What’s Up with Theater in Downtown L.A.?

Engine 28 reporter Walter Ryce, on loan from the Monterey County Weekly, asks regular folks in downtown Los Angeles about their relationship to (or lack thereof) Los Angeles theater. … [Read more...]

Family Dysfunction Fuels Hollywood Fringe

If you’ve never hated the family that you also love, stand up. Now sit down, preferably in some water, because your pants are probably on fire. Almost all of us have, well, complicated relationships with our families. And ever since Shakespeare … [Read more...]

Our ‘Spider-Man’ Entanglements

Given Julie Taymor's appearances at the Theatre Communications Group conference, Engine28 is going bicoastal, with impressions from some of us who've spent time with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, both 1.0 and 2.0. From JENNY LAWTON: Spidey … [Read more...]

Is L.A. Theater Just for N.Y. Actors?

The tired question "Is L.A. a theater town?" was quickly dismissed at a panel discussion hosted by the L.A. Times' Culture Monster last week. (Of course it is.)  The harder question was about theater actors in Los Angeles. After all, the conventional … [Read more...]

Not Lost in Translation

Supertitles are introducing American audiences new worlds of theater but remain far from perfect. The future of American theater may be as much read as watched. Presenting organizations, following the lead of their counterparts in the dance world, … [Read more...]

Four Women in One Night: How I Dived Into the Hollywood Fringe

Among the many benefits of a consolidated festival like Hollywood Fringe is the ability to cram attendance at several shows into one night. Even if you have a specific subgenre you are interested in — say, one-woman shows — the scheduling gods often … [Read more...]

Hers and His? Charting Theater’s Gender Gap

One of the most anticipated sessions taking place at the TCG conference was today's playwriting workshop led by Marsha Norman. Last week in New York Norman helped celebrate the second-annual Lilly Awards, which she co-founded in 2010 with a group of … [Read more...]

‘Can We Cause a Revolution?’ Theater Pros React to ‘Neva’ Opening Night at REDCAT [VIDEO]

Playwrights, artistic directors and other stage pros were not only moved by the opening-night performance of Neva at Radar LA, Guillermo Calderón's latest work being produced by Teatro en el Blanco at the Radar LA theater festival, they walked into … [Read more...]

RADAR L.A. Symposium on Theater’s Future: An Idea Plus Terror

Right in the middle of a presentation of manifestos at RADAR L.A. on the Future of Theater, Shawn Sides from Austin's Rude Mechs subverted the whole idea of the panel discussion. In the future, she said, there would be no manifestos. She then went on … [Read more...]