Posted Sep. 4, 2014, 8:41 am
There are traditional Passover Seders and then there are Passover Seders of a different kind. One of the recent depictions of this 2000-year-old tradition, was the one presented in the West Coast Jewish Theatre’s production of “The Whipping Man,” in which the Seder was conducted by Simon, a newly freed slave whose owners were Jewish and whose religion and its practices he embraced as his own.
Posted Aug. 19, 2014, 9:13 am
Once in a while, someone decides to revive an old chestnut. Sometimes it’s a waste of time and sometimes it’s fun to welcome an old theatrical friend.
Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:08 am
Neil LaBute is a playwright who doesn’t shy away from theatrical blood letting. His play “In A Dark Dark House,” which is a guest production on stage at The Matrix, is yet another of LaBute’s fascinating, albeit painful, journeys into childhood trauma, memories of which are trapped in the subconscious or too painful to consciously revisit.
Posted Jul. 28, 2014, 9:38 am
Santa Monica resident and Emmy-Award winning playwright-producer, Peter Lefcourt, is the epitome of the local who doesn’t want to leave home even to go to work.
Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:41 am
Most people of a certain age might remember that wonderful quote from “All About Eve.” “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Well, as it applies to X-rated “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” on stage at the Geffen Playhouse, it could be rewritten to read: “Fasten your seatbelts. You’re in for an evening of non-stop laughter,” which includes funny stories, free giveaways, and audience participation.
Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:16 am
The story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music opened on stage Tuesday at the Hollywood Pantages as part of a limited four-week engagement.
Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:44 am
Join Four Clowns on the beach in Santa Monica this summer with the first two installments of its Old Testament project.
Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:40 am
The City Shakespeare Company opens the doors to its summer production of Romeo & Juliet this Friday, July 11. They kick off the run with a red carpet masquerade ball in honor of the famous ‘ancient feast’ in the story, and run through July 26.
Posted Jun. 18, 2014, 12:18 pm
The Broad Stage in Santa Monica will host six 10-minute performances this Friday night as part of 24 Hour Plays starring the likes of Alanis Morissette, Kelly Osbourne, Abbie Cornish, Seth Green, John Cho, and Wilmer Valderrama.
Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:27 am
Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary of Cirque du Soleil, the show Zarkana has embraced its new home of ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Posted May. 5, 2014, 8:28 am
At the end of this play, a lot of the audience milled around the lobby asking each other if they could explain what just happened on the stage. People scratched their heads but all agreed it was a special treat to see the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov, even if they didn’t understand the narrative.
Posted May. 2, 2014, 9:36 am
For those of you who are purists and would prefer to not see this ground-breaking American folk opera fiddled with in any way, you may very well have problems with the American Repertory Theater’s version of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Posted Apr. 23, 2014, 9:46 am
For those of you who might be wondering who is Ruth Draper and why is she being channeled by Annette Bening, in “Ruth Draper’s Monologues,” currently on stage at The Geffen Playhouse, the answer is simple.
Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 9:24 am
With the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs, he became another number in the tens of thousands of people who succumb to deadly drug addiction annually.
Posted Apr. 3, 2014, 8:18 am
George Orwell was the prophet of Big Brother everywhere and his dystopian novel, “1984” painted a grim picture of what the world could expect.
Posted Mar. 26, 2014, 9:01 am
The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off its 2014 season with a bash. The Santa Monica-based theater company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night this Thursday, March 27.
Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:06 am
Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company is one of the most respected theatres in America so you can be sure if we’re lucky enough to get one of their productions, you’re in for a genuine theatrical treat.
Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:01 am
Santa Monica Repertory Theater, the popular and critically acclaimed Westside theater company, launches its first ever “Solo Series” with performances of “bigblueride” and “From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in Less than Five Hours” this Thursday, March 27 through April 17 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica.
Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:49 am
Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find a heir comes to life on stage in Santa Monica starting this weekend.
Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:20 am
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The Ruskin Group Theatre Company is one of Santa Monica’s treasures and one of the best Equity Waiver theatres in Los Angeles. Under the visionary leadership of Artistic Director John Ruskin and its energetic producer Mikey Myers (who also serves as the Santa Monica Arts Commission Chairperson), the theatre is a breeding ground of theatrical activity.
Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:04 am
From Brisbane, Australia, comes Circa – a bold vision of contemporary circus performance that has quickly risen to become one of the most acclaimed circus ensembles in the world.
Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:39 am
There are theatre purists who believe that like separation of church and state, there should also be a separation of stage and cinema.
Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:37 am
Theatre By The Blind will present five performances of “Walk Me Home” at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica over the next two weekends.
Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 9:16 am
The West Coast Jewish Theatre has presented many productions with a Jewish theme, some of which were outstanding and some of which were sub-par.
Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:17 am
In 2012, Italian filmmaker brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani submitted “Caesar Must Die” for Best Foreign Language film, which had won the Golden Bear award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.