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MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE Cesar Cipriano is Kayama in Chromolume’s production of Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures. by CRISTOFER GROSS | December 1, 2017 In the early 1970s, Stephen Sondheim made musical history, winning the Tony Award® for Best Original Score in three consecutive years: Company in 1971, Follies in 1972, and A Little Night’s Music in […]

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CAMERMAN OBSCURA

CAMERAMAN OBSCURA Luis Fuerte’s new memoir sheds light on KCET’s historic ‘California’s Gold,’ its host Huell Howser, and himself. by CRISTOFER GROSS To focus on the subject in their viewfinder, early photographers covered their cameras and themselves with a black drape that blocked out the light. Similarly, Luis Fuerte, the cameraman behind KCET’s landmark "California’s […]

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THE PLAYWRIGHT ESSAYIST Playwright Richard Greenberg talks about his book of essays, Rules for Others to Live By. by MADELINE KING PORTER Playwright Richard Greenberg doesn’t go out a lot. Some people who know this about him but don’t know him, are quick to apply the label "hermit." Greenberg is not a hermit. He just […]

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TIME BEYOND THE TIME

TIME BEYOND THE TIME Art Podell’s Folk Music Revival Revival by CRISTOFER GROSS Once a month, the Tudor House in Lake Arrowhead presents a live Saturday night taping of JP Houston and Julie Van Dusen’s "American Parlor Songbook." It’s an evening of humor, song and cultural pulse-taking whose broad perspectives owe to an unapologetic embrace […]

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THE MEDICI OF FIRENZE

THE MEDICI ON STAGE An English-language drama in the heart of Florence recalls the first family of the Italian Renaissance. by MADELINE KING PORTER Who ever said, I’m off to Florence to see a play? My guess is, no one. Tourists go to Florence primarily because, as the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city boasts […]

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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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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 […]