'Jersey Boys,' directed by Clint Eastwood, gets first trailer

'Jersey Boys,' directed by Clint Eastwood, gets first trailer

"Jersey Boys," Clint Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway jukebox musical, is scheduled to open June 20. On Friday, Warner Bros....

Geffen Playhouse season will include play about Patricia Highsmith

Geffen Playhouse season will include play about Patricia Highsmith

A new drama inspired by the life of author Patricia Highsmith and written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith will be among the...

Review: 'Sovereign Body' aches with a sense of lost self-reliance

Review: 'Sovereign Body' aches with a sense of lost self-reliance

Thanksgiving dinner can often be a recipe for disaster, but it proves especially problematic for the workaholic chef who finds her...

Review: Little drama in 'Act One'; still, there's some good theater

Review: Little drama in 'Act One'; still, there's some good theater

Whenever a thespian, young or old, needs some inspiration, I always prescribe the same two books: "The Mystic in the Theatre: Eleonora Duse"...

 Review: Annette Bening pays fine tribute in 'Ruth Draper's Monologues'

Review: Annette Bening pays fine tribute in 'Ruth Draper's Monologues'

Watching Annette Bening perform the monologues of Ruth Draper at the Geffen Playhouse put me in mind of that lovely music tradition born out...

James Franco, his 'Of Mice and Men' critic and an Instagram rant

James Franco, his 'Of Mice and Men' critic and an Instagram rant

The social-media buzz surrounding James Franco's Broadway debut on Wednesday in "Of Mice and Men" doesn't have to do so much with his...

L.A. theater openings, April 20-27: 'Man in a Case' and more

L.A. theater openings, April 20-27: 'Man in a Case' and more

Baryshnikov does Chekov in "Man in a Case" at the Broad Stage. Plus, a pair of Pulitzer Prize winners: Edward Albee’s “A...

Theater review: "Everything You Touch" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center

Theater review: "Everything You Touch" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center

You may have seen your share of makeovers, but nothing like the one Sheila Callaghan inflicts on her heroine in “Everything You Touch,...

 Review: 'Of Mice and Men' finds James Franco in CliffsNotes mode

Review: 'Of Mice and Men' finds James Franco in CliffsNotes mode

NEW YORK — Why is James Franco, the world's most famous perpetual student, making his Broadway debut in a revival of that panting...

James Franco, Michelle Williams and Co. get the Broadway bug

James Franco, Michelle Williams and Co. get the Broadway bug

NEW YORK — This Tony season, an unprecedented number of movie and Hollywood stars under 40 are hitting Broadway for the first time.

'The Flick' by Annie Baker wins Pulitzer Prize for drama

'The Flick' by Annie Baker wins Pulitzer Prize for drama

Annie Baker's "The Flick" -- a highly divisive drama that prompted an abundance of head-scratching and some audience walkouts during its...

Obamas attend 'A Raisin in the Sun' starring Denzel Washington

Obamas attend 'A Raisin in the Sun' starring Denzel Washington

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took time Friday to attend the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Denzel...

Review: From bright to dark to playful from Paul Taylor Dance

Review: From bright to dark to playful from Paul Taylor Dance

Paul Taylor served the first generation of modern dance pioneers as a performer, then helped create and redefine the second as a...

Keeping Handspring Puppet Company's creations in good repair

Keeping Handspring Puppet Company's creations in good repair

Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warning, pop — it just fell off.

History on stage: My, but the past looks a lot like today

History on stage: My, but the past looks a lot like today

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — The history play, that genre that at its best transcends the oft-quoted line in Shakespeare's...

Review: Life's clock is wondrously reset in 'Time and the Conways'

Review: Life's clock is wondrously reset in 'Time and the Conways'

SAN DIEGO -- Social commentary, familial relationships and quantum theory collide in “Time and the Conways” at the Old Globe,...

 Review: 'Bullets Over Broadway' misses the bull's-eye

Review: 'Bullets Over Broadway' misses the bull's-eye

NEW YORK — "Don't speak! Don't speak!"

