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Theater


Bettering the Bard

May 2, 2018 • Amy Freed has thrown herself into an update of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew by inserting a wiley female contemporary of the playwright into his Prologue, and then steering the debate into more acceptable contemporary currents for modern audiences.

'Rock' and the Hard Place

April 18, 2018 • Playwright Lauren Yee first heard Dengue Fever, a contemporary band whose music is based in the Cambodian rock of the early 1970s, seven or eight years ago. It sparked a desire to tell the story of what happened to that country's original rock scene. In March 2018, the world premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, her new play with music, saw her vision land amid standing ovations.

A Bountiful Trip to 'Orange'

March 1, 2017 • After South Coast Repertory's Literary Manager Kimberly Coburn gave the playwright a personal tour of Orange County, Aditi Brennan Kapil doubted it would be a locale in the script she had just been commissioned to write. No problem, write whatever you want. The result, a play called Orange and "one of the most personal plays I have ever written."

Boston Court Announces 2017 Caseload

November 5, 2016 • 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 and two West Coast premieres. Pictured, clockwise from left: Julia Lederer, Dan O'Brien and Jen Silverman.

Calling the shots
Theater photographer galleries
March 25, 2016
Building character
A profile of Arye Gross
February 25, 2016
Just as You'd Like It
Shakespeare in London
October 18, 2015
Balancing Acts
Aaron Posner's Bird and Tempest
September 5, 2014
Stayin' Alive
Midsummer Madness from The Troubies
August 1, 2014
How History Plays
Bill Rauch Goes 'All the Way' to Broadway
July 23, 2014
Turning the Hood Around
Six short plays mark anniversary of Zimmerman verdict
July 22, 2014
The Apple of His Eye
Waiting tables and the eye of the storm
December 15, 2012
Counched Condolences
'Rabbit Hole's' One Degree of Separation
September 19, 2006
Counter Intuitive
A new play and maintaining discipline
September 9, 2006

Music



May 27, 2017

The Time Beyond the Time

Folk singer Art Podell, whose still-active career extends back to the dawn of the "Folk Music Revival" of the late-1950s, was part of JP Houston and Julie Van Dusen's "American Parlor Songbook" last month. With Houston, Van Dusen, and the comedy act Boomers on a Bench sharing the Lake Arrowhead Tudor House stage, it was a night of rich perspective. • READ

January 28, 2017

Donald Harrison's Jazz Gumbo

New Orleans Favorite Son and Saxophonist Donald Harrison brings jazz heritage and a blazing new generation quartet to Catalina's Jazz Grille next week. An interview with the familiar face from HBO's "Tréme" and jazz great. Pictured left, center, with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Cobham. • READ

John Mayall's Blues
The British Blues icon at 82
April 20, 2016
Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter
Launching the Segerstrom's jazz year
January 18, 2015
Treasure Found
Billy Childs' Tribute to Laura Nyro
October 22, 2014