Culture Clash’s Herbert Sigüenza: Theater, the Last Soapbox

The performances of the Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash range from sketches to full-length plays, charged with political and social satire. The company is known for its irreverent approach to topics ranging from social justice to Greek playwright … [Read more...]

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...]

Action Plans: Three Women on Women in Theater

On every significant front — writers, directors, artistic directors, leading roles — the status of women in today's theater is in dire straits. What is to be done to redress the situation? I posed this question to three women this week at TCG's 50th … [Read more...]

‘Off Stage With Engine 28’: Pasadena Playhouse’s Sheldon Epps and Tate Donovan

Ever wish there were more (well, any) TV shows about theater? Engine 28 is here with that answer — except it's on the Web! In this premiere episode of Off Stage W ith Engine 28, Jesse North sits down with Pasadena Playhouse's artistic director (and … [Read more...]

‘Asleep at the Wheel’: Waking Up

About a dozen people learned more about sleep apnea, narcolepsy and cataplexy than they might have reasonably expected on a Friday night at a Hollywood Boulevard bar/improv comedy club. They also gleaned insights into the joys and sorrows of American … [Read more...]

‘Julius Caesar’ on Fast-Forward: Podcast

Orson Welles in 1937. Photo: Carl Van Vechten, courtesy Library of Congress   How do you make Shakespeare edgy enough for the Hollywood Fringe? You resurrect a 75-year-old script edited by a brash, young Orson Welles. Listen to the … [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...]

Does an Apocalypse Have To Be All Bad?

A friend was recently at the playground with her children when a stranger began to explain in detail about how the end of the world was fast approaching. Talk about an uncomfortable conversation to have in front of your children: “Mommy, does the … [Read more...]

It’s Not Over Yet: Asian-American Festival Keeps the Drama Going in LA

Just when you thought Los Angeles’ June theater festivals were wrapping up, it turns out the fat lady has a lot more to see before she sings. As RADAR L.A. and the Theatre Communications Group begin to close their curtains, and Hollywood Fringe … [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...]

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...]