L.A. theater openings, April 13-20: 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' and more

L.A. theater openings, April 13-20: 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' and more

Celebrations of legendary performers abound when Frank Ferrante plays Groucho Marx, Annette Bening salutes Ruth Draper, and Daniel Beaty...

Blair Underwood to star in 'Othello' at Old Globe in San Diego

Blair Underwood to star in 'Othello' at Old Globe in San Diego

Blair Underwood will be adding some star power to the Old Globe's annual summer lineup of plays by William Shakespeare.

 Magic breaks the spell of 'The Tempest' in Vegas

Magic breaks the spell of 'The Tempest' in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the...

Anne Hathaway sings rap songs Broadway-style with Jimmy Fallon

Anne Hathaway sings rap songs Broadway-style with Jimmy Fallon

Anne Hathaway has yet to make good on her oft-professed desire to perform in a Broadway musical. Her Oscar-winning turn as Fantine in the...

Theater review: A poignant, potent 'Come Back, Little Sheba'

Theater review: A poignant, potent 'Come Back, Little Sheba'

Playwright William Inge was part and parcel of the 1950s, a time of scenery-chomping melodrama in the American theater zeitgeist. If not...

Poignancy and quirkiness invigorate 'Rest' at South Coast Rep

Poignancy and quirkiness invigorate 'Rest' at South Coast Rep

If the producers of the HBO series "Getting On" go to Costa Mesa to see Samuel D. Hunter's "Rest," the American theater might lose another...

San Diego Opera closing: Vocal patrons share their reactions

San Diego Opera closing: Vocal patrons share their reactions

SAN DIEGO — Judging by the audience's reaction, the villain at the San Diego Opera's swan-song production of "Don Quixote" may have...

Review: The Broad's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' enchants with puppetry

Review: The Broad's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' enchants with puppetry

While a Punch and Judy version of "The Taming of the Shrew" has possibilities, the Shakespeare play that would seem to work best with...

Theater Review: 'Doctor Anonymous' a reality check on evolving views of gays

Theater Review: 'Doctor Anonymous' a reality check on evolving views of gays

Considering the fast-changing attitudes toward homosexuality in this country, it’s worth remembering that homosexuality was listed...

Theater Review: A haunting 'Floyd Collins'

Theater Review: A haunting 'Floyd Collins'

I had never seen anything quite like it, and it grew on me slowly. But I can’t stop thinking about, and humming snippets from, La...

 Annette Bening will solo at Geffen Playhouse, but she won't be alone

Annette Bening will solo at Geffen Playhouse, but she won't be alone

Annette Bening will tell you about Sinatra's phrasings, the beauty and brutality of "The Iliad," homeless enchanters, acting classes, the...

L.A. theater openings, April 6-13: 'Romeo & Juliet' and more

L.A. theater openings, April 6-13: 'Romeo & Juliet' and more

Wherefore art thou, "Romeo & Juliet"? At Independent Shakespeare Co., that's where. Plus, Parson's Nose tells of "Little Sophie’...

Watch 'The Lion King' cast burst into song from their plane seats

Watch 'The Lion King' cast burst into song from their plane seats

The cast of the Australian production of "The Lion King," in a buoyant mood, gave it their all in a flash-mob performance aboard a Virgin...

Alex Fernandez reflects on juggling stage work and TV stints

Alex Fernandez reflects on juggling stage work and TV stints

Shakespeare's "Henry V" begins with a narrator called the Chorus bemoaning the theater as "an unworthy scaffold." The description turns...

'Heathers' musical opens in New York following L.A. run

'Heathers' musical opens in New York following L.A. run

"Heathers" has been resurrected -- shoulder pads, big bangs et al. -- as a cheeky stage musical. As Veronica Sawyer, the Winona Ryder...

San Diego Opera postpones closure by two weeks

San Diego Opera postpones closure by two weeks

San Diego Opera has postponed its closure by two weeks in order to give its board of directors time to seek out new funding from the city...

