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  • 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...

  • At home, on stage and screen

    by Evan Henderson

    March 15, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Somewhere in Creede, Colo., en route to a mountain cabin in Santa Fe, N.M., Mandy Patinkin is above 10,000 feet. “If I sound stupid, it’s because there’s no oxygen up here,” he says.

    No chance of that. In fact, Patinkin — a legitimate star of stage, screen and song for...

  • In bed with Roy Cohn

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    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...

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  • Jewish theater: From Yiddish to multiculturalism

    by Iris Mann

    February 1, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    What defines “Jewish” theater?  David Chack, a playwright and president of the Association for Jewish Theatre, promises that question will be among the subjects examined at the association’s upcoming conference, Feb. 5-8 at the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at...

  • Theater as deception

    by Iris Mann

    October 5, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    “The theatre has the power to both reveal the truth and hide the truth,” according to Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga, whose internationally acclaimed work, “Way to Heaven,” is currently being presented by the Odyssey Theatre.

    The script, translated by David Johnston, is...

  • Elfman circles back to the circus

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    September 7, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Danny Elfman is a huge success, but he doesn’t want you to know it.  Humility is a hard thing to hang your hat on when you’ve accumulated four Academy Award nominations, taken home a Grammy, and an Emmy and written some of the most popular theme music of all time, notably for “The...

  • Two Yiddishe Boys and a Bissel of Berlin

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2011 | 9:20 am

    About a dozen years ago, actor Mike Burstyn auditioned in New York for the role of Al Jolson in the national touring company of the musical “Jolson.” While waiting for a decision, he flew home to Los Angeles and on landing at LAX decided to stop by the nearby Hillside Memorial...

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