Edward James Olmos

At timely 'Zoot Suit' revival, the after-party chitchat turns to politics and President Trump

At timely 'Zoot Suit' revival, the after-party chitchat turns to politics and President Trump

If opening-night guests at the Mark Taper Forum agreed on one thing, it was that the restaging of “Zoot Suit” couldn’t have been timelier. Based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case and so-called “zoot suit riots” in Los Angeles in the 1940s, the groundbreaking play about the injustices suffered by a group of Mexican American teenagers originally premiered at the same theater in 1978.

Celebrities dotted the enthusiastic Feb. 12 audience, where several gents turned up in zoot suits and more than a few gals sported flowers in their hair.

Among others in the crowd were Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”); Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”); Cheech Marin (“Nash Bridges”);...

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