Fallen Angels, Pasadena

­Pamela J. Gray (left) and Katie MacNichol in "Fallen Angels" at The Pasadena PlayhousePhoto by Jim Cox 'Fallen Angels' By Noel CowardDirected by Art MankeThe Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, Calif.Feb. 3-24, 2013 "Fallen Angels," written by Noel Coward in  ...

The Morini Strad, Burbank, Calif.

'The Morini Strad' Written by Willy HoltzmanDirected by Stephanie VlahosThe Colony Theatre Company, Burbank, Calif.Nov. 17 – Dec. 16, 2012 As Mariette Hartley bowed gracefully to a standing ovation at the curtain for “The Morini Strad,” I was  ...

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, La Jolla

Kimiko Glenn (center) with robots in La Jolla Playhouse's "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"Photo by Kevin Berne 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' Directed by Des McAnuff Music and lyrics by The Flaming Lips Story by Wayne Coyne and Des  ...

Royal Treasures from the Louvre, SF

Miniature portrait of Louis XIV by Laurent Tessier Montarsy. Oil painting, silver, and diamonds, ca. 17th century.©RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource NY/Jean-Gilles Berizzi ‘Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette’ Exhibiton of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre  ...

Seminar, LA

‘Seminar’ Written by Theresa RebeckDirected by Sam GoldAhmanson Theatre, Los AngelesPresented by Center Theatre GroupOct. 10-Nov. 18, 2012 Is there anyone out there unfamiliar with The New Yorker writer E.B. White’s famous remark about analyzing humor and dissecting  ...

November, LA

Ed Begley Jr. (center) and (background, from left) Rod McLachlan, Todd Weeks and Felicity Huffman in "November"Photo by Craig Schwartz ‘November’ By David Mamet Directed by Scott Zigler Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Sept. 26 – Nov. 4, 2012  ...

Uncle Vanya, NY

‘Uncle Vanya’ By Anton ChekhovA new version by Annie BakerDirected by Sam GoldSoho Rep, New YorkThrough Aug. 26, 2012 Chekhov is undeniably one of the greatest playwrights ever, even if he only produced a handful of full-length plays  ...

Nixon in China, SF Opera

'Nixon in China' Opera in three actsBy John AdamsLibretto by Alice GoodmanConducted by Lawrence RenesDirected by Michael CavanaghChorus directed by Ian RobertsonSan Francisco Opera (company premiere)War Memorial Opera House, San FranciscoJune 8 – July 3, 2012 “Nixon in  ...

The Crucible, LA

Bernadette Speakes (kneeling) and Anthony Backman (left) in "The Crucible"Photo by Sean Thomas ‘The Crucible’ By Arthur Miller Produced by Sean Thomas Directed by Bill Voorhees Dollar Bill Productions The Lillian Theatre, Los Angeles June 15 through July  ...

The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman

Messy Truths “The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination”By Sarah Schulman179 pages, $27.95University of California PressFebruary 2012 No book has rocked my world in recent times more than Sarah Schulman’s "The Gentrification of the  ...