Cowboy Mouth at the Fringe: Cow Flop

Hey, Slim (Justin O’Neill): if you want to nail this proto-punk mad-love classic by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith, don’t look down at your hands while you’re playing guitar. Take more lessons before you attempt to portray a rarified rocker. And learn … [Read more...]

‘Titus Redux’ Review and Impressions

  My podcast review and impressions of 'Titus Redux' - an update of William Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus' by the Not Man Apart and New American Theatre companies. … [Read more...]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: ‘Another Effing Family Drama’

June’s coming home for closure. She finds it, but not in the package she expects in Another Effing Family Drama, Catherine Pelonero’s Hollywood Fringe Festival production playing at ArtWorks Theatre. June, a pharmacologist, wants to confront her … [Read more...]

Rectangular Anger: ‘2 Dimensional Life of Her’

  Puppets — and menace — in the ballroom 2 Dimensional Life of Her, the first production of the RADAR L.A. International Festival of Contemporary Theater, might better qualify as experimental film than any conventional idea of theater. … [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...]

What’s an Engine28?

Arts journalism, reinvented for the 21st century What’s an Engine28? Take 21 theater-savvy journalists from around the country, and add editors and web producers. Put them in an online newsroom in downtown Los Angeles, close to two major … [Read more...]

The Defiant Ones: ‘The Word Begins’

Words fly, and the audience laughs  -- then ducks A monochromatic white screen acts as a canvas, and stools, plugged-in microphones and not much more are the tools for Steve Connell’s and Sekou Andrews' two-man assault on racism, politics, fear, … [Read more...]