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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 in his work, “False Solution,” about a famous architect who... 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” 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...

  • 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 Drescher’s mother, Sylvia Fine, on the popular sitcom “The Nanny,” and for playing characters like Eva Braun in the original 1967 film “The...

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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 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...

  • 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...

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