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  • 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...

  • Coming of age in midlife

    September 11, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    The main character in the play “The Bells of West 87th” undergoes what could be considered a coming-of-age crisis, albeit much later in life than is usual. Mollie Fein (Cameron Meyer) is awkward, unmarried, unfashionable, approaching 40 and trapped in the midst of her hilariously...

  • Aug. 17-22

    By Laura Donney

    August 14, 2013 | 3:34 pm

    SAT | AUG 17

    NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY

    With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, let us pay tribute to the busy bees that have long contributed to our delicious New Year’s tradition. HoneyLove, an urban beekeeper group, celebrates honeybees with the 2013 theme “Beekeeping — Ask...

  • 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,...

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  • Contentious collaboration

    March 20, 2013 | 7:15 am

    The contentious, often hilarious, collaboration between legendary screenwriter-director Billy Wilder and mystery novelist Raymond Chandler is the subject of a new play, “Billy & Ray,” opening April 5 at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Burbank. 

    Playwright Mike Bencivenga said...

  • Humor thrives in ‘Divorce Party: The Musical’

    March 13, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Divorce can be a devastating experience, but one can get through it, survive and even thrive, according to Amy Botwinick, co-author of “Divorce Party: The Musical,” currently running at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. 

    The story centers on Linda (Janna Cardia), whose...

  • 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,...

  • New play, “Therapy,” explores the the lives and fears of therapist

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2013 | 7:44 am

    Jeff Bernhardt is an author, playwright, psychotherapist and Jewish educator who directs social-action programs at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills; he is also the lead tutor for the b’nai mitzvah program at Temple Israel of Hollywood. But his new play, “Therapy” — opening March 2...

  • 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...

  • Observant life in progress

    December 5, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Barbara Heller likes to refer to herself as a “growing Jew.” 

    The actress/singer has created a biographical show, “Finding Barb,” that traces her life from her dysfunctional family in Boca Raton, Fla., through her disappointing pursuit of an acting career in New York, to her...

  • ‘Anything Goes’ is high jinks on the high seas

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Erich Bergen identifies easily with the brash, impetuous character of Billy Crocker, the romantic lead Bergen plays in Cole Porter’s insouciant 1934 musical “Anything Goes,” which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Nov. 28.  

    “I’m horrible at waiting for auditions,” the 26-year-old...

  • ‘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...

  • Rescuing Jewish Musicians

    October 24, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    When Zubin Mehta takes the stage at the Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 30 to conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), most in the audience will know that they’re hearing a world-class orchestra. Very few will realize, however, that the IPO’s founding was integral to the...

  • Oct. 27–Nov 2, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    SAT OCT 27

    “Seeds of Resiliency”

    Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in...

  • 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,...

  • Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:36 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,...

  • Theatre Dybbuk: Company invokes folklore, myth to stretch boundaries of Jewish theater

    September 10, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    When Aaron Henne decided to form a new Jewish theater company, he knew he needed to push boundaries and make bold statements to challenge the traditional image of what constitutes Jewish theater. So now, with its first major production, Henne’s aptly named Theatre Dybbuk is...

  • Fall Preview 2012: Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    FRI SEPT 14

    “THE BOOK OF MORMON”

    The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed...

  • Actor feeds off ‘Mormon’s’ racy humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2012 | 11:22 am

    "My favorite kind of comedy is so wrong that it's right," actor Jared Gertner said.

    So it's fitting that he's starring in the blessedly twisted megahit musical "The Book of Mormon," which after scoring nine Tony Awards and a reputation for almost impossible-to-snag tickets has...

  • 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...

  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • 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...

  • ‘Oy’ bring the past to the present at Culver City’s Actors’ Gang

    July 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    For Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, who founded Actors’ Gang and serves as its artistic director, presenting plays that are relevant to our time is paramount for the company. To that end, the Culver City-based theater’s current offering is the U.S. premiere of “Oy,”...

  • 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...

  • When art imitates art

    By Tom Freudenheim

    June 13, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    There’s a vast difference between history and historical fiction. I tend to prefer the latter, finding myself in awe of writers who can carry readers into a world that’s both factual and imagined. Obviously, there’s the underlying question of trust: How do we know when and...

  • 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...

  • Pro-Palestinian activists disrupt Israeli theater performance in London

    May 29, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Pro-Palestinian activists protested against an Israeli theater company’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” at the Globe Theater in London.

    Monday night’s protests of the Habima company’s production began outside the theater, where dozens stood waving Palestinian flags and...

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