May 20, 2010
Chris Pine, who's been a hot commodity since he starred as the young Capt. James T. Kirk in the movie "Star Trek" last year, will play an overzealous terrorist in Martin McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles. The show, which will run July 11 to Aug. 8, will be directed by Wilson Milam, who received a Tony Award nomination for his staging of the 2006 Broadway production. Besides playing a cocky young Kirk in "Star Trek," Pine's other screen credits include "Bottle Shock," "Smokin' Aces" and the upcoming Tony Scott film "Unstoppable."
April 21, 2010 |
Kevin Tighe doesn't mention "Emergency!" in his biography in the program for the Mark Taper Forum's production of the acclaimed dark comedy "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo." The 65-year-old actor originated the title role in Rajiv Joseph's audacious, Iraqi War-themed play when it premiered last year at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Currently in previews at the Taper with the original cast, the Pulitzer Prize finalist officially opens April 25 and continues through May 30. So is Tighe embarrassed over his starring role as L.A. fireman-paramedic Roy DeSoto in the 1972-77 series from producer Jack Webb that also starred Randolph Mantooth as his partner, along with singer Julie London and her husband, "Route 66" composer Bobby Troup.
February 25, 2010 |
He still gets carded at bars, says Brian Geraghty. Sure enough, the remarkably fit actor looks about a decade younger than his 34 years (not the 35 he's listed as being online): "IMDb's wrong," he says. "I tried to change it but they wouldn't let me." As a struggling writer in an unconventional romance in "Easier With Practice," he plays late 20s. He also convincingly appears as a 21-year-old veteran in the current revival of "The Subject Was Roses" at the Mark Taper Forum. And his recent turn as the least hardened of the soldiers in the Oscar-nominated "The Hurt Locker" pretty much cements the twentysomething everyman niche he's settled into.
February 22, 2010
'The Subject Was Roses' Where: Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays (call for exceptions) Price: $20 to $65 Contact: (213) 628-2772 or www.centertheatregroup.org Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
November 18, 2009 |
Class soon will be dismissed for David Mamet's "Oleanna." The Broadway premiere of his 1992 play, starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, has posted a closing notice. Producers of the intense, two-person drama about sexual politics in a university town said the play would close Jan. 3 at the John Golden Theatre. Directed by Doug Hughes, the production of "Oleanna" first opened at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. in June featuring the same cast. It opened on Broadway in October, receiving mixed to positive reviews.
May 24, 2009 |
When Doug Hughes, the director of the revival of David Mamet's "Oleanna," heard that his two stars, Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, were sitting down with a writer for the Los Angeles Times, he freaked out. "He said, 'Ohmigod! Don't say anything to him or to each other!' " Pullman recalls with a laugh. " 'Just drink coffee,' " Stiles chimes in.
September 14, 2008 |
Touring the newly renovated Mark Taper Forum a few weeks before its official unveiling was a bit like standing at the crossroads between the past and the future. It wasn't merely the sight of stage carpenters readying the set for "The House of Blue Leaves," John Guare's delirious 1970 farce, which will inaugurate the next chapter in the Taper's 41-year history when the show opens today. Nor was it the mix of old construction and new, the way the striking carousel-shaped building has been endowed with a freshly carved-out basement lounge complete with luxurious bathrooms, not to mention all the technical improvements that have the crew happily humming as they work.
August 15, 2008 |
Hoping to give audiences something to buzz about in the expanded lobby yielded by its $30-million renovation, the Mark Taper Forum will offer a 2009 season that includes revivals of the Broadway musicals "Pippin" and "Parade" and Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" as well as three new or recent plays concerning Irish terrorism, the Iraq war hitting home on a New Mexico Indian reservation, and a Mexican American family in 1970s Texas trying to cope with a daughter's serious injury.
May 18, 2007 |
The Mark Taper Forum's 2007-08 season has a British accent: The mix of four productions includes two British plays, Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" and Peter Whelan's "The School of Night." And one of the two American works -- the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's darkly comic musical "Sweeney Todd" -- is directed and designed by Englishman John Doyle. Not an import is American playwright John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves," also on the schedule.