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January 01, 1990 - May 09, 2013 + Opening the Curtain

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...

A step into the past...and maybe the future listen Download

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Roughly a decade ago, the evidEnce Room was one of the centers of LA theater....churning out thrilling show after show, all in fantastic warehouse spaces...

The Magic of Polaroid listen Download

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Remember the magic of Polaroid cameras? Unlike the camera on your iPhone, there was that satisfying, mechanical ker-chunk as the photo spit itself out like...

A Desire for Honesty listen Download

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Kate Fodor's play 100 Saints You Should Know is all about longing -- for faith, intimacy, a real connection with your child, and perhaps most...