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What you need to know about Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the Japanese-American internment order

By Michelle Mills|

‘Lucky Stiff’ is a charming farce that’s fun, escapist fare at Actors Co-op Hollywood

In 1988, the fledgling duo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty produced their first musical: “Lucky Stiff.” The show is a silly send-up of the mystery/suspense genre, and based loosely on the 1983 book “The Man Who Broke Monte Car...

By Frances Baum Nicholson|

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  • Entertainment

    How Jewish Women’s Theatre new show celebrates ‘More Courage’

    A collection of Muslim and Jewish stories, poems and songs are dramatized in the new salon-style play “More Courage.” But it has nothing to do with differences. “It has to do with our collective humanity,” says Ronda Spinak, founder and artistic director of Jewish Women’s Theatre. “That’s the idea behind the...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Entertainment

    Deborah Cox talks playing Whitney Houston’s role in musical ‘The Bodyguard’

    Deborah Cox may have stepped into the role that first launched Whitney Houston on the big screen opposite Kevin Costner, but she infuses it with her own spirit and voice. That’s according to the 43-year-old Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B recording artist currently singing, dancing and acting in the U.S. national tour of “The...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Plays

    ‘The Latin Wave’ takes a look at LA history, stereotypes

    A wave is about to hit the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. “The Latin Wave: Exploring Myth, Illusion and Cultural Appropriation” looks at Latin stereotypes through an exhibit, two films, a play and an interactive symposium running May 7-21. “This building is steeped in history and in many ways it’s very significant historically, particularly with the native community, but also the Mexican-American...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Musical theater

    Hundreds brave LA heat in hope of getting ‘Hamilton’ tickets

    LOS ANGELES >> Theater fans braved blazing temperatures as they lined up on Hollywood Boulevard in the hopes of snagging tickets for the Los Angeles run of the Broadway smash “Hamilton.” As temperatures approached 90 on Sunday, officials with the Hollywood Pantages rerouted the line for the box office through the air-conditioned theater’s lobby and even onto the stage. Hundreds of people who queued up starting in the early morning were relieved to get out of...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Education

    ‘Mulan Jr.’ brings the theater back to life at ‘tough’ North Hills middle school

    Backstage at Sepulveda Middle School’s auditorium, teacher Deborah Raphael was addressing last-minute emergencies Thursday night. It was about 90 minutes before the curtains rose for the opening performance of “Mulan Jr.,” the story of a girl who dresses as a man to take her elderly father’s place in the Chinese army to fight against the invading Huns. The energy verged on chaos as Raphael rushed from the dressing room to the stage and back,...

    Antonie Boessenkool
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  • Entertainment

    ‘West Side Story’ is fully realized stagecraft in La Mirada

    In its day, “West Side Story” broke new ground in the world of musical theater by meshing the basics of “Romeo and Juliet” with then-current issues like juvenile delinquency, teen street gangs and racial bigotry. The best productions play to the fact that the 1957 musical is hugely a product of its time and place. By doing exactly that, La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Productions forges a definitive production of the landmark show. The mixture of...

    By Eric Marchese|

  • Entertainment

    ‘The Music Man’ hits all the right notes at Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates

    Even among the best of musicals from the Golden Age, “The Music Man” stands out for its exhilarating score, classic storytelling and memorable characters. The production by Palos Verdes Performing Arts at Norris Theatre through May 7 lives up to the musical’s name. The book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, tell of an Iowa town, usually beset by gossip and indolence, during the month when traveling salesman...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Executive branch

    Can’t get into ‘Hamilton’? Trump cabinet play is about to hit the stage

    LONDON — Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt. Four key players in President Donald Trump’s new administration are central characters in a “verbatim play,” boiled down from combative U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, that looks to Trump’s Cabinet picks for clues to his government’s direction. “All the President’s Men?” — the question mark sets...

    By Jill Lawless Associated Press|

  • Entertainment

    In ‘Farragut North,’ campaign backstabbing hits few targets at LA’s Odyssey Theatre

    What’s it like being a high-level presidential campaigner? You know, one of the folks who tell candidates what to say and how to say it. They ain’t no lilies of the field. The long hours are grueling, and oh do they spin. They’re characters in “Farragut North,” a 2008 play by Beau Willimon. You know, the creator of the Neflix series “House of Cards,” about horrifyingly dastardly power plays in Washington, D.C. Willimon’s...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’ explores the dreams, desires of drag performers

    They say clothes make the man. In “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” women’s clothes certainly turn a childlike lad into a maturing gentleman. Still, Matthew Lopez’s play, enjoying its West Coast premiere at Geffen Playhouse, reminds us that our true selves are who we are at heart, having nothing to do with our outer adornments. Casey (Andrew Burnap) is a young man trying to make a living as an Elvis impersonator at a Florida Panhandle bar. He’s...

    By Dany Margolies|

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