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Opening the Curtain

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Musings on what Los Angeles theater is - and can be.

Musings on what Los Angeles theater is - and can be.
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Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

Musings on what Los Angeles theater is - and can be.

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

If it's not tax-deductible, will theater donors still give?

12/12/2017
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Okay, the holidays are almost upon us. What better time to talk about nonprofit theaters and the tax code?

Duration: 00:03:54


Meaningless entertainment, on the other hand, is actually really hard

11/28/2017
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Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns is a complicated allegory that weaves pop culture references into an alternately funny and chilling tale. It's one of those plays that allow viewers to read into it their own personal take.

Duration: 00:03:57


A lowbrow holiday in the theater

11/21/2017
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Okay, it's unavoidable. The holidays are upon us. Amidst the turkeys, black Fridays and Holiday parties, how about a little theater? Anthony Byrnes offers a quick list of the holiday spectacles on our stages.

Duration: 00:03:43


Wrestling with the 'ghosts of ideas'

11/14/2017
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10 Million is simultaneously a private story of a family torn apart and a political history about the very personal impacts of Cuba's revolution. The Cuban production is part of the Encuentro de las Américas theater festival, a celebration of Latin theater from the Americas.

Duration: 00:03:32


A bearded man with a ukulele and a bird mask

11/7/2017
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At first it's just small details . . . There's something odd about Erin Courtney's play A Map of Virtue.

Duration: 00:03:50


An extended poetic metaphor

10/24/2017
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At its simplest level, With Love and a Major Organ is about a girl who falls in love with a guy she only knows through their shared subway rides. She decides to confess her love onto those tapes and deliver them to him with her heart -- her actual beating heart.

Duration: 00:03:17


Technology or theater?

10/17/2017
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What happens when the technological magic of a theater piece eclipses the theatrical magic?

Duration: 00:03:28


A prison story

10/10/2017
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All great plays tell a story . . . but not all stories make a play.

Duration: 00:03:36


Appropriated disaster

10/3/2017
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There's a great play in the aftermath of the tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina. Runaway Home isn’t it.

Duration: 00:03:25


Arguing with God

9/26/2017
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The ancient Greeks thought theater was a way to speak directly to the gods. Tarrell Alvin McCraney and Phylicia Rashad do them one better by arguing with God.

Duration: 00:03:32


The Chicago Greeks

9/12/2017
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Each fall the Getty opens its outdoor amphitheater in Malibu to a theater company to produce a classic Greek or Roman play for a modern audience. The gods are particularly demanding in Euripedes' final play, Iphigenia in Aulis, this year's offering, produced by Chicago's Court Theatre.

Duration: 00:04:01


Fall theater preview

9/5/2017
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Okay, get out your calendars. Here's a short list of LA theater that's going to be worth the trip this fall.

Duration: 00:03:41


A crisis in governance

8/29/2017
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Last week the Geffen Playhouse announced a new artistic director . . . but the real news is how they got rid of their old one.

Duration: 00:03:32


When the policy is more important than the dramaturgy

8/15/2017
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The trouble with autobiographical solo shows is that sometimes what happens in life doesn’t match up with the best dramaturgy. In Alex Alpharoah’s case, that’s a good thing.

Duration: 00:03:46


Making sense of an inscrutable world

8/8/2017
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time doesn't so much tell you a story as it does allow you to sense the world through the lens of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher.

Duration: 00:03:34


Why the all-star game isn't much of a game

8/1/2017
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Antaeus Theatre Company has a problem: they have too many trained actors. I know that sounds like a blessing but sadly, that's what it feels like in Antaeus' thoroughly generic production of As You Like It.

Duration: 00:03:23


The beasts among us

7/25/2017
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Ionesco's play Rhinoceros is a perfect commentary on our political times. Unfortunately, Pacific Resident Theatre's production squanders that power on cheap laughs

Duration: 00:03:28


Missing Dad

7/18/2017
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There is a lot, and I mean a lot, to Lauren Yee's play The King of the Yees, so let's start simply. On one level, it's a play about a red door.

Duration: 00:03:45


The wrong kind of spectacle

7/4/2017
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A lot of things are moving in LA's larger theaters and it's got me freaked out.

Duration: 00:03:24


A Long way to go

6/27/2017
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Everything is compelling in The Pride… until it isn't. It's a bit like a scenic drive that never really takes you anywhere.

Duration: 00:03:54

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