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Contentious collaboration

by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2013 | 7:15 am

Author and screenwriter Raymond Chandler with film director Billy Wilder on the set of 1944’s “Double Indemnity.” Courtesy of the Raymond Chandler Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA

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,”... read full article

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    by Jonathan Maseng

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • ‘Oy’ bring the past to the present at Culver City’s Actors’ Gang

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    July 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    For Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, who founded Actors’ Gang and serves as its artistic director, presenting plays that are relevant to our time is paramount for the company. To that end, the Culver City-based theater’s current offering is the U.S. premiere of “Oy,”...

  • Loss, survival — cue the music

    by Iris Mann, Contributing Writer

    April 11, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    “When I told my son I was going to write a musical about the Holocaust,” playwright and Holocaust survivor Lucy Deutsch recalled, “he raised both arms and screamed, ‘Mother, how can you do that? Those two words don’t belong together!’

    “I answered, ‘Yes they do, if...

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