January 5, 2011 |
Almost 30 years ago, John Lithgow vowed never again to do a one-man show. Lithgow was coming off "Kaufman at Large," a solo show he also wrote about playwright, critic and wit George S. Kaufman, at the height of his notoriety in 1930s. It ran for 22 performances off-Broadway in 1981. "It failed ? and I swore I'd never do it again because ? it sounds stupid ? but it was lonely," the actor recalls over lunch on Manhattan's Upper West Side. "It was literally lonely. There isn't the comradeship of a theater company, the energy you get from each other.
November 14, 2010 |
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short people. Which helps explain why, a few days ago, the L.A.-born, Big Easy-bred composer was sitting in a downtown Los Angeles rehearsal room, tapping his running shoes to the beat, amusement skittering across his eyes, while he watched a rehearsal of the new musical "Harps and Angels.
HOME & GARDEN
September 28, 2010 |
Abraham Lincoln manuscript and artifact collector Louise Taper has put her Beverly Park estate on the market at $18 million. The two-story Colonial, built in 1988, was previously the personal residence of Beverly Park developer Brian Adler. Taper remodeled and enlarged the house to its current 13,500-square-foot size. The city view house has a grand entry foyer; a den with a bar; seven bedrooms, one of which is being used as a 16-seat theater; 10 bathrooms and staff quarters.
September 5, 2010 |
— The last time Judith Ivey played a Tennessee Williams role was opposite Karl Malden. As introductions to playwrights go, it's hard to imagine many more authoritative guides than a man who had famously shared the stage with Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando and Kim Hunter in Elia Kazan's 1947 premiere of "A Streetcar Named Desire. " Ivey's encounter with Malden was roughly 40 years ago, while she was studying acting at Illinois State University. The play was "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
July 27, 2010 |
Whether they loved it or loathed it, critics appear to agree on one thing about Martin McDonagh's black comedy "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," the Mark Taper Forum's current offering: It's the goriest play they've ever seen. The Times' Charles McNulty wrote about "violence, torture and a tidal wave of bloodshed." The word "carnage" pops up often in reviews. As Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie wrote of his first reaction to the Broadway production of "Inishmore": "I literally remember thinking, '…you are NOT going to do that… you're not really going to do what I think you are about to… are you?
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