July 24, 1995 |
Discovering a new play can be a thrill, even if the buzz wears off before intermission. The Padua Hills Playwrights' Festival heightens that thrill by asking theatergoers to promenade from play to play, setting each work on a different, impromptu, unexpected, usually outdoor stage. You've heard of found art. This is found staging. The festival itself is also itinerant, changing location each summer. It has just landed at the USC campus, where it offers six new plays in two evenings.
September 28, 1991 |
When Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana" was first produced on Broadway in December, 1961, it was voted Best American Play of the season, and a couple of critics even ventured that it was Williams' best play. Such proclamations are dangerously self-serving, but watching and, more to the point perhaps, listening to the revival of this play at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where it opened Thursday, one is awed by the sheer beauty and nourishment in the writing.
September 15, 2002 |
The most anticipated autumn event in Southern California theater isn't a particular play; it's the unveiling of the new South Coast Repertory campus in Costa Mesa. Opening Nov. 8 will be the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage, with a traditional proscenium, a balcony and boxes, a back row only 39 feet from the stage and Richard Greenberg's new "The Violet Hour." The company's other two theaters have been refurbished.
December 29, 2002 |
Four Los Angeles dramatists -- Jon Robin Baitz, Lynn Manning, Alec Mapa and Luis Alfaro -- will have works produced in 2003 at Seattle's ACT Theatre. Robert Egan is bringing the L.A. bouquet as he transplants himself from producing director of the Mark Taper Forum to his new job as artistic director at ACT.
July 3, 1991 |
To a classical musician, accelerando means speed it up, but only in music, not in life. The word holds richer potency for a ballet dancer recovering from a broken foot, intent on finding true love by dawn on this particular New Year's Eve.