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LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT

LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT Can Jenn Lyon and Douglas Sills give John Guare a ‘Girl’ to remember? by CRISTOFER GROSS In 2003, Britain’s National Theatre asked playwright John Guare to create a new stage comedy by ‘marrying’ the 1940 film His Girl Friday with the 1928 play that had inspired it. “It was Nick Hytner’s …

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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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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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THE PLAYWRIGHT ESSAYIST

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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MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE

REVIVAL Most beautiful and true Cesar Cipriano is Kayama in Chromolume’s production of Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures. LIn 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 1973. Before launching another run of …

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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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A COMPOSER ‘IMAGINES’ BECKETT

IMAGINING BECKETT Composer Michael Roth’s 30-year journey with Samuel Beckett’s Imagination Dead Imagine More than 35 years ago, a 21-year-old composer living with his parents in Long Island had the chutzpah to imagine a collaboration with one of the most revolutionary figures in the history of English-speaking theater. And, as sometimes happens to determined dreamers, …

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JUST AS YOU’D LIKE IT

JUST AS YOU’D LIKE IT The forest of Arden comes alive at Shakespeare’s Globe in London Three qualities that make a production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It unforgettable are a most appealing Rosalind, intriguing Jacques, and sprightly pace to move things along without feeling hurried. At Shakespeare’s Globe in London, during summer 2015, …

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