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  • All I Needed to Know, I Learned in Rock Climbing.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 24, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Watching my kids enjoy indoor rock climbing, I realized a few lessons that paralleled Robert Fulghum’s famous sermon.  Typically, how we play is how we see life.

    1- There is no competition; everyone is rooting for you to get to the top.

    2- Everyone is a student and a teacher;...

  • The ‘Train to Zakopane’ and anti-Semitism

    November 24, 2014 | 11:54 am

    What is it about travel that gets us to reveal ourselves to strangers? Is it that no one knows who we are and we can play with our identity?

    In Henry Jaglom’s new play, “Train to Zakopane: A True Story of Hate and Love,” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the playwright explores...

  • Confederate Jews, ‘Asher Lev’ enliven L.A. stages

    By Tom Tugend

    February 12, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Just when you thought Jewish theater in Los Angeles was comatose, two plays, “The Whipping Man” and “My Name Is Asher Lev” are on the boards this month.

    The West Coast Jewish Theatre’s current Los Angeles premiere of “Whipping Man” is set in an unexpected milieu, the American...

  • Peter Mark Richman: Actor, painter, writer explores love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Peter Mark Richman was instantly recognizable when he opened the door of his Woodland Hills home for an interview on a recent sunny morning: As one of the most successful character actors in Hollywood over the past six decades, his face has been part and parcel of the popular...

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  • Neil Simon’s ‘Sunshine Boys’: Can he still make us laugh?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    Neil Simon is a close runner-up to William Shakespeare when counting the number of plays turned into movies. But can the works by the Jewish lad from the Bronx prove as durable as the prolific output of the Bard of Avon?

    Since, even with a lengthening lifespan, none of us is...

  • Will ‘Rappaport’ be Jewish Theatre’s last show?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 29, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    Nat (an old New York Jewish guy): Hey, Rappaport! I haven’t seen you in ages. How have you been?

    Midge (an old New York black guy):  I’m not Rappaport.

    Nat: Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short, fat guy, and now you’re a tall, skinny guy.

    Midge: I’m not...

  • The mishegoss of mom, shmaltz-free

    May 8, 2013 | 12:49 pm

    Anybody who has trod the boards knows that little blitz of stage fright that can flood through an actor when a member of the family is in the audience.

    Jane Press, author and star of the play “My Mother’s Keeper,” has long since dispensed with any such anticipation. Her mother,...

  • 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,...

  • The comedy of being Jewish

    January 30, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    The 1960s spawned a plethora of comedy albums, among them a hugely successful satire of the Kennedy White House, called “The First Family,” written and produced by Bob Booker, who went on to write and produce for television, working with some of the most famous names in the...

  • Play reveals naked truth behind ‘Deep Throat’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Herschel Savage, the skin-flick actor best known for his appearance in “Debbie Does Dallas,” was perched beside a bare mattress on the floor of the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, preparing to rehearse a scene from “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal” in which he plays a director. The...

  • Dec. 15-21

    By Ryan Torok

    December 12, 2012 | 10:06 am

    SAT DEC 15

    “Voices and Visions” 

    Connecting Jewish thought, art and people, this exhibition at the Skirball features artworks that pair contemporary Jewish artists with past and present Jewish thinkers, including Hillel, Maimonides and Susan Sontag. The project aims to inspire...

  • The Winding Road to ‘Other Desert Cities’

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 21, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    In Hollywood, the logline for this story would be: A playwright who has outwitted his demons to find balance in his life, has, after a devastating TV experience, returned to the stage with a play whose plot twist is as transformative to its actors, and to the audience’s assumptions...

  • Surviving a Survivor

    October 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    It’s an age-old, common dilemma faced by adult children of aging parents: What is the right thing to do when those parents begin to lose their faculties? That theme is at the heart of “Surviving Mama,” by playwright Sonia Levitin, which opens Oct. 12 at the Edgemar Center for the...

  • ‘Jewtopia’s’ universal truths

    September 27, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    David Katz knew minutes into watching Bryan Fogel’s “Jewtopia,” a star-studded independent film adapted from the hit comedic play about interfaith dating, that it would anchor his Malibu International Film Festival. Unfortunately, Katz had his epiphany at 3 a.m.

    “It was so...

  • Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    Early in Theresa Rebeck’s comic play, “Seminar,” four aspiring writers cower in an Upper West Side New York apartment as Leonard (Jeff Goldblum), their imperious creative writing teacher, scans just one page of a short story before lambasting its author. The short story’s heroine,...

  • A playwright’s work wrestles with doing the right thing

    August 29, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    The situation created by writer David Gow in his two-character play, “Cherry Docs,” is virtually guaranteed to produce explosive drama. A skinhead facing trial for a racially motivated murder is being defended by a Jewish publicly appointed attorney. The cherry docs of the title...

  • To Kaplan brothers, ‘Silence’ is golden

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Remember Jonathan Demme’s 1991 classic horror flick “Silence of the Lambs,” where rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) turns to incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to help her catch another killer, this one named Buffalo Bill? Bill, as you may...

  • Shlomo Carlebach’s life comes to the stage in ‘Soul Doctor’

    August 14, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    As he researched the complex life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for a new musical, playwright Daniel Wise found a surprisingly candid source.

    Neshama Carlebach, a successful recording artist and popular performer of her father’s compositions, openly revealed his many struggles as...

  • August 11-17, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 8, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    SAT | AUG 11

    NEIL DIAMOND
    The Grammy-winning pop-rock icon played a series of sold-out shows at the Greek in the summer of 1972, which led to the multiplatinum double live album, “Hot August Night.” Forty years later, Diamond returns to the Greek stage to celebrate the anniversary...

  • 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)...

  • 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)...

  • 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...

  • Jesse Eisenberg writes Holocaust-themed play

    July 3, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Actor Jesse Eisenberg has written a play revolving around the Holocaust.

    The play, called “The Revisionist,” will open at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre, off Broadway, in 2013, according to the Times of Israel.

    Eisenberg, who portrayed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in...

  • ‘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...

  • From “Immigrant” to American

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    There is no more archetypical American story than that of the greenhorn immigrant, who first ekes out a living by the sweat of his brow, works his way up and kvells as his children and grandchildren become 100 percent American doctors or lawyers – or writers.

    Such is the story of...

  • Culture with a side of popcorn

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 11, 2012 | 11:45 am

    When the hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” comes to Broadway this spring, I’ll be able to say I saw the London production. I also saw the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Don Giovanni” with the Polish tenor Mariusz Kwiecien. As for bragging rights, it’s hard to...

  • 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...

  • In bed with Roy Cohn

    February 23, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The notorious attorney Roy Cohn (Barry Pearl), onetime counsel for Sen. Joseph McCarthy, deals with his demons in Joan Beber’s surreal play, “Hunger: In Bed With Roy Cohn,” currently running at the Odyssey Theatre. Beber, who is having her first production in Los Angeles at age...

  • No laughs for ‘Funny Girl’

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    That old trooper Fanny Brice would have blown her top at the news that the revival of “Funny Girl,” based on her life, has been cancelled.

    Previews of the show were scheduled to start Jan. 15 at the Ahmanson Theatre, followed by a Broadway run in April.

    New York producers of...

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