‘State of Incarceration’: Locked Up, and a Little Locked Out

You walk down a hallway at Los Angeles Theatre Center and into a large, brightly lit room. But where do you sit? Painted black wooden boxes line a wall and row on row of metal bunk beds with thin, tightly tucked blankets confront you.  You file in … [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...]

Stehlin on ‘Titus’: Finding Narrative in Abstraction

If you indulge in the HBO series Weeds, you know Jack Stehlin. And if you don't know his role as Drug Enforcement Agency Captain Roy Till, you probably know him from any number of "angry cop" roles he's played throughout the years. So perhaps his … [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...]

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...]

First Take: The Method Gun

In The Method Gun, Austin-based collective Rude Mechs explores the "cult of acting" as an ensemble, abandoned by their guru, rehearses for performances of a reimagined Streetcar Named Desire.  Minutes after attending the opening night performance … [Read more...]

Relentless: ‘Titus Redux’

Here's a parlor game for all your dramaturg friends: Prod them for their opinions of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. The aesthetes among them will point out that no less than T.S. Eliot called it "one of the stupidest and most uninspired … [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...]

Sometimes It Rains Apples: ‘Ground to Cloud,’ ‘Myth and Infrastructure’

Despite its age, the term performance art remains a useful one, if only because no other phrase encompasses so many types of alternative theatrical expression in which you hear so much about "environments." Whatever you choose to call it, a double … [Read more...]