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A BOUNTIFUL TRIP TO ‘ORANGE’

A BOUNTIFUL TRIP TO ‘ORANGE’ Aditi Brennan Kapil circles back to the family in foreign Orange County by CRISTOFER GROSS Playwrights start each script staring into blankness. Somewhere in that word doc or sheet of paper is the trailhead to something undiscovered – possibly ancient and unformed – they hope to capture in words and […]

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DONALD HARRISON’S JAZZ GUMBO

JAZZ GUMBO Finding unity in the musical universe of saxophonist Donald Harrison. by CRISTOFER GROSS RECORDINGS Click image to shop Amazon for CDs and LPs. New Orleans Gumbo (2013) Dr. John Meets Donald Harrison Quantum Leap (2012) Donald Harrison This is Jazz (2011) Donald Harrison, with Ron Carter, Billy Cobham Spirits of Congo Square (2000) […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 4

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘It means so much to me that this is my first show as Associate Artistic Director. One of the first things Carey asked me to do when I came here was to build bridges in the community, and I couldn’t have imagined anything like […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | MISCELLANY

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | MISCELLANY I | II | III | IV ‘You found yourself utterly disarmed – open, unfettered, and believing you could: you can go there, you can be that, you can wear that (or not wear it), you can sing that, you can dance that. And not only can you dance […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 3

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘It felt like magic. It really felt like all these great things coming together.’ –Cindy Katz, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, South Coast Repertory (1996) Act II, Sc 2: All’s Well in the West Mark Rucker hated being told to do Shakespeare the […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 2

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘Shakespeare contains us; he always gets there before us, and always waits for us, somewhere up ahead.’ – Harold BloomShakespeare: The Invention of the Human ACT I, SC 3: North by Northeast Rising late on a Monday in the middle of that month, Rucker […]

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Theater @ Boston Court 2017 playwrights: clockwise from left, Julia Lederer, Dan O'Brien, Jen Silverman

This week, with 2017 occupancy of the White House – and with it the ninth chair on the Supreme Court – getting a little too close for comfort, it’s comforting to hear that occupancy at Pasadena’s Boston Court is set for a world premiere by Dan O’Brien and West Coast premieres from Jen Silverman and […]

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Musician, composer and educator Sean Jones is in the trumpet chair for SFJAZZ Collective’s 2016-17 tribute tour to Miles Davis. In 1988, Sean Jones was a 10-year-old learning to play drums in Warren, Ohio when he heard that his grandfather played trumpet during World War II. That, and copies his band instructor gave him of […]

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For the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, ten who have spent their professional life in theater share favorite experiences when his words gave the theater life. April 23 marked the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The body of work he left was so alive with poetry, characters, insight and inspiration, that it […]

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JOHN MAYALL’S BLUES

JOHN MAYALL’S BLUES The 82-year-old ‘Godfather of British Blues,’ a Southern Californian since 1969, has a flurry of new recordings and tours as the Blues Hall of Fame inducts him. PHOTO: ARNIE GOODMAN A Special Life John Mayall Find a Way to Care John Mayall Blues from Laurel Canyon John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric […]