To Be, Or Not To Be, An Arts President

An analysis of what it means to be a political arts advocate and a look at our current candidates.



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'Bent' Is That Nightmare You're Grateful You Had

The cast of "Bent" at the Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Everyone should see "Bent" at least once in their theatregoing careers... Although they may never want to go back.



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Tommy Smith's 'Ghost Light' Is More Poetry Than Play

Deborah Puette in "Ghost Light."

This companion piece provokes both fascinating and troubling questions about what we consider "theatre."



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Antaeus's 'Picnic' Is The Hottest Show Of The Summer (Literally)

"Deviled Eggs" cast in "Picnic" at Antaeus. Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

You can't go wrong with either cast in Cameron Watson's brilliant production of this William Inge classic.



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'August: Osage County' Is A Natural Tour De Force At The Theatricum Botanicum

The cast of "August: Osage County" at the Theatricum Botanicum. Photo by Miriam Geer.

An outdoor setting provides an unexpectedly poetic enhancement of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.



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'The Glass Menagerie' Flounders At The Greenway Court Theatre

Brian Foyster and Kerry Knuppe. (Photo Credit Alfred Collar)

This "Menagerie" fails to capitalize on excellent source material.



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Glory Struck's 'American Idiot' Is Not As Radical As It Wants To Be

The cast of "American Idiot." (Photo by Ian Momil)

This warehouse production is great environmental theatre, but doesn't go far enough.



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'Corktown '57' Revives The Irish Dramatic Voice

John Ruby, Andrew Connolly and Nick Tate. (Photo by Ed Krieger)

"Corktown '57" is very close to being the next great Irish play.



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Bad News For 'Newsies' At The Pantages

The cast of 'Newsies' (Photo by Deen van Meer)

While the Disney adaptation is entertaining, no amount of production value can save its weak story.



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'Pygmalion' At The Pasadena Playhouse Is A Modern Mythological Masterpiece

Carolyn Ratteray, Lynn Milgrim, Paige Lindsey White, Alex Knox. (Photo by Jim Cox)

The original source material for "My Fair Lady" has never been more poignant.



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Antaeus's 'Henry IV, Part I' Leaves Shakespeare Without A Leg To Stand On

Gregory Itzin and Ramón de Ocampo. (Photo by Karianne Flaathen)

A classic example of how Shakespeare simply can't do it all on his own.



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There Are Signs Of Greatness In Deaf West's 'American Buffalo'

Troy Kotsur, Matthew Ryan Pest, and Paul Raci in "American Buffalo" (Photo by Noel Bass)

David Mamet's classic translates swearing into sign with magnificent ferocity.



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'Billy Elliot' At La Mirada Sends Jolts To The Heart

l to r: Vicki Lewis, Mitchell Tobin, Emily Frazier and Brooke Besikof. Photo by Michael Lamont.

"Billy Elliot" will really make you wish you had taken ballet lessons.



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10 In 10 Words: The Greatest, Shortest Quotes In Literature

Photo by Philip Austin (Flickr, Creative Commons). Modified image by Gigi Gastevich.

These quotes can change your life - in ten words or less.



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Everything Adds Up In 'Proof' At The Moth Theatre

L to R: John Cirigliano, Amanda Brooks. Photo by Korbis Sarafyan.

A show about numbers, this play is far more than just academic.



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A Hot Production Of A Tepid Play: ‘Blithe Spirit’ At The Ahmanson

Susan Louise O’Connor, Sandra Shipley, Charles Edwards, Angela Lansbury, Charlotte Parry and Simon Jones in “Blithe Spirit” (Pho

While the Ahmanson delivers a fabulous production, it isn't enough to save this weak script.



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'Ubu The Sh*t' At CSULB Provides Drug-Induced Hilarity

Tyler Bremer as Pa Ubu. (Courtesy of Four Clowns)

Finally, the Shakespearean adaptation we've all been waiting for: Macbeth on Meth.



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'Cannibal! The Musical' Is Deliciously Fresh And Innovative

L to R: Jason Peter Kennedy, Scott Kruse, Peter Larney, Kurt Quinn, Travis Dixon, Joshua Hoover. Photo by Nardeep Khurmi.

South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone's vision is brought to life in an explosion of hilarious and ingenious theatrical energy.



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25th Ovation Awards Proves Theatre Is Alive And Well In L.A.

The L.A. Ovation Awards Logo. (@LaStageAlliance/Twitter)

Theatre, scandal, and competetive awards... what more could you ask for?



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Brian C. Petti's 'Banshee' Has Not Yet Reached Full Potential

Bill Voorhees and Alysha Brady. Photo by Rebecca Sigl.

With some work, 'Banshee' could be a great play.



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'Choir Boy' At The Geffen Playhouse Makes Its Unique Voice Heard

Jeremy Pope in 'Choir Boy.' Photo by Michael Lamont.

A spiritual theatrical experience. An emotionally charged performance.



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'The Tempest' At A Noise Within Takes Its Audiences By Storm

Deborah Strang as Prospero. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

The magic of theatrical storytelling brings Shakespeare's classic to life.



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