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May 30, 2013 | By Robert Abele
It was only a matter of time before the green-card marriage immigration scheme and the marriage equality issue merged in one well-meaning romantic comedy. That film is "I Do," a sweet, sincere, yet ultimately tepid story about Jack (David W. Ross, who wrote and produced) - a gay, single, unassuming Brit who's lived in New York so long that when his visa suddenly isn't renewed, the prospect of returning to England feels like moving to a foreign country. (Among other firm U.S. roots, he's been helping his brother's widow - played by Alicia Witt - raise his nephew.)
October 11, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It may simply be a matter of extreme self-correction, but as women's roles on television finally grow a bit more diverse and less stereotypical, men are increasingly squeezed into a few narrow boxes: child-man, anguished hero and monster. The "Twilight"-inspired obsession with ravening predators and the women who love them grows more unsettling with every passing year - the thrill of surrendering one's heart to a man who must continually fight his rage-filled blood-thirst is far too close to the pattern of domestic abuse for comfort, even if the man in question is a glittering vampire or the regretful product of a military experiment gone wrong.
January 20, 2008
"Romeo and Juliet" William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet meet at a big party. The moment Romeo sees Juliet he falls completely in love. There is only one problem. Romeo and Juliet's families hate each other. One day, Romeo asks Juliet to marry him. She says, "Yes!" But that same day, Juliet's cousin Tybalt wants to fight Romeo. Romeo does not want to fight. But Romeo's friend Mercutio fights Tybalt and dies. In a rage, Romeo kills Tybalt. Read the book to see how Juliet reacts.
April 1, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
If love is in the air this spring, there is no better place to find it than looking up at the night sky. In Roman mythology, Orion was a handsome hunter who was loved by Diana, goddess of the hunt, and Aurora, goddess of the dawn. Oblivious to their affections, Orion wanders across the sky at night until he sets in the west. Made teary-eyed by his inattention, Aurora weeps each night, which becomes the dew on the morning grass.
December 14, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I've gotten so used to seeing Alan Cumming as high-end attorney Eli Gold, fighting cerebral battles for a compromised politician on CBS' "The Good Wife," that he's almost unrecognizable as the vamping drag queen in "Any Day Now. " Cumming's chameleon quality serves him well in this intimate family drama. It centers on rough-around-the-edges Rudy, who barely covers the rent performing in a 1970s-era gay bar and finds himself unexpectedly in love and in a custody battle over a special-needs child.
January 20, 2010 | By Elaine Woo
Erich Segal, a Yale University classics professor whose first novel, the weepy "Love Story," became a pop-culture phenomenon, selling more than 20 million copies in three dozen languages and spawning an iconic catchphrase of the 1970s, died Sunday in London. He was 72. Segal had Parkinson's disease and died of a heart attack, his daughter, Francesca Segal, told the Associated Press. "What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?" Segal wrote in the first line of the 1970 novel about star-crossed lovers, played in the blockbuster 1970 movie by Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal.
September 25, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
WOODSIDE, Utah - Roy Pogue has loved a lot of things in his 63 years - like his wife, Chris, and her little Daffy Duck tattoo, not to mention the couple's six children. Yet few things have made his heart go flip-flop more than a dry-gulch piece of land out in the middle of Utah's nowhere. Sometimes, love truly is blind. A lot of words describe Pogue's backside-of-beyond parcel, where rust rules and the thermometers have all surrendered to the cold and the heat. One of those words is Godforsaken.
Stephen Metcalfe's "Strange Snow" premiered 17 years ago, but the Vietnam War, which the drama deals with like some bad, nagging dream, feels even more remote. Director Emilio Borelli's revival at the Gene Bua Acting for Life Theatre lessens that remoteness somewhat with a different emphasis and a sensitively cast and paced staging, but the play's old-fashioned dramatics make it feel of another time and place.
March 19, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Cormac is a law-school-bound young man living in a cramped apartment in New York's West Village with his financially strapped mother. Iris is a blogger, working from home in Queens, who hires "Mac" to spiff up her website. The love story that develops between them in Ken LaZebnik's drama "On the Spectrum," now at the Fountain Theatre, would be traditional to a fault were it not for a salient difference: Mac and Iris are characters with autism. Mac has Asperger's syndrome and lives a fairly mainstream life with help from his mother, who is there to nudge him when he gets stuck in one of his obsessive loops.
January 21, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
As John Banach's "Naked Dancing" (opening this weekend at the Colony Studio Theatre in Silver Lake) begins, Annie hasn't been out of the house in five years. Now her parents have decided to cure her agoraphobia by forcing her out. They've taken her food, pulled the fuses, disconnected the phone. Annie has just spent three days in darkness, without food. Now Frank--who pretends to be someone he's not--shows up. . . .
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