Numerous characters in "Sleeping Beauty Wakes," as per Deaf West Theater's company style, are acted and signed by one thesp while being spoken and sung by another. The melding of performances is…
Reginald Rose's anatomy of a murder trial, "Twelve Angry Men," is one of those warhorse vehicles that always works, whether as 1954 TV special, 1957 feature film, 1997 cable movie or mixed-cast…
Are you the parent of one of 2 million American kids who swear a blue streak, won't sit still or obey and act out 24/7? Worried about a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and the dizzying range of treatment…
In Julia Cho's memory plays, her characters labor to reconstruct incomplete lives and attend to, in the title of an early work, "The Architecture of Loss."
The development of new plays in workshop has been a priority throughout Des McAnuff's tenure as artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse -- so much so that he chose a workshop as his swan song.
Just as Regina Taylor's "Crowns" celebrated the plumage and indomitability of African-American women, "Cuttin' Up" gives equal time to the men whose world centers on the urban barbershop.
Though its main story is the burgeoning love affair of two East London teenage boys, Jonathan Harvey's "Beautiful Thing" is too rich to be pigeonholed as a "gay play." By adding three other…
For her raucous, lewd "Restoration Comedy," Amy Freed has ransacked the plots of one minor and one substantial old play to forge a pastiche saluting 17th century mores and stagecraft while skewering…
Two items from past issues of Variety have taken on ominous significance in light of current ShoWest discussions about onscreen smoking.
The ultimate castrating-mama drama, Robert Klane's adaptation of his novel and 1970 cult film "Where's Poppa?" demands more conviction and guts than it receives from Gordon Hunt's terminally tame…