Steve Julian Asks, <i>What Kind of God?</i>

Steve Julian’s “What Kind of God?,” about an episode of priestly sex abuse, arose from the Hollywood Fringe’s “Altarcations,” which arose from an episode of censorship in Julian’s youth.

Going the Distance with Ron Eldard

Ron Eldard has been a fighter most of his life — even literally, as a playground fistfighter and as a Golden Gloves boxer. Now the actor is tackling Teach in David Mamet’s American Buffalo at Geffen Playhouse. READ MORE

Married Couple Tackles Two Wars in <i>Year of the Rabbit</i>

Married for three decades, Keliher Walsh and James Eckhouse apparently still can’t get enough of each other’s company. Eckhouse is directing Walsh’s first play Year of the Rabbit in its premiere by EST-West at Atwater Village Theatre — and the playwright is one of the actors. The script examines experiences in two recent American wars and has already won a prize. READ MORE

Pielmeier — Possessed by <i>The Exorcist</i> a la 2012

John Pielmeier of Agnes of God fame tackles another story about a young woman’s interactions with Catholicism and the supernatural — The Exorcist, based on the famous novel and film from 40 years ago — but this time it’s on stage, at Geffen Playhouse. And it’s now set in 2012. READ MORE

Dolan and EST/LA’s <i>Many Mistresses</i> Tackle Race

Andrew Dolan’s The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King isn’t about King but is a story that attempts to speak candidly about race. It’s one of two Dolan plays soon to hit LA, and part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s goal to present risky, thoughtful work, says EST/LA’s Rod Menzies, who’s directing it. READ MORE

Tracy Middendorf Looks Back on her LA Fountain Years

In the first of a series of occasional articles revisiting subjects from the LA STAGE magazine archives, we catch up with actress Tracy Middendorf who graced the March 2002 cover (see photo above) for her star turn in the Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed production of After the Fall.  She now lives in NYC, plays a nightclub owner in Boardwalk Empire, but has never strayed far from the boards. READ MORE

Cromer’s Corners: <br><i>Our Town</i> Director Brings the Wilder West

Director David Cromer — the talk of Chicago and Off-Broadway — brings the longest-running staging ever of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town to Broad Stage, opening tonight. Helen Hunt as the Stage Manager will speak more or less to the inhabitants of her town — Santa Monica. Cromer recalls some of the high points of his career. READ MORE