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...]

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...]

Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night: Three Music-Fueled Shows at the Fringe

Tight combos rocking hour-long sets late at night in small spaces, on a street where you can quickly dash from one venue to the next, with booze always near at hand. For years, that was my accustomed Friday night — but as a local band columnist, not … [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...]

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...]