Tuesday, September 29, 2020



Jewish Women’s Theatre Explores ‘Sex, Addiction & Love’

UPDATE: This show has now been postponed due to the coronavirus concerns. JWT hopes to run the show in May. Please check their website...

Theater Production ‘Taming the Lion’ Tackles Old Hollywood Homophobia

Although he’s largely forgotten today, actor William Haines was one of Hollywood’s top leading men of the silent and early talkie eras, acting in...

Broadway Producer Richie Jackson Discusses His Memoir ‘Gay Like Me’

During Passover in 1983, Richie Jackson, then 18, was confronted by his mother, who asked, “When are you gonna tell me you’re gay?” In revealing...

‘Walking to Buchenwald’: an old play made new

While a family of four Americans journeys across Europe, the United States is on the brink of Armageddon. A dangerