Female of the Species, LA

Female of the SpeciesBy:  Joanna Murray-SmithDirection:  Randall ArneyWith: Annette BeningThe Geffen PlayhouseThrough March 14, 20010http://www.geffenplayhouse.comPhoto by Michael LamontIt is fun for awhile, watching Annette Bening as the no-holds-barred, foul mouthed, raging feminist author spewing angry word plays, and looking  ...

The First Grade, Berkeley

The First GradeBy Joel Drake JohnsonWorld PremiereAurora Theatre CompanyBerkeley, CaliforniaDirected by Tom RossJanuary 22-February 28, 2010www.auroratheatre.orgSydney (front, Julia Brothers) asks her daughter Angie (back, Rebecca Schweitzer) for help getting up in The First Grade. Photo:  ...

Just 45 Minutes from Broadway, LA

Just 45 Minutes from Broadway By:  Henry JaglomDirected by:  Gary ImhoffEdgemar Center for the Arts, Main StageSanta Monica, CAThrough April, 20010http://www.edgemarcenter.orgDavid Garver and Tanna Frederick in 'Just 45 Minutes From Broadway.'  Photo:Ed Krieger45 minutes, but oh, so far away.   ...

Golden Age, Philadelphia

Golden Age by Terrence McNally
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia PAJanuary 22 - February 14, 2010Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington DCMarch 12- April 19, 2010www.PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.orghttp://www.kennedy-center.org Marc Kudisch as Tamburini and Jeffery Carlson as Bellini. Photo: Mark GarvinCrouching  ...

Whisper House, San Diego

Whisper HouseWorld PremiereMusic and Lyrics by Duncan SheikBook and Lyrics by Kyle JarrowThe Old Globe San DiegoJanuary 13-February 21, 2010 www.TheOldGlobe.org David Poe and Holly Brook as Ghosts. Photo by Craig SchwartzWhisper House is the astounding new  ...

Phedre, ACT, SF

Phèdre By Jean RacineTranslated and adapted by Timberlake WertenbakerDirected by Carey PerloffAmerican Conservatory TheaterJanuary 15-February 7, 2010www.act-sf.orgPhèdre (Seana McKenna, left) tries to find the courage to share her secret with her nurse Oenone (Roberta Maxwell). Photo by Erik Tomasson.I  ...

Coming Home, Berkeley Rep

Coming HomeBy Athol FugardJanuary 15-February 28, 2010Directed by Gordon EdelsteinBerkeley Repertory Theatrewww.berkeleyrep.orgJaden Malik Wiggins, Thomas Silcott and Roslyn Ruff star in Coming Home by master dramatist Athol Fugard. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.comThe more things change, etc. etc. For decades  ...

Palestine, New Mexico–LA

Palestine, New Mexico BY  Richard Montoya for Culture ClashMark Taper ForumLos AngelesThrough January 24, 2010http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.orgPhoto: Craig SchwartzWhat on earth happened?  The combination of the Chicano performance troupe, Culture Clash, and the Mark Taper Forum has been wonderful in the  ...

Aurelia’s Oratorio, U.S. Tour

Aurelia’s OratorioU.S. tourConceived and directed by Victoria Thierree ChaplinStarring Aurelia ThierreeWith Jaime MartinezBerkeley Repertory TheatreDecember 4-January 24, 2009-10www.berkeleyrep.orgPhoto: Richard Haughton“Aurelia’s Oratorio” uses the music of the body to sing a new song. Part modern circus (think Cirque du Soleil  ...

The 39 Steps, National Tour

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 StepsAdapted by Patrick BarlowDirected by Maria AitkenNational TourCurran Theater, San FranciscoDecember 9-January 3, 2009-10www.shnsf.comEric Hissom & Ted Deasy. Photo: Craig Schwartz.“Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” climbs a giddy stairway to high hilarity. This zany spoof  ...