Mike Boehm is a former arts reporter and pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times; he left in 2015. He also has covered police, courts, government and politics and general news and features for the Danbury (Conn.) News-Times, Miami Herald and Providence Journal. He grew up in Connecticut and has degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lifelong commitments include his family and the New York Giants, Mets and Knickerbockers. Boehm died in May 2019.
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Terrence McNally, whose varied and prolific career as a playwright, musical librettist and screenwriter earned him five Tony Awards and an Emmy, died Tuesday.
Neil Simon, whose comic touch in “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and many other hits on stage and screen made him the most commercially successfully playwright of the 20th century — and perhaps of all time — has died, according to his representative.
Gordon Davidson, the Center Theatre Group impresario who launched, defined and for 38 years personified Los Angeles’ flagship theater, the Mark Taper Forum, has died, his family said.
Edward Albee, the award-winning playwright who instilled fire-breathing life into George and Martha, the middle-aged couple who made his “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Earl Hamner Jr., creator of “The Waltons” and the prime-time soap opera “Falcon Crest,” died March 24 in Los Angeles.
Among many other things, You Chung Hong, one of the leading Chinese American Californians of the generation born around 1900, was active in Republican politics.
There are lots of portrait photos in the Getty Museum’s exhibition “In Focus: Daguerreotypes,” but not many smiles.
Four of the six plays in La Jolla Playhouse’s 2016-17 season will be world premieres, including veteran playwright Joe DiPietro diving into the seamy side of movie history with “Hollywood,” a show about the scandal of the never-solved 1922 shooting death of silent film director William Desmond Taylor.
Will Eno, a playwright who’s been a critics’ favorite for the past decade but has been largely missing from L.A. stages, will finally get a prominent production here, thanks to the star power of an old friend -- Rainn Wilson, who’ll perform Eno’s 2004 monologue, “Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)” in a special engagement at the Geffen Playhouse running Jan. 13 to Feb. 14, with previews beginning Jan. 8.
Singer, actress and filmmaker Barbra Streisand and Itzhak Perlman, one of this era’s most honored classical musicians, are arts figures who will receive American’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in a Nov. 24 ceremony at the White House.