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  • Felder rocks Liszt, Lincoln

    By Tom Tugend

    September 11, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    Even for the energetic and versatile Hershey Felder — pianist, actor, playwright, composer and producer — the time warp of his next two world premieres may be considered a bit of a stretch.

    Coming up first is “Rockstar,” opening this month at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach....

  • ‘Minister’ puts the (English) accent on politics, American style

    May 29, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Jonathan Lynn wants to know what an egg cream is. Sitting in Jerry’s Deli in Westwood on an absurdly hot day in early May, he’s less interested in talking about his show “Yes, Prime Minister” at this moment than he is about finding out what ingredients go into the classic New York...

  • ‘Coney Island’: A Christmas Story for Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Donald Margulies was in his New Haven study when a surprising call came from Gil Cates, the renowned artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse.

    Cates — who died last November at 77 — had overseen four Margulies productions at the Geffen, had just directed the Pulitzer...

  • Brooke Shields, Richard Chamberlain and Teller on “Exorcist’s” demon [SLIDESHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2012 | 11:04 am

    What’s the character of the demon like in John Pielmeier’s “The Exorcist,” adapted from William Peter Blatty’s novel, opening July 11 at the Geffen Playhouse? “He’s actually rather inventive and playful, in the sense that he likes to play with people’s lives,” said...

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  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Music transcends darkest hours in ‘Willesden Lane’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Malka and Abraham Jura faced a Solomonic decision in late 1938, as the Nazis were tightening the vise on the Jews of Vienna. The couple hoped to send their three daughters to safety but were able to wrangle only one place on the Kindertransport ferrying a limited number of Jewish...

  • “Scre4m’s” David Arquette on Courtney Cox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Ghostface is back with “Scre4m,” and with it Courtney Cox and David Arquette, who met on the set of the first “Scream,” in 1996, married three years later, had a daughter but after 11 years of marriage are now in the midst of a trial separation.  In interviews with Oprah and...

  • Theater: Mark Feuerstein is the “Some Girls” guy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After studying theater on a Fulbright scholarship, Mark Feuerstein played a series of affable Jewish leads on sitcoms such as "Conrad Bloom" and "Good Morning, Miami." His characters were "fumfering menshes who, though well intentioned, let their neuroses get in their own way," said...
  • Joan Rivers’ ‘Life’—audacious, as always

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm angry about everything," comedian Joan Rivers says.

    "I'm angry about getting older, about men being morons, about Hollywood being such a use-and-discard business. I'm angry that for women it's all about looks -- when it isn't for men -- and you can tell me 'No,' you can yell...

  • Chabad Telethon Sunday, ‘Shadow of Doubt’

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Only two more weeks until Yom Kippur ... are you mentally and emotionally prepared? Tackling the weighty topics of repentance and forgiveness can seem like a mighty task, but with the entertaining inspiration of "The Gates Are Closing" you can start thinking and discussing...
  • Two musical ‘inventors’ get Felder fanfare

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Hershey Felder sits at a baby grand piano in the ornately furnished home he has rented near the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. The 38-year-old Paris-based actor-pianist has temporarily moved here to perform his musical solo shows, "George Gershwin Alone" and "Monsieur Chopin," at the...
  • Literary Lives

    By Diane Arieff

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A play with both wit and heart is a compelling combination, and it's one that playwright Donald Margulies' pulls off in his mostly rewarding "Collected Stories."

    "Stories" drew critical praise and a 1997 Pulitzer Prize nomination following it's world première at Costa Mesa's South...

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