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Annie Baker's 'Antipodes' opens a door to the coveted writers room

Annie Baker’s new play, “The Antipodes,” which is having its world premiere off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center, gathers professional storytellers around a generic conference table to brainstorm until they either hit narrative gold or their boss “pulls the plug on them.”

These characters could be TV writers hired to come up with the next “Game of Thrones.”

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L.A. Opera's 'Tosca': No gimmicks, just some powerhouse singing

There are many, many interesting anecdotes circulating about Puccini’s “Tosca” — which figures since “Tosca” is among the most performed operas in the business. James Conlon told a few of them Saturday night in his pre-performance talk before Los Angeles Opera revived its 2013 production, and he had some of his listeners rolling in the aisles.

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Shakespeare died 401 years ago, but original scripts from his era live on in a new digital archive
'In the Steps of Trisha Brown,' and the L.A. festival where dance and film collide
Surprising humor on the road to 'Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers'

The initial action of “Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers,” Louisa Hill’s new play at the Skylight, is set in 1964 for obvious reasons. At that time, unwed pregnancy was so taboo that teenage girls were frequently spirited away to “homes” where they could bear their children in secrecy and place them with adoptive parents.

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Essential Arts: The Divine Miss M, an Ibsen sequel, everything Icelandic and charging bulls

We’ve got Dolly. We’ve got groundhogs. And we’ve got Icelandic music and prickly architects. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s most necessary culture stories:

Hello, Bette!

Times theater critic Charles McNulty says he wasn’t exactly “champing at the bit” for another “Hello, Dolly!” revival.

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