Cabaret, National Tour

An only child privy to adult conversations, I have a memory of the film, “I Am a Camera,” playing at Provincetown’s Art Cinema Theater when I was, say, seven, and overhearing my mother telling friends, “See that film!” The penetrating  ...

Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Disgraced,” has finally arrived in Los Angeles. It was the most produced play in America last season. Witty and timely it pulls no punches in the arena of American racial relations or  ...

The Secret Garden

“The Secret Garden” is Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story of young heroine Anne Lennox who is orphaned in India after her parents die in a cholera epidemic and she becomes the reluctant charge of her Uncle Archie back in England. It  ...

Constellations

“Constellations," the new two-character play at Steppenwolf Theatre, is certainly a nonlinear story. Marianne (Jessie Fisher) and Roland (Jon Michael Hill) at times seem to be in parallel universes. She, an academic theoretical physicist, and he,  ...

Tokyo Fish Story

At the highest level, sushi chefs blend artistry and discipline. Apprentice chefs can spend years performing grunt work before they’re even allowed to make rice. The intensity is almost martial. This is the world of Tokyo Fish Story.  ...

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

In Cal Shake’s creative new gender-bending version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” much text was deleted and some was added, to various levels of success. In a newly added prologue, we see a group of caterers cleaning  ...

Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook

"Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook" takes us on a visit to a tragic but inspiring moment in Chicago history and does it with a bang-up band of actors and musicians. The new Underscore Theatre production premiering this week at the Edge  ...

Spinning

The struggles of single parenthood and the dread of losing a child cause the worlds of Conor (Dan Waller) and Susan (Jodi Kingsley) to spin out of control in the tense 75-minute play, “Spinning", at the Irish Theatre of  ...

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Berkeley

J.M. Barrie’s famed character Peter Pan probably is the ultimate statement on the wish for eternal youth. More than Ponce de Leon’s fruitless search for the fountain, Dorian Gray’s nefarious portrait, or the frozen faces of Botox devotees today, Peter  ...

Camp David

An Orthodox Jew, a Muslim, and a born-again Christian meet in the woods. This isn’t the setup to a joke, but the true story of 13 days that led to a peace agreement between historic enemies Israel and Egypt.  ...