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Essential Arts: Whitewashing a mural, 'Mockingbird' on Broadway, Zubin Mehta hits L.A.

A little bit of controversy. A little bit of Broadway. A little bit of Zubin Mehta. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential arts stories.

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Simon Helberg trades ‘Big Bang’ for George Bailey and a twist on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

It’s a typical arc for a Hollywood actor: Land a part in the longest-running multicamera comedy in TV history, star in a movie opposite Meryl Streep and then, at the pinnacle of your glory, play George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Well, maybe not the last part.

Did something awful happen to Simon Helberg’s agent?

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Review: Bring your big wig and killer heels to the theatrical party that is ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’

To misquote Shakespeare: Some men are born for drag, some achieve drag, and some have drag thrust upon ’em.

Casey, the protagonist of Matthew Lopez’s irresistible 2015 comedy “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” is firmly in the third camp.

How does somebody accidentally do drag?

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Jennifer Bolande: Cut up the newspaper, and random connections make for some unexpected depth

Jennifer Bolande's subtly provocative film "The Composition of Decomposition," projected on a wall at the gallery Pio Pico, presents like a 48-minute slide show: Every five seconds or so, the screen is refreshed, and one pair of side-by-side images is replaced by another.

Each image is of a partial page of the New York Times.

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Review: 'The Cher Show,' a Broadway musical that hardcore fans can 'Believe' in

How much Cher is too much Cher? I mean how much pasteurized celebrity information do you really, really want?

A related question posed by the new Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” now at the Neil Simon Theatre, is how many Chers are too many Chers?

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The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 16-23: 'All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914' and more

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.).


As Always, Jimmy Stewart Steve Nevil portrays the Hollywood legend in this solo drama. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $25. (323) 851-7977.

Joely Fisher: Growing Up Fisher The actress shares songs and stories.

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