November 12, 2012 |
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
September 11, 2012 |
The nominations for the 2011-2012 Ovation Awards were announced Tuesday evening. Leading the way were Center Theatre Group with 29 nominations, followed by the Celebration Theatre and Musical Theatre West, with 16 nominations each. Productions that received the most nominations included the Celebration's staging of the musical " The Color Purple " with 13 nominations; Danai Gurira's new play " The Convert ," at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with 11; David Lindsay-Abaire's " Good People ," at the Geffen Playhouse, with eight; and the revival of Samuel Beckett's " Waiting for Godot ," at the Mark Taper Forum, also with eight.
July 31, 2012 |
Citing a "scheduling conflict," Center Theatre Group has announced that Joe Mantello will no longer direct its upcoming production of "Other Desert Cities," which was nominated for five Tony awards during its recent Broadway run under Mantello's direction. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, "Other Desert Cities" will now be directed by Robert Egan, who was producing director at the Taper for 20 seasons before his departure in 2003, and directed its New Work Festival. Egan is currently artistic director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
June 7, 2012 |
John Hurt performing Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" will be among the highlights of the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Thursday by Center Theatre Group. The season will feature a total of five main productions, including the world premiere of the plays “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez and "The Nether" by Jennifer Haley. Opening the season will be "Elephant Room" (Aug. 22 to Sept. 16), an ensemble piece that will make its West Coast premiere.
March 22, 2012
"Waiting for Godot" is perhaps the best example of a great work of art where absolutely nothing happens. Beckett's masterwork is exactly what it sounds like — two guys waiting for Godot. But over its tragicomic dialogue they unpack some of the deepest mysteries of life. Presented by the Center Theatre Group. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Prices vary. Through April 22. Centertheatregroup.org.
February 4, 2012 |
The cheering Thursday night at the Mark Taper Forum began backstage, half an hour before the house lights went down for Act 1 of "Clybourne Park. " That's when Jordan Roth, head of the company that owns Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, phoned the cast members to assure them that they'll still have jobs after Feb. 26, when the show will end its L.A. run. The withdrawal of a key producer earlier this week had threatened to abort the Taper production's transfer...