CTG tops Ovation noms

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Center Theater Group led the Ovation Award nominations with 29, including for the Ahmanson's season, per the L.A. Stage Alliance, which announced the noms Tuesday.

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Review: ‘Aftershock’

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Gleefully trashy "Aftershock" applies a grindhouse sensibility -- minus the faux-oldie stylings of other recent exploitation homages -- to a disaster-survival thriller that acts more like a horror…

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Review: ‘Lotus’

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A tissue-paper character study that buckles under the weight of its unimpeachably noble intentions, "Lotus" makes a committed, courageous plea for freedom of expression in totalitarian China, only to…

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Review: ‘Offender’

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Comparisons with Alan Clarke's justly venerated British reform-school classic "Scum" (1979) are unlikely to flatter new entrants to the genre, but feature debutant Ron Scalpello bravely attempts a…

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Review: ‘The Train Driver’

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Athol Fugard's new play, "The Train Driver," takes place in the "new" South Africa of the present day, in a desolate graveyard where the ghosts of apartheid past won't stay buried.

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Ralph Fiennes in "Great Expectations"
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Review: ‘Great Expectations’

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Arriving mere months after a miniseries version also presented by the BBC, "Great Expectations" is a passable feature-length adaptation that does little to burnish the estimable screen legacy of a…

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Review: ‘90 Minutes’

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A slap in the face to Norwegian propriety -- and so-called "civilized" societies in general -- Eva Sorhaug's "90 Minutes" will certainly be seen as a response to the two attacks July 22, 2011…

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