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.
As sunrise signals the weary end of "The Night of the Iguana," play's saintly surrogate stands outside a dilapidated Mexican hotel to pray that God let them all "stop now. … It's so quiet here…
The fine line between directorial concept and gimmick is crossed far too often in the Old Globe's revival of "The Glass Menagerie."
Richard Greenberg's "The Injured Party" examines and finally rejects (hurray!) contempo cynicism and disengagement, albeit in a coolly cerebral way that won't be to every taste.