In Richard Greenberg's "Our Mother's Brief Affair," Jenny O'Hara triumphantly chomps down on the rich matriarch role as if it were a piece of ripe fruit.
Theresa Rebeck's "Mauritius" -- in which two half-sisters wrangle with three shady dudes over their mother's legacy of vintage stamps -- can be enjoyed for its snappy dialogue and twisty mystery…
A sense of peeping in on real life pervades Michael Sargent's "The Projectionist," a noir-influenced comic melodrama about, and performed within, a seedy movie lobby. Script is thin, but sharp acting…
While many if not most performing artists are temperamental, on the evidence of "Opus" a string quartet's members may be the most high-strung.
In his South Coast Repertory-commissioned "Goldfish," John Kolvenbach concocts an ingenious variation on a familiar trope: the working-class college kid wooing the spoiled rich coed. His twist -…
In these hard times, it seems oddly fitting for a tuner titled "Working" to have been downsized (from 17 thesps in its 1978 debut to the current six) and its score partly outsourced (to "In the…
Is it worth ponying up at the Ahmanson for the national tour of Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon," in the wake of 2008's pic version? You bet -- first and foremost for absorption in the themes only…
"Lust for Life" isn't just Kirk Douglas' favorite pic. It's also his defining trait, based on his charmingly discursive memoir "Before I Forget."
Juxtaposing Abraham Lincoln's assassination with the personal and professional intrigues of the acting company in attendance, Charles Busch's "Our Leading Lady" serves neither history nor showbiz…
The title of Donald Margulies' new Geffen Playhouse commission, "Time Stands Still," refers explicitly to that moment when a photographer sets up and takes her shot.
Despite the title, there's hardly any jazz heard in Allan Knee's "The Jazz Age," nor does the play provide much insight into that period between the World Wars beyond the grim repetition of Gertrude…