Idina Menzel opens on Broadway in musical 'If/Then'

Idina Menzel opens on Broadway in musical 'If/Then'

Long before "Frozen" and John Travolta made her famous, Idina Menzel was a certifiable Broadway star with enough box-office clout to open...

Review: 'God Only Knows' at Theatre 40

Review: 'God Only Knows' at Theatre 40

First produced in 2000, Hugh Whitemore’s “God Only Knows,” is receiving its belated American premiere at Theatre 40. 

Review: In 'Paul Robeson,' an inspiring life falters in the telling

Review: In 'Paul Robeson,' an inspiring life falters in the telling

Even the sparest account of the life of Paul Robeson, the lawyer, actor, singer and civil rights activist who died in 1976, has a mythic...

Review: An invigorating return to 'Six Degrees of Separation'

Review: An invigorating return to 'Six Degrees of Separation'

It’s not every play that spawns a pop culture trope on the order of “Six Degrees of Separation.” Yet there’s far...

Benedict Cumberbatch to play 'Hamlet' in London in 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch to play 'Hamlet' in London in 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the London stage next year to play the mopey prince of Denmark in a new production of Shakespeare's...

Dance at the Music Center announces 2014-15 season

Dance at the Music Center announces 2014-15 season

The new season of the series Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center will feature seven productions, including visits from the...

Review: Noel Coward's 'Song at Twilight' is an overlooked gem

Review: Noel Coward's 'Song at Twilight' is an overlooked gem

Accustomed to living glamorously in the spotlight, Noël Coward conducted his private affairs, in the words of writer Rebecca West,...

Collapse at London's Apollo Theatre blamed on old ceiling material

Collapse at London's Apollo Theatre blamed on old ceiling material

When part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapsed in December during an evening performance, the falling debris caused a...

'Phantom of the Opera' on Broadway casts black actor in title role

'Phantom of the Opera' on Broadway casts black actor in title role

"The Phantom of the Opera" has been running on Broadway for more than 25 years. This week, the musical announced a first: a black actor...

Disney's 'Aladdin' opens on Broadway to warm critical reception

Disney's 'Aladdin' opens on Broadway to warm critical reception

With the opening on Thursday of "Aladdin" at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, Disney marks its 20th anniversary on Broadway. Whether...

 Cooler heads need prevail over heated criticism of incendiary 'Firemen'

Cooler heads need prevail over heated criticism of incendiary 'Firemen'

"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life."

Review: O'Neill's 'A Moon for the Misbegotten' quietly captivates

Review: O'Neill's 'A Moon for the Misbegotten' quietly captivates

Eugene O’Neill’s last full-length play, “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” has always suffered somewhat from “The...

Review: 'Macbeth' at A Noise Within intriguing yet rocky

Review: 'Macbeth' at A Noise Within intriguing yet rocky

Fair is foul and foul is fair in “Macbeth” at A Noise Within. William Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy of lethal ambition...

Ebony Repertory to resume  'Paul Robeson' play with Keith David

Ebony Repertory to resume 'Paul Robeson' play with Keith David

A new Los Angeles production of the Phillip Hayes Dean play "Paul Robeson," starring Keith David, will resume performances Friday,...

San Diego Opera to call it quits at end of 2014 season

San Diego Opera to call it quits at end of 2014 season

It will be curtains for the venerated San Diego Opera.

L.A. theater openings, March 23-30: Four Larks' 'Orpheus' and more

L.A. theater openings, March 23-30: Four Larks' 'Orpheus' and more

"Orpheus" descends in Downtown L.A., "Floyd Collins" does likewise in La Mirada, and "In the Heights" rises in Thousand Oaks.

Review: Vital issues raised at a meeting of 'Top Girls'

Review: Vital issues raised at a meeting of 'Top Girls'

The Antaeus Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" brings us refreshingly back to the basics of great theater: a sharply...

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