Todd Robbins, once a young magic fan from Long Beach, brings his “Play Dead” to the Geffen Playhouse. It’s inspired by old-fashioned spook shows and seances.
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.
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 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
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
That Good Night may include clowning, but playwright Andrew Dolan and director Scott Alan Smith are focusing on the serious artistry of tonight’s premiere, presented by The Road Theatre Company. READ MORE
Playwright Chuck Rose and producer/director Jack Stehlin discuss their current collaboration — Rose’s Bedfellows — and their pasts. Rose’s play is about a would-be California governor with a big secret. READ MORE
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
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.Â She now lives in NYC, plays a nightclub owner in Boardwalk Empire, but has never strayed far from the boards. READ MORE
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