February 22, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - With an assured and intimate voice, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar's stories cleverly slide across religion, tradition, sexuality and the dangerous if sometimes comical predicaments endured by Muslims in a post-Sept. 11 world hardened by incendiary politics and "us" versus "them" prejudices. His work is intricately American, revealing the strains and joys of Muslims, many of them immigrants, trying to hold on to their ancestry while assimilating into a nation that celebrates diversity yet takes intense pride - and a degree of security - in counting the ways in which we're the same.
February 14, 2014 |
Matthew Lopez's “The Whipping Man,” presented by the West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Pico Playhouse, is an unusual yet well-crafted drama written with the no-holds-barred emotionalism of vintageWillian Inge or Arthur Miller. The play begins at the close of the Civil War, as the badly wounded Caleb (Shawn Savage) returns to his wealthy family's burned-out home in Richmond. Caleb's family has decamped for safer climes, and only two of their recently freed slaves - Simon (Ricco Ross)
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.
February 1, 2014 |
Hold your RSVPs to the Geffen Playhouse's revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party. " The highly anticipated production, staged by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin, has been abruptly called off only two weeks before its official opening. Leaders at the Geffen said that the production has been postponed to an unspecified future date. The cause of the postponement was the sudden departure of British actor Steven Berkoff, with accounts differing as to whether he resigned voluntarily or was effectively dismissed from the production.
January 30, 2014 |
The upcoming revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" at the Geffen Playhouse has been abruptly called off only two weeks before its official opening. Leaders at the Geffen said that the production, which was to have been directed by William Friedkin, has been postponed to an unspecified future date. "The Birthday Party" was to have starred Tim Roth in the lead role of a piano player living in a seaside boarding house. The production was scheduled to open Feb. 12, with preview performances beginning on Feb. 4, and run through March 16. The Geffen declined to elaborate on the postponement, but Friedkin said in an interview that it was due to the departure of actor Steven Berkoff and the inability to find a suitable replacement in the available time.
January 9, 2014 |
Long Beach Playhouse revives Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," Denis O'Hare recites "An Iliad" at the Broad, and "Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel" returns to Santa Monica Pier's West End Theatre. Carnaval de Cabrillo Community event features dance, music, etc., and a preview of Cabrillo Music Theatre's upcoming production of “In the Heights” (at 1:45 p.m.). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Today, noon. Free. I'll Go On Barry McGovern co-created and stars in this solo show based on three Samuel Beckett novels.