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‘Mary Poppins’: Music, skillful performances lift Musical Theatre West production

By Eric Marchese|

‘The Marriage Zone’ divorces itself from compelling theater

Perhaps the two greatest dangers in producing an original work of theater is either directing your own performance or directing your own play. In either case, the absolutely necessary second opinion — the critique needed to make sure the thing ...

By Frances Baum Nicholson|

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  • Entertainment

    There’s much to be proud of in ‘The Pride’ at the Wallis in Beverly Hills

    Whether or not you’re struggling with the current political configuration, one thing is clear: Most homosexuals are more widely accepted today than in the 1950s. The secrecy and repression of previous centuries, the unhappy marriages for “show,” the lives lived less than truthfully are no longer a universal way of life — at least for now. Alexi Kaye Campbell makes this point beautifully in “The Pride,” his 2008 play at the Wallis in Beverly...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Plays

    ‘Crimes of the Heart’ in Long Beach shows playwright Beth Henley at her best

    “Crimes of the Heart” offers vintage Beth Henley, exploring themes she would later revisit. A Chekhovian portrait of three small-town Mississippi sisters circa 1974, Henley’s first professionally produced play, is popular for its choice female roles. “Crimes” isn’t so much a character study as a lovingly adorned family album, its script spanning an emotional spectrum anchored by familial tensions at one end, private in-jokes at the...

    By Eric Marchese|

  • Entertainment

    ‘Conduct of Life,’ at LA’s Rosenthal Theater, shrewdly examines human cruelty

    In days gone by, people made names for themselves by doing something useful for society. María Irene Fornés wrote plays that broke old rules, broke barriers and taught something, whether to other playwrights or to audiences. Though she was a leader of the off-off-Broadway movement in the 1960s, the Southland knows her better from her establishing role in the also legendary Padua Hills Playwrights group and festival. Now, her 1985 play, “The Conduct of...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    Exploring race relations and social issues, ‘Oklahoma!’ gets a fresh look from L.A.’s 3-D Theatricals

    Known for putting its unique twist on musicals and plays, Los Angeles-based company 3-D Theatricals is getting back to the root of the story in the musical that set the standard for the genre with the company’s production of “Oklahoma!” “If you feel you have seen ‘Oklahoma!’ before, you have never ever seen it done this...

    Richard Guzman
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  • Entertainment

    La Mirada’s ‘Man of La Mancha’ revival is as emotionally potent as ever

    “Man of La Mancha” sparked interest in author Miguel de Cervantes’ fabled character Don Quixote while giving birth to the immortal song “The Impossible Dream.” The 1965 musical originally starred Rex Harrison in the triple roles of Cervantes, Quixote and elderly squire Alonso Quijano — but the musical demands of Mitch Leigh’s score proved too heavy for the British star. Considering Harrison’s trademark sterling diction,...

    By Eric Marchese|

  • Animated television

    Where to get a taste of ‘Bob’s Burgers Live!’ in LA

    “The Simpsons” have long been America’s animated sweethearts Sunday nights on Fox. But their neighbors, “Bob’s Burgers,” are giving them some competition. “Bob’s Burgers Live!” — a partnership between Bento Box Entertainment show creator Loren Bouchard’s Wilco...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Musical theater

    ‘Book of Mormon’ star says cursing in front of his pastor dad is ‘a blast every time’

    Gabe Gibbs, 24, is starring onstage as the handsome, all-American missionary Elder Price in the national tour of “The Book of Mormon.” The show, with performances through July 9 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, is the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Plays

    ‘The Physicists’ gets a revival at Hollywood Fringe

    The murder of two nurses brings a detective to a sanitorium where he discovers three delusional men. Two of them believe they’re the scientists Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, while the other claims that he speaks to the biblical King Solomon. But are they truly insane? Don’t bet on it. “The Physicists,” currently on stage at Sacred Fools Theater on select dates through June 23 as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is a revival of the...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Entertainment

    ‘Oslo,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ top Tony Awards 2017 list of winners

    The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards took place on Sunday, and here’s a list of winners for the Kevin Spacey hosted event at Radio City Music Hall: Best Musical: “Dear Evan Hansen.” Best Play: “Oslo.” Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics): “Dear Evan Hansen.” Best Revival of a Play: “August...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Plays

    How Hollywood Fringe hit “Elevator” extended its run

    When “Elevator” had its world premiere at the inaugural 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, producers didn’t know their play about seven strangers trapped in a broken elevator would be a hit. Let alone take on a life of its own. “These are the things we want to see,” says Ben Hill, Hollywood Fringe founder. “We want performances to go on and tour other...

    Sandra Barrera
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