Theater interviews

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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INTERMISSION: MARSHA MASON

INTERMISSION | 15 minutes with … Marsha Mason In 2007, ‘The Goodbye Girl’ graduates to ‘The Allergist’s Wife’ Marsha Mason began her career as a stage actress (see credits at right). Yet, she is best remembered for her film career, which earned four Academy Award nominations between 1973 and 1981. Those were also the years …

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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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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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INTERMISSION

Theater Amy Brenneman ‘Staying on Top’ • Amy Brenneman adds both luster and depth to the female characters she portrays, whether on stage, television, or in film. As she has gained acclaim and influence through a succession of hit TV shows, from “NYPD Blue,” to “Judging Amy,” and “Private Practice” she has been able to …

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BETTY BUCKLEY – p2

INTERMISSION BETTY BUCKLEY COMIN’ BACK 1 | 2 Continued The meetings of record Theatertimes You met T Bone Burnett around this time? Buckley We had this great record store in Fort Worth called Record Town that was owned by Sumpter Bruton, and he had two sons, Sumter Jr. and Stephen. Stephen was this great guitar-player, …

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Betty Buckley

BETTY BUCKLEY

COMIN’ BACK Betty Buckley The Tony®-winner and Theater Hall-of-Famer is back where it started. When Betty Buckley isn’t in a major musical, like the revival of Grey Gardens now at the Ahmanson Theatre, or performing her cabaret act, as she will be in late October at Segerstrom Center’s Samueli Theater, she is back in the …

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BILL RAUCH

The Oregon trial Cornerstone Theater founder and sought-after guest director Bill Rauch sets down high stakes in Ashland.

AMY BRENNEMAN

Staying on top After our ‘Top Girls’ interview, a return for ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ Amy Brenneman adds both luster and depth to the female characters she portrays, whether on stage, television, or in film. As she has gained acclaim and influence through a succession of hit TV shows, from "NYPD Blue," to "Judging Amy," and …

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AARON POSNER

INTERMISSION | 15 minutes with … Aaron Posner The dazzle: The writer-director is having a big year with adaptations of Chekhov and Shakespeare Aaron Posner’s work was terra incognita for me until last spring, when Arye Gross told me his next stage role would be Dr. Sorn, blending brother Sorin and Dr. Dorn from Chekhov’s …

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