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Confessions of a foodaholic

by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

June 26, 2013 | 5:26 pm

Partners in life and work, Joe Bologna and Renée Taylor.

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 Drescher’s mother, Sylvia Fine, on the... read full article

  • 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 B’Omer featuring numerous celebrities.

    The Sunday afternoon performance at the Hollywood Boulevard synagogue included such...

  • 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.

    Jane Press, author and star of the play “My Mother’s Keeper,” has long since dispensed with any such anticipation. Her mother,...

  • 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 subject of a new play, “Billy & Ray,” opening April 5 at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Burbank. 

    Playwright Mike Bencivenga said...

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  • 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: The Musical,” currently running at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. 

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

  • Theater à la Second Avenue

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    February 27, 2013 | 7:08 am

    With the revival of his musical about a Jewish cabaret comedian, writer-director Pavel Cerny feels he is giving the current generation of Los Angeles audiences a taste, in English, of the kind of Yiddish theater that flourished a century ago on Second Avenue in New York. 

    The...

  • Rescuing Jewish Musicians

    by Kirk Silsbee, Contributing Writer

    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...

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

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    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...

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