroup Prophets of Rage will make an appearance at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records, 420 E. Fourth St., for an in-store performance on Friday, Sept. 22. The

    Richard Guzman
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