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Two literary giants, a lawsuit and Dick Cavett

by Iris Mann

2 days ago

Marcia Rodd and Dick Cavett in “Hellman v. McCarthy.” Photo by Kim T. Sharp

It was the talk of the literary and legal worlds in the early 1980s. Noted playwright Lillian Hellman (“The Little Foxes,” “Another Part of the Forest” and numerous others), sued literary... read full article

  • Anne Frank oratorio at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

    by Jonathan Maseng

    1 week ago

    The Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles — which is mostly Latino, Black and Asian — might seem an odd place to find a cultural experience with Jewish overtones. But this week, the public school’s students will be raising their voices in...

  • Finding love out of the closet: “The Book of Oded: Chapter 2”

    by Iris Mann

    3 weeks ago

    The coming-out odyssey of a former Israeli serviceman and the life-altering relationship he shared with Gil, his now-deceased gay lover, form the crux of the new solo play “The Book of Oded: Chapter 2,” currently running at the Working Stage Theater.

    The narrative, which moves...

  • Theater as addiction therapy in ‘Bliss Point’

    by Iris Mann

    June 18, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The healing power of theater underlies the collaboration between the Cornerstone Theater Company and rehabilitation centers around the city, which resulted in the company’s production of “Bliss Point,” a play about addiction and recovery, through June 22 at the Odyssey Theatre in...

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  • Fusing ritual and theater

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 28, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    In Encino, seven actors move across the scuffed hardwood floor of a gymnasium. It’s after 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and this is only the third rehearsal for the play “Tefillah or Prayer: A Transition.”

    Paul Vroom, a middle-aged actor sporting camouflage shorts and a goatee,...

  • Safdie weighs challenges of making art from ashes

    by Iris Mann

    April 30, 2014 | 10:47 am

    "Can you express the Holocaust in the form of original art?” 

    That’s one of the questions playwright-director Oren Safdie asks in his work, “False Solution,” about a famous architect who has won a competition to design a Holocaust museum in Poland. The play premiered last summer...

  • ‘Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

    by Jonathan Maseng

    April 17, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish “Harmony” from the Center Theatre Group’s biggest venue, and the arrival of a decidedly more classic production, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and...

  • Dybbuk debuts ‘Darkness and Light’

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    August 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    It’s well past 10 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and the halls of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) are filled with the sounds of creativity. In one room of the Encino Conservative congregation, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony winds down its rehearsal, packing up instruments as its musicians...

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