July 22, 2008
Bart DeLorenzo: The Personal File column with director and producer Bart DeLorenzo in Sunday's Arts & Music section said that for a guilty pleasure, he checked out d-list.com every morning. The correct website is dlisted.com.
April 24, 2013 |
What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life - but couldn't remember it? Sharr White's remarkable two-person play, “Annapurna,” now at the Odyssey, deals with just that dilemma, as well as other imponderables such as the vagaries of love and the philosophical clarity of impending death. From White's poignant script to Bart DeLorenzo's faultless direction to Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's beautifully centered performances, “Annapurna” is a lovely theatrical construct from the ground up. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The production's slice-of-life specificity begins with Thomas A. Walsh's scenic design, a squalid trailer in the Colorado foothills bespeaking hopelessness in every filthy detail. The magnificent Rockies, looming just outside, stand in ironic counterpoint to this “purgatory,” a sort of sick animal's burrow where once-celebrated poet Ulysses (Offerman)
December 21, 1997
I appreciated Don Shirley's column in which he shed some light on the reasons for the Evidence Room's lease termination at the hands of Culver City landlords and art patrons Frederick and Laurie Smith (Theater Notes, Dec. 14). The Evidence Room built a theater from scratch in an undeveloped area in a run-down building, played to full houses and balanced its books within three years. In Shirley's column, the Smiths complain about our work, our audiences and our board, three subjects that they don't know anything about.
June 3, 2004 |
Hard Times, Dickens' shortest and arguably most humorless work is a hard nut to crack. Intrinsically didactic and self-righteous in tone, the piece tackles the shortcomings of the social utilitarianism prevalent in its day, as well as the evils of the Industrial Revolution and the inequities of the era's harsh divorce laws.
September 29, 2005
Writer, satirist, public radio commentator and performer Sandra Tsing Loh, whose off-Broadway solo shows have included "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" and "Aliens," premieres her newest solo show. In "Mother on Fire," directed by David Schweizer with Bart DeLorenzo, Loh draws on her adventures in parenting to explore motherhood amid the chaos of an inflated housing market, peanut allergies and the chain-link-fenced world of public schools. Loh is donating her proceeds to public schools.
December 3, 2012 |
Christmas obviously isn't for everyone, but it's pretty hard to avoid even if your plan for the 25th involves Chinese food and a movie. Stores break out the decorations right after Halloween, and as for the theater, it's wall to wall productions of "A Christmas Carol" as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are finished. It's enough to put even a Noel-loving drama critic in a "Bah, humbug!" mood. Fortunately, two notable alternatives to the standard holiday fare have arrived to spice up the season: The Second City's "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!"