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  • Playwright purges painful emotions in ‘Love & Sex’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 9, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    Back in the 1990s, Bathsheba Doran went to a nightclub where the comedian onstage wasn’t getting much attention from the crowd. “So he said to the audience, ‘What are you, a bunch of lesbians?’ And he got this huge laugh,” recalled the British-born playwright, now 40, who at the...

  • Michael Urie is Barbra Streisand in ‘Buyer & Cellar’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    “I’ve always found Barbra Streisand a fun character because she’s a combination of a megastar and my [Jewish] mother,” said playwright Jonathan Tolins, whose play “Buyer & Cellar,” now at the Mark Taper Forum, spotlights Babs’ relationship with an admiring employee. “I feel like...

  • Comedy-drama ‘Tribes’ communicates dysfunction of British-Jewish family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2013 | 4:24 am

    The tribes in Nina Raine’s comedy-drama “Tribes,” now at the Mark Taper Forum, are Jewish, literati and deaf — all as perceived through the lens of one garrulous, even antagonistic British-Jewish family.

    The patriarch of this argumentative clan is Christopher, an elitist,...

  • Rothko’s passion, tragedy galvanize Molina’s portrayal in ‘Red’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    John Logan’s two-person play, “Red,” which spotlights the legendary Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, is set a decade before the notoriously prickly painter committed suicide in 1970. The drama, which opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Aug. 12, begins as Rothko (Alfred Molina)...

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  • Rothko’s passion, tragedy galvanize Molina’s portrayal in ‘Red’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    John Logan’s two-person play, “Red,” which spotlights the legendary Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, is set a decade before the notoriously prickly painter committed suicide in 1970. The drama, which opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Aug. 12, begins as Rothko (Alfred Molina)...

  • Starring in ‘Godot’ ... and Remembering Beckett

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    In his art-filled Brentwood living room, actor Alan Mandell approached a bookcase filled with volumes on the late existential playwright Samuel Beckett, reverently pulling a file from a shelf. Inside was a rare treasure:  a copy of the script Beckett gave the now 84-year-old Mandell...

  • Downtown’s Jewish L.A.ndmarks

    August 9, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    “When I came, Los Angeles was a sleepy, ambitionless adobe village with very little promise for the future. The messenger of Optimism was deemed a dreamer; but time has more than realized the fantasies of those village oracles, and what they said would some day come to pass in Los...

  • ‘Parade’ Takes a Second Turn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2009 | 12:28 am

    When the Donmar Warehouse production of “Parade” opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Oct. 4, starring T.R. Knight, it will mark the musical’s triumphant return to this country since a disastrous original version failed on Broadway more than a decade ago.

    High hopes accompanied...

  • Will ‘13’ Be Lucky?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In Jason Robert Brown's new rock musical, "13," the 13-year-old characters stand in a semicircle, staring bewilderedly at scraps of parchment.

    The teenagers in this show, which has its world premiere Jan. 7 at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, are non-Jewish students at a middle...

  • Mamet Serves Feast of Foul Language

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When actor Steven Goldstein started reading David Mamet's new play, "Romance," he was thrown by the relentlessly foul language.

    "I read it, and I thought, 'Ohmygod,'" said the actor who plays the role of a defendant in a court case. "At first, I didn't know what to make of it. I...

  • ‘Lolita’ Revisited

    By Diane Arieff

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" has come to the Mark Taper Forum, and one wonders if it has lost something in its trip across country. Despite an arresting performance by Brian Kerwin, its male lead, this Los Angeles production doesn't live up to the high expectations that...
  • Updating the Marx Brothers

    By Tom Tugend

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Michael Preston, Paul Magid and Howard JayPatterson of The Flying Karamazov Brothers.
    As a reward to all of us lowbrows for sitting through any numberof very serious, avant-garde dramas and trying to figure out thepsychological motivations of the characters, the Mark...

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