Director/choreographer William Mead lacks the wherewithal to rise above stale material and justify tuner's redemption from the trunk, or in this instance, the crypt.
There's more relation between "Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet," the breezy double bill at the Kirk Douglas, than the title suggests. Each one-act features blithe philosophers nattering away to…
The visual and rhythmic pleasures of East West Players' anime and hip-hop-influenced "Pippin" almost permit one to overlook the production's undercooked execution. But for all the eye candy, the ear…
Thomas Gibbons' plays push hot buttons. Jumping off from actual events, they tackle issues rarely brought up in private discourse, let alone onstage.
Jason Grote's "1001" makes an entertaining, often witty case for the significance of the Arabian Nights tales -- and Arabia itself -- in the West's collective consciousness.
The Pasadena Playhouse has transposed "Of Mice and Men" to reflect the vast wartime influx of Mexican migrant workers freeing whites for factory duty, and there's one sure measure of its success: You…
Throughout the 60s, Leonard Bernstein's televised "Young People's Concerts" brought kids of all ages to a deeper appreciation of great music and those who made it. Hershey Felder's "Composer Sonata"…
Southern California's inaugural Festival of New American Musicals, taking place in theaters and schools from Ventura to San Diego Counties through May and June, was born out of a simple economic…
Forty-three years ago, the ineffectively written "Flora, the Red Menace" offered enough early Kander and Ebb ballads and comedy songs to turn Liza Minnelli into a Tony-winning star in the title role.
The working motto for the scribes featured in this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival seems to have been: Dream big, but plan small.
The "Good War" had a great score, and some of the best WWII jukebox tunes are drafted for Roger Bean's "The Andrews Brothers," a splashy sendup of a South Pacific USO tour.