Spilling Your Guts in the Spotlight: A Podcast

You know that dream where you’re standing naked in front of an audience? For author/actor Summer “Rain” Sinclair, it’s a reality that’s happened three times this week. Sinclair strips herself bare in her one-woman show, Born Again Bohemian, … [Read more...]

RADAR L.A.: Experimental Mardi Gras

Remixing New York’s Under the Radar Festival for the West Coast, the RADAR L.A. Festival reflects a shift in contemporary theater, colliding international work with the Los Angeles theater scene. Under the leadership of Mark Murphy of Redcat, Diane … [Read more...]

Fringe: In the Cards for Magician Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong, a fixture at Hollywood Fringe headquarters, was getting some lip from a fellow magician. “All he could do was prattle on about everything he was a master of. About how he could do this, he could read minds, he was a great stage … [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...]

Speaking Youth to Power: The Next Theater Generation

  Hallie Gordon, a Chicago theater professional who helped found and now oversees Steppenwolf Theatre Company's program promoting theater among youth, delivered what might become the most urgent message to emerge from Theatre … [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...]

Press Is No-Show at Julie Taymor Q&A

It’s 8 p.m. on Thursday, the opening night of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference, and downtown Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is packed with stage professionals celebrating TCG’s 50th anniversary. But the conference’s … [Read more...]

Waiting for ‘Jessie,’ the Toughest Ticket in Town

Ninety minutes until curtain. The queue of ticketholders extends halfway down the block, three-deep. Most shows at the Hollywood Fringe performance festival just up the street would kill for a line like this.  They're here for a premiere that's had … [Read more...]

Backseat Drivers: How Moving Arts Ignites ‘The Car Plays’

It turns out that it's not that hard to get car-dependent Angelenos to sacrifice their vehicles for a few evenings. "There's a lot of enticement, because if we use your car, you're going to get the best parking spot," said Steve Lozier, producer … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Art Lovers Blown Away: ‘A Suicide Bombing by Invitation Only’

In early 2010, Lars Jan, a Los Angeles-based playwright and director, was commissioned by the Whitney Museum in New York to create a performance in one of its galleries. What he delivered was as much prank as play, a theater happening in the … [Read more...]

Pretty Ronnie’s ‘State of Incarceration’

  Ronnie Walker barely moves. He faces a corner of the prison yard, relaxed, swaying gently. When a fight breaks out, the correctional officers bark, “Yard down!” and then begin screaming at him. Why hasn’t he dropped to the ground as … [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...]

Postmodern Shakespeare, Four Plays, Four Ways

We just can’t get over the Bard. Even at RADAR L.A. and the Hollywood Fringe, dueling festivals devoted to the theatrical cutting edge, the ultimate warhorses are still running strong – though they are, of course, all dressed up in postmodern … [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...]

Steinspeak: ‘Brewsie and Willie’

  As Willie, the amiably angst-ridden protagonist and agonist of Brewsie and Willie might say, “How is it, fellows, that you could make yourself a theater show out of a book by that Gertrude Stein. How is it? How is it, I say?” In the … [Read more...]

Gallery Piece?: ‘2 Dimensional Life of Her’

Presenting your art to an audience doesn't make it theater. Only when Fleur Elise Noble's puppets have stripped down their setting -- the artist's messy studio -- to the blank white walls of a gallery, do they begin to burn the place down. The … [Read more...]

Intro to RADAR L.A. with Laura Spencer

What is RADAR L.A.?. June 14 - June 19, 2011 When Theatre Communications Group announced its 50th anniversary conference would take place in 2011 in Los Angeles, Ca., a festival in the works for nearly five years set a date. RADAR L.A., an … [Read more...]

L.A. Times Forum Tackles Question of ‘Theater Town’

Is Los Angeles a Theater Town? A resounding “maybe.” The Los Angeles Times roundtable began with a contentious question portending more than its share of blood in the water: "Is Los Angeles a Theater Town?" But the sharks of LA’s theater … [Read more...]