Maestro, Berkeley

One of my favorite Stephen Sondheim lyrics is sung by a stripper with the improbable name of Mazeppa (he rhymes it with “shleppah”) in, of course, “Gypsy.” The song is titled “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and it reminds me  ...

Interview: Seth Bockley, playwright

    Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, playwright-in-residence at the Goodman Theatre and author of "Ask Aunt Susan," which opened at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre this week. He has been involved with the Goodman for several years  ...

“Ask Aunt Susan”

        Photo by Liz Lauren.     Seth Bockley’s new play, "Ask Aunt Susan," is a smart, funny 90-minute tear through today’s era of digital connections and a"cri de coeur"  ...

Death of the Author, LA

Spoiler Alert: Animals are, indeed, hurt in this play. They’re the oxen gored by playwright Steven Drukman and they can be found at almost any university today — from the president to a major department chair to a  ...

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, San Diego

Had a good belly laugh lately? You will, courtesy of the side-splitting, Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” receiving its San Diego premiere at The Old Globe with an acting ensemble that comes up all aces.  ...

M. Butterfly

Court Theatre is staging its new production of David Henry Hwang's 1988 hit play, M. Butterfly, in Hyde Park. The powerful and tragic story is always fascinating but Court's production on opening night did not flow as smoothly as most shows by  ...

A Raisin in the Sun, Cal Shakes

It has been more than half a century since Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic “A Raisin in the Sun” first took the stage, for those who saw it changing the way white America viewed the upward struggle of their African American neighbors.  ...

Interview w/Neil LaBute

Tom loves Helen. And why shouldn’t he? She’s smart, pretty and has a great sense of humor. But she’s also fat, and for Tom that just may be a deal breaker. This is the conundrum at the heart of Neil  ...

The Ghost of Gershwin, LA

As someone who loves George Gershwin’s music, could listen to it 24/7 and never tire of it, I’d looked forward to reviewing "The Ghost of Gershwin" at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. But I quickly tired of  ...