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January 01, 1990 - April 18, 2013 + Opening the Curtain

Stage Stars listen Download

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God of Carnage is the story of two couples who come together after their children have gotten into a little playground rumpus.

The Merchant of Venice Goes to Wall Street listen Download

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It's been part of the drill for centuries for directors to stage Shakespeare in exotic locales and different time periods. As You Like It in...

The Joys of Simulated Nudity listen Download

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You sit down to see Jane Anderson's new play The Escort. The lights go down, a luscious red curtain opens and there is a beautiful,...

History Plays listen Download

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Theater is so damn...ephemeral...We can still experience a Michelangelo sculpture, still read James Joyce, but an ancient Greek tragedy performed by ancient Greeks...

Head in the Oven listen Download

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On February 11, 1963, Sylvia Plath turned her gas oven on and opened the door. She carefully placed wet rags under the door to the...

Natural History Theater listen Download

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There's a lot of Tennessee Williams in Los Angeles right now.  The great Southern playwright would be 100 this week and as a posthumous birthday...

Laughter, Catharsis and a Side of Gore listen Download

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So the Greeks, well Aristotle really, argued that one of the reasons to go to the theater was to experience catharsis, literally, a kind of...

Quixote's Misfortune Is Not His Imagination listen Download

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During Argentina's "dirty war" in the 1970's, the state imprisoned dissidents and other undesirables, including many artists. For some, their treatment was extreme. They were...

Camino Real listen Download

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It’s not politically correct for a theater person to say that they hate Tennessee Williams. Well “hate” might be a little strong, but l...

33 Variations listen Download

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The heart of Moises Kaufman’s new play “33 Variations” comes about 2/3 of the way through. The audience finds themselves alone with Beethoven and...

The Pleasure of Consequences listen Download

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Take a beautiful, sexually liberated female archetype. Mix in some macho dialogue filled with wit and innuendo. Add a dash of gratuitous nudity and play...

The Importance of Audience

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(Text-only commentary) There's a great essay by Eugenio Barba, the European theater director and thinker, where he talks about the critical role of the audience...

Oh Baby, I'm a Cyclops listen Download

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Today we start with a quick refresher on obscure classical Greek theater...the Satyr Play. Now, Satyrs are the those bawdy half man/half beast follower's of...

Drama of the Everyday listen Download

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Sometimes the best theater happens outside the theater. Like in the line at the grocery store. That little snippet of a conversation that you overhear...

Greed Isn't What It Used to Be listen Download

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So you get the email. You know, that email. Maybe it's from someone in Nigeria with a pile of money or maybe you've won the...