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January 01, 1990 - February 08, 2013 + Opening the Curtain

The Poetry of Fluid Time listen Download

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Tucked into the third floor of the Alexandria Hotel in downtown LA is the Company of Angels tiny, black box theater. There's something wonderfully disorienting...

Cowboys and Dinosaurs listen Download

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The Dinosaur Within, by playwright John Walch at Boston Court in Pasadena, is built around paleontology and coincidence. Let's start with the Paleontology. What is...

The Responsibility of Image listen Download

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Where Are the Hollywood Clowns? listen Download

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Let's start with what works in Cirque du Soleil's $100 million spectacle Iris at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood...

Morally Bankrupt and Vacuous...but Funny listen Download

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It's late.  We're a couple of bottles of rose into a dinner at Ella and Peter's beautiful woodsy place outside of the city - no,...

The SITI Company's Questions listen Download

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Trojan Women, written by Euripedes 2,400 years ago, is one of the most brutal, unrelenting anti-war plays ever created. The play takes place among the...

Ideas in Need of Passion listen Download

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What is love?  Really? Is it a rush of the heartbeat? Is it the dedication to a child? These are the questions in Mr. Goodspeed's...

The Magic of Intimate Theater listen Download

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There's an experience you can only have in an intimate theater...There's an energy that's possible that is absolutely exhilarating...and at times horribly uncomfortable...

A Dark Night of the Soul listen Download

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Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis can be read as the internal monologue of a woman as she descends into psychosis and plans her suicide...

An All Too Pretty Labyrinth listen Download

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The center of the Minotaur's mythical labyrinth is not necessarily a place you want to find yourself. But I did recently - and it was...

Healthcare and Humanity listen Download

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Longtime Angelenos will remember Anna Deavere Smith's brilliant and haunting play called Twilight: Los Angeles about the aftermath of the Rodney King trial. She's...

An All Too Clever Hamlet listen Download

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Somewhere scrawled on a blackboard in a Shakespeare seminar is that perennial essay question "chart Hamlet's journey through his four soliloquies." Like "to be or...

Peeling Peer's Onion listen Download

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 "You are about to see the rarely performed 1867 masterpiece Peer Gynt, a disembodied voice says, "but instead of the epic 50-character, five-act, five-hour Ibsen...

A real theatre community? listen Download

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The clearest lesson of the last two weeks in LA theatre is that festivals rock! Or to try to be a little more erudite, theatre...

Was It All Make Believe? listen Download

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So a couple of weeks ago, I told you that this is a critical moment for LA theater...