February 5, 2014 |
Forced to jettison a master of disquieting stage menace, Harold Pinter, when its revival of “The Birthday Party” broke an axle or two during rehearsals last month, the Geffen Playhouse is filling the hole in its season with “Reasons to Be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, another playwright whose hallmark is confronting audiences with some of humanity's darker habits and impulses. Running July 29 to Aug. 31 on the Geffen's main stage, the Gil Cates Theater, it will be the sixth LaBute drama that the company has staged since 2007 -- the most recent being last year's adaptation of August Strindberg's “Miss Julie,” transplanted to 1920s Long Island.
September 27, 2012 |
The Geffen Playhouse and the La Jolla Playhouse are reaching out to military families as part of a new, nationwide program offering discounted or complimentary tickets to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. Blue Star Theatres is a nationwide program that officially will be launched Friday. The program is organized by Theatre Communications Group, the nonprofit organization that promotes theater around the country, and Blue Star Families, a support organization for military families.
February 1, 2013 |
Lily Rabe, who has earned acclaim for her New York stage performances and whose Hollywood cachet has risen thanks to the popularity of the FX series "American Horror Story," will star in a new adaptation of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" at the Geffen Playhouse. "Miss Julie" is scheduled to open May 1 and will have a limited run through June 2. The classic 19th century play has been adapted by Neil LaBute and will be directed by Jo Bonney. Rabe will play Strindberg's heroine, the daughter of a wealthy aristocratic type.
June 6, 2012 |
From on stage at "Backstage at the Geffen," the annual gala for the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, host Jane Lynch of "Glee" said she had participated in the theater's previous fundraisers, alongside such stars as Annette Bening, Alfre Woodard, Julie Andrews and others. "But now I'm the clearly most famous person in the room," Lynch said, sliding into the personality of her "Glee" alter-ego, Sue Sylvester. In truth, the Geffen had quite a lineup of A-list stars for Monday's event, which broke the theater's fundraising record by raking in $1 million from silent auction sales, sponsorships and tickets, which sold for $350 and up. On hand to make presentations, provide musical entertainment and regale the audience with behind-the-scene tales of theatrical life were actors Bening, Helen Mirren, Andy Garcia, Warren Beatty, Dick Van Dyke, Matthew Morrison, Dana Delany, Joe Mantegna and Beth Behrs, jazz great Arturo Sandoval, singer Monica Mancini, and Bruce Vilanch, the 17-time writer for the Academy Awards telecasts.
August 11, 1996
Westwood Village is no doubt one of Los Angeles' most cherished neighborhoods and the recent revitalization effort is a most welcome endeavor. I was pleased The Times took notice of these recent changes ("Westwood, the Sequel," Aug. 4), but was perplexed as to the article's failure to mention one of the most visible signs of Westwood's renaissance, namely the Geffen Playhouse. The Geffen Playhouse was purchased by UCLA in 1993 and renamed in recognition of a $5-million donation from the Geffen Foundation.
December 16, 2010
True to its name, the musical revue "Broadway Holiday" celebrates show tunes and seasonal cheer. Musical director Neil Berg will be joined by a three-piece band and a talented lineup of Broadway alumni to perform favorite songs from "My Fair Lady," "West Side Story," "Wicked" and others, as well as a selection of holiday tunes. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun. $65 to $75. (310) 208-5454. http://www.geffenplayhouse.