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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

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


Don't look behind this door

8/22/2017
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The joy of the familiar is that it let's you focus on the specific. Unfortunately, Tom Jacobson's The Devil's Wife is familiar, but that doesn't help.

Duration: 00:03:17


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


Sweet when it should be savory

7/11/2017
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The Cake is a sweet play that really wants to be savory.

Duration: 00:03:34


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


A romance with slippery time

6/20/2017
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What would a romance look like in the multi-verse? What even is a multi-verse? Nick Payne's Constellations at the Geffen Playhouse tries to answer all your questions.

Duration: 00:03:20


A civic tragedy in 4 tweets

6/13/2017
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"Julius Caesar can be read as a warning parable to those who try to fight for democracy by undemocratic means" or …not.

Duration: 00:03:19


Getting lost in a playwright's mind

6/6/2017
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If you're a lover of muscular playwriting, great acting and Los Angeles - you need to spend next Sunday with Murray Mednick.

Duration: 00:03:20


A lost classic

5/30/2017
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Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry is a stunning production of a lost classic that’s beautifully directed.

Duration: 00:03:41


A House with a shaky foundation

5/23/2017
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The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage is built on a shaky foundation but the actors manage to hold the thing together.

Duration: 00:03:15


Unfair expectations?

5/9/2017
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Before you go see Rajiv Joseph's world-premiere Archduke, google the details of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914.

Duration: 00:03:33


Why we need a good 'Block Party'

5/2/2017
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Center Theatre Group's Block Party is a big deal for small theaters.

Duration: 00:03:29


We are being watched as we do the watching

4/25/2017
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Walking into Christiane Jatahy's play The Walking Forest at REDCAT feels, at first, more like going to a hip gallery opening than a play.

Duration: 00:04:01

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