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‘Crimes of the Heart’ in Long Beach shows playwright Beth Henley at her best

By Eric Marchese|

‘Conduct of Life,’ at LA’s Rosenthal Theater, shrewdly examines human cruelty

In days gone by, people made names for themselves by doing something useful for society. María Irene Fornés wrote plays that broke old rules, broke barriers and taught something, whether to other playwrights or to audiences. Though she...

By Dany Margolies|

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  • Plays

    Where to find Sherlock Holmes on the move in the Arboretum

    Unbound Productions, best known for its annual fall production, “Wicked Lit” in Altadena, has been reaching out in new directions. It’s held readings for two years to hone its latest offering, “Mystery Lit: Holmes, Sherlock and the Consulting Detective,” a full-length play, which will be presented at the Santa Anita Train Depot in...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Entertainment

    ‘Sweetheart Deal’ sprouts into a sweet play about harsh California history

    In 1970, when Americans had causes to fight for, we literally took a stand, physically joining forces, moving into action for what we believed in. We didn’t merely tweet. Even the popular music that year was the soundtrack for social activism, including the evocative rhythms and potent lyrics of “Ball of Confusion,” “Ohio” and “War.” Music of that era forms the soundtrack for the story of Mari and Will, the couple at the heart of...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Plays

    What you need to know about Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the Japanese-American internment order

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, when U.S. citizens were forced to abandon their homes and businesses and move into camps, such as the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia. Gordon Hirabayashi defied the order. The college student was imprisoned 90 days for curfew violation. Later he took a principled stand against racial discrimination and spent a year in prison for refusing induction into...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Theater

    ‘Lucky Stiff’ is a charming farce that’s fun, escapist fare at Actors Co-op Hollywood

    In 1988, the fledgling duo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty produced their first musical: “Lucky Stiff.” The show is a silly send-up of the mystery/suspense genre, and based loosely on the 1983 book “The Man Who Broke Monte Carlo.” Now open in a new production at Actors Co-op in Hollywood, the show itself proves a bit creaky, though the pair would go on to write “Ragtime,” “Suessical the Musical” and “Once Upon This...

    By Frances Baum Nicholson|

  • Entertainment

    Apocalypse then: Peter Brook’s ‘Battlefield’ revisits epic themes from ‘The Mahabharata’

    The war is over. Thousands of dismembered corpses lie in stinking heaps picked over by vultures. Wailing women search for lost loved ones as the two surviving kings look on in dismay at the extent of the carnage. How has the state of the world come this horrific place, they ask? From that description, you might think this is a preview of the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones.” In fact it is a description of the opening scene of “Battlefield,” Peter...

    By Jim Farber|

  • Entertainment

    ‘Archduke’ takes a well-aimed shot at explaining terrorism in any era

    Rajiv Joseph’s world premiere play “Archduke,” as its title evidences, centers on the assassination that history tells us led to World War I. It also examines our innate need to live a meaningful life. Three Balkan boys in their late teens are adrift. It’s 1914, and not much is available to them, including longevity. More troublingly, each seems alone, uneducated, unloved. One of them, Gavrilo (Stephen Stocking), has at long last sought medical...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Musical theater

    How ‘Hamilton’ curriculum is bringing US history to life for students

    In the final scene of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton,” the cast takes center stage, gazes into the audience and sings in an emotional crescendo, “Who lives, who dies, who tells the story?” The lights dim, the crowd erupts, and the 2,000 high school kids in the audience know exactly who will tell the story: It’s them. Thanks to a curriculum project backed by the “Hamilton” creators, thousands of students at high schools in...

    By Carolyn Jones EdSource|

  • Entertainment

    How ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ explores big issues with upbeat music

    Ebony Repertory Theatre has plenty to be jazzed about as it presents “Five Guys Named Moe” at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles starting May 19. It’s the 25th anniversary of the musical written by Clarke Peters (best known for his acting roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme”) about a man examining his life with the help of five titular Moes, who are aspects of his psyche,...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Entertainment

    ‘Mamma Mia!’ cast at Hollywood Bowl adds Jennifer Nettles, Corbin Bleu, Lea DeLaria

    The cast for “Mamma Mia!” at the Hollywood Bowl July 28-30 is rounding out nicely. Jaime Camil (CW’s “Jane the Virgin”) was first announced as on board as Sam in the feel-good musical, which will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winnter Kathleen...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Entertainment

    Scottish Ballet reimagines ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

    Scottish Ballet is bringing its acclaimed adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “A Streetcar Named Desire” to Los Angeles. The production, opening Friday as part of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music...

    Sandra Barrera
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