February 9, 1986
I'm glad Latino theater is flourishing again. Now can someone tell me why actor Tony Plana gets a three-dimensional role he can really work with in the movie "Latino," but in the recent "The Best of Times" he's used only for minority window-dressing? !Orale! . . . better a small role for a Chicano than no role! PERRY D'MARCO Los Angeles
February 20, 2006 |
He's an arrogant, rich caballero. She's an independent Yankee pioneer. Together, they're Benedick and Beatrice, the opposites who attract in East L.A. Classic Theatre's mariachi-spiced version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."
August 16, 1998 |
The debate over who has the right to interpret the great works of Western theater has been raging for several decades now. From the late Joseph Papp's pioneering efforts in "nontraditional" casting to the multiethnic classics that have become fairly common in major cities today, progress has indeed been made. But some say the battle is far from won. Here in famously diverse Los Angeles, for instance, the emphasis has shifted from actors to theatergoers.
December 6, 2012 |
A playful paean to a movie genre and a prolific career, Ernest Borgnine's valedictory feature is a spaghetti western with a heavy helping of cheese. "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez" won't be more than a footnote to his life's work, but it is evidence that even at 94, and even in flat surroundings, the late actor possessed undeniable screen magnetism. As with Will Ferrell's "Casa de Mi Padre" this year, the wonderfully spoofy opening-credits sequence promises more genre subversion than the film delivers.
April 12, 2002
Four Latino artists will discuss their work and how it is affected by their culture at a forum Saturday at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Griffith Park. The panel will feature composer Osvaldo Golijov, mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, actor-director Tony Plana and visual artist Frank Romero. The event begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public, although reservations are required. For reservations and information, call (213) 972-0704.
May 10, 1996
Latino actors and comedians including Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek and Paul Rodriguez will host "Cigar Night in Havana" tonight, a Cuban-flavored benefit for the nonprofit Cuban cultural organization Patronato Jose Marti, at the Track 16 and Robert Berman galleries at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station. Additional celebrity hosts include Elizabeth Pen~a, Olivia Hussey, Tony Plana, Pat O'Brien, Willie Marquez and Lupe Ontiveros. Tickets to the 7-11 p.m.