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June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn an ironic twist that Bertolt Brecht would have appreciated, his legendary Berliner Ensemble will make its American debut at UCLA July 7 to 11, and then lower the curtain permanently.
May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmA 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...
March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm"King Levine," a two-act comedy at the Odyssey Theatre, is propelled by a fairly ingenious concept. Playwright Richard Krevolin has transformed Shakespeare's King Lear into an elderly, self-made business tycoon, who reigns supreme as the frozen-bialy monarch of America.
February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm
Playwright Paula Vogel grew up in suburban Maryland, where the country clubs did not accept her Jewish father. She endured genteel but unmistaken anti-Semitism at Bryn Mawr.
"Because I am a Jew and a woman, I understand marginalization," says Vogel, author of the Pulitzer...
February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm
When David Mamet, the son of brilliant but emotionally abusive parents, was growing up in Chicago, his mother told him, according to The New Yorker profile of the playwright, "I love you, but I don't like you."
The devastating line recurs in "The Cryptogram," and to understand the...
November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pmIt is hard to believe that "The Cripple of Inishman" was written only a few years ago by a contemporary Irish playwright, Martin McDonough. The play, which has just opened the Geffen's new season looks, feels and sounds like something Lennox Robinson or Lady Gregory might have dashed...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pmPulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, 61, is a Southern Jew who defines himelf as someone who grew up in a community of genteel Southern Jews who wished they were Episcopalian.
It is a wry, almost mocking description that perhaps befits the author of "Driving Miss Daisy,"...
June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm
No matter how impressive Nathan the Critic ever becomes, he is constantly subverted by Nathan the Dandy, the man who is more concerned with witty badinage and flip cynicism than he is hard, critical reasoning.
George Jean Nathan: A True Critic...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pmI first went wild over "Salah" in 1964. More than three decades later, I couldn't help wondering whether the Israeli movie would still exert its charm and humor.
Not to worry. "Salah," which launched a young Haim Topol on his international screen and stage career and was the first...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance
By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer
If you missed Athol Fugard's "Valley Song" at the Taper, here's a chance to see two plays by the pre-eminent South African playwright at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.
(The plays are reprises of...
May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Matt Gottlieb as Noriega and Max Wright as the archbishop in "The General & the Archbishop."
'The General & the Archbishop'
Donald Freed is a rarity among playwrights: He is primarily an ideologue who, instead of producing documentary films or constructing journalistic accounts of the...