September 19, 2013 |
The late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers will rise again in Los Angeles when Bette Midler reprises her recent Broadway starring role in "I'll Eat You Last" at the Geffen Playhouse. The production is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Geffen with an opening set for Dec. 5. "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," written by the prolific John Logan, is a solo show in which Midler incarnates the colorful Hollywood agent as she holds court in her Beverly Hills home. Mengers, who died in 2011, was an agent to some of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s, including Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Faye Dunaway. The play opened at the Booth Theatre in New York in late April and ran for two months.
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.
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.
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.