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It's not like his whole world is the stage

October 15, 2006

Michael Michetti, co-artistic director of Pasadena's Theater@Boston Court, is one of L.A.'s busiest -- and most eclectic -- directors.

He began his tenure at Boston Court in 2003 by setting "Romeo and Juliet" in 1836 antebellum New Orleans. His staging there of "Pera Palas," Sinan Unel's epic exploration of Turkey's Western and Islamic influences presented with Antaeus Company, was a multiple 2006 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award winner. Michetti will revisit Shakespeare when he directs "As You Like It" at A Noise Within in Glendale, opening Oct. 28.

He gave Lynne Heffley a glimpse of his pop-culture consumption.

TiVo PICKS

Don't have TiVo, but I've been using On Demand to catch up on the final season of "Six Feet Under."

ON THE iPOD

What's an iPod? (Can you tell I'm an electronics dinosaur?) How about CDs? "les parapluies de cherbourg" soundtrack, Eric Whitacre: "Cloudburst" and other choral works, Audra McDonald: "How Glory Goes."

FOR THE COMMUTE

Stephanie Miller on KTLK-AM (1150), "All Things Considered" on KCRW-FM (89.9), Mr. KABC on KABC-AM (790).

IN THE NETFLIX QUEUE

"Munich," "End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones," "Nights of Cabiria," "The Station Agent."

BEDSTAND READING

"Stonewall" by Martin Duberman, "American Theatre"

magazine, collected plays of Feydeau.

INTERNET FAVORITES

americantheaterweb.com EBay.com.

CULTURAL ADDICTION

L.A.'s eclectic theater scene, the Internet.

GUILTY PLEASURE

"Project Runway," Trader Joe's chocolate-covered espresso beans.

SECRET WEAPON FOR NAVIGATING THE CULTURE

Gratitude. We have a culture of consumption that tells us we need to buy things or do things or become someone different for our happiness, and it's a very seductive trap. Remembering to be grateful allows me to appreciate what I already have and avoid that trap.

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