April 1, 2014 |
"Snowpiercer," South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic sci-fi film set aboard a speeding train, is to open the 20th annual Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 11-19. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer" is set in a world where a failed global-warming experiment has killed off most life on the planet, and the final survivors reside aboard a train that travels around the frozen globe via a perpetual-motion engine. Incited by cryptic messages, the oppressed passengers in the rear section of the train revolt against the elites upfront.
February 14, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - A fascinating experiment is underway at San Diego's flagship theater, the Old Globe. Now under the leadership of Barry Edelstein, the theater is seeking a return to the form of its Tony-winning heyday under Jack O'Brien. Can the Globe's outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival be reshaped into a national center for the very best in American Shakespeare? That might seem like an overreaching quest, but in appointing Edelstein artistic director, the board of directors has chosen a bona fide Shakespeare expert to lead the charge.
February 5, 2014 |
One of the defining collaborations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's career was his long association with New York's Labyrinth Theater Company, which he helped to found and where he served as an artistic director for many years. A new fundraising campaign, organized in part by actor Edward Norton, was launched earlier this week in Hoffman's memory that is intended to benefit the Labyrinth. The Crowdrise campaign has so far raised nearly $12,000 for the company. "All donations made here by admirers or friends will go to support the Labyrinth in celebration of Phil's great talent, his enormous contributions and his spirit," says the campaign.
February 2, 2014 |
Unlike many A-list Hollywood stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman never left theater behind. Stage acting and directing remained a cornerstone of Hoffman's career, which encompassed the lofty heights of Broadway and the less-exalted world of small theater. After Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his New York apartment, the victim of an apparent overdose, according to police, those who worked closely with him described him as an intense stage performer who sometimes inhabited the roles he played to an extreme and troubling degree.
January 31, 2014 |
Whoever is ultimately at fault in the conflict between actor Steven Berkoff and director William Friedkin that led to the postponement of the Geffen Playhouse's much anticipated production of “The Birthday Party,” there's no denying that the botched handling of the situation was a loss for the Geffen, the artistic company and Los Angeles theater. I was looking forward to reencountering this early Pinter classic more than almost any other production this season. The last revival I saw was ages ago off-Broadway, the Classic Stage Company's astringent 1989 production with Jean Stapleton and David Strathairn.
December 19, 2013 |
Theatre Communications Group, the national organization that promotes nonprofit theater, has named Diane Rodriguez to the position of board chair. Rodriguez currently works as an associate producer and director of new play production at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Rodriguez is succeeding Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as TCG board chair. Other new board appointments include "Stick Fly" playwright Lydia Diamond as co-vice president alongside Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre.