August 29, 2008 |
Every American war, Gen. Henry Shelton once observed, must pass the "Dover test": the public's ability to tolerate the sight of slain servicemen and women arriving at Dover Air Force Base in flag-draped caskets. Since 1991, however, the Pentagon has banned press photography at the base, essentially rendering the human cost of the Iraq war -- at least the American side of the tab -- invisible. War casualties as an image problem are the conundrum in "Bury the Dead," Irwin Shaw's righteous, funny and painfully relevant 1936 one-act now playing at the Actors’ Gang.
March 3, 2008 |
The voice comes out of the dark to find you. "Doomed. Doomed. Doooomed." Dr. Rev. Cotton Slocum has seen The End, and you shall burn in everlasting fire unless you heed his word. Lights up, and he's here among us: frozen wave of a pompadour, powder blue suit, vowels thick as Texas ribs, offering toll-free salvation and an unforgettable act of theater, courtesy of V.J. Foster, now starring in "Carnage, A Comedy," at the Actors’ Gang. "You look out at the audience," he says. "What's the feeling in the house?
October 12, 2009 |
Tim Robbins jokes that he could've given the title "While Rome Burns" to his new festival at the Actors' Gang. Times are tough, people are angry, "and they have every right to be," says the Oscar-winning actor and artistic director of the Culver City-based theater company. "There've been really bad decisions made that we're paying the bill for now." Like most cultural entities, the Gang, one of L.A.'s most accomplished theatrical institutions, has been scorched financially by the economic crisis.
October 21, 2001
While it is true that the opinion piece or commentary may be traditions for newspapers of all sizes, I found it very odd to open my newspaper last Sunday and find Tim Robbins' personal commentary on the Actors' Gang virtually unmarked as such (First Person, "A Long-Overdue Risk," Oct. 14). I also found it extremely odd that the Los Angeles Times would choose to utilize its quite premium space in Sunday Calendar for a highly subjective "point" with no "counterpoint." The very contentious and difficult situation that has occurred and continues to occur at the Actors' Gang since January is extraordinarily complicated.
August 5, 2010 |
Punk rock. Families sprawling on blankets. Shakespeare. It's just another day in the park for the Actors' Gang. The Culver City-based theater troupe is performing "Katie the Curst," a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," through August at Media Park . Director Lisa Wolpe's lively interpretation gives Shakespeare's Padua a 1970s-inspired rock 'n' roll makeover and keeps the excitement high with energetic...
July 11, 2004 |
"The Actors' Gang storms London," declared Keythe Farley, one of the co-writers of "Bat Boy," an Actors' Gang-developed musical about a half- human mutant that will open in the West End on Sept. 8. Also in September, the Hollywood-based Gang hopes to mount a London production of "Embedded," Tim Robbins' barbed look at the Iraq war and its media coverage. "Bat Boy" began with a 1997 production in the Gang's smaller Hollywood space, where the budget was about $12,000 and the seats numbered 41.