November 5, 1993
Workshops of eight plays and four performance art pieces will be presented in public rehearsals at Taper, Too, located at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, as part of the Mark Taper Forum's sixth New Work Festival, starting next week. Admission is free, but reservations are required: (213) 972-7392. The schedule: Wednesday-Thursday: "Unmerciful Good Fortune," by Edwin Sanchez, directed by Peter Brosius. Nov.
February 13, 2004 |
"Center of the Star" is the latest production in Cornerstone Theater Company's Faith-Based Theater Cycle, an ambitious four-year series examining how faith unites and divides the larger community. Presented in association with the Greenway Arts Alliance at the Greenway Court Theatre, "Star" amusingly encapsulates the history of Jews in Southern California.
March 23, 1998 |
There's no surer proof that the Pasadena Playhouse is feeling schizophrenic than its new show, a harmless revue called "Blame It On the Movies!: The Reel Music of Hollywood." Just previously, with his production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," recently arrived artistic director Sheldon Epps alerted subscribers that he would interrupt the playhouse's usual menu of bromide-filled theater with more challenging fare. But, as if to make sure no one gets too alarmed, "Blame It on the Movies!"
April 26, 2005 |
The horrors of events like the Armenian holocaust are so vast that it's hard to imagine them from a distance as anything other than a numbing abstraction. It's primarily through the stories of survivors that casualty statistics hit home with the immediacy and intensity of personal experience -- qualities vividly evoked in "I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen" at Glendale's Alex Theatre.
May 10, 1995 |
In Yehuda Hyman's "The Mad Dancers," part of the Mark Taper Forum's "Virtual Theatre" series at the Taper, Too, Elliott Green (Hyman) can't find the map that might guide him along his mystical journey. It's a feeling the audience may share. Hyman's tale is a loose and updated adaptation of "The 7 Beggars" by Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav, who was a celebrated scholar and great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov (founder of Judaism's Hasidic movement). The adventure begins promisingly.
April 28, 1997 |
After more than 12 years working as a creative producer at the Mark Taper Forum, I am baffled by Laurie Winer's distinction between the quality of stewardship offered at the Taper and that at South Coast Repertory ("Award for Best Parent to a Play," Calendar, March 29). I was also very concerned that the compare-and-contrast format of the article contributes to a scorecard mentality about art-making and is ultimately damaging to our endeavor.