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Safdie weighs challenges of making art from ashes

by Iris Mann

April 30, 2014 | 10:47 am

Daniel J. Travanti and Amanda Saunders rehearse a scene from “False Solution” at Santa Monica Playhouse. Photo by Oren Safdie

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

That’s one of the questions playwright-director Oren Safdie asks... read full article

  • ‘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”...

  • 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...

  • Confessions of a foodaholic

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    June 26, 2013 | 5:26 pm

    Renée Taylor’s been on a diet since World War II, and, no, that’s not a misprint. The octogenarian actress, known to many for her role as Fran...

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  • The ‘light’-er side of Temple Israel of Hollywood

    by Jared Sichel, Staff Writer

    May 8, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) lived up to its name on April 28 when it threw a free biblically themed matinee musical, “Let There Be Light,” on Lag...

  • The mishegoss of mom, shmaltz-free

    by Evan Henerson, Contributing Writer

    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.

    ...
  • Contentious collaboration

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    March 20, 2013 | 7:15 am

    The contentious, often hilarious, collaboration between legendary screenwriter-director Billy Wilder and mystery novelist Raymond Chandler is the...

  • Humor thrives in ‘Divorce Party: The Musical’

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    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:...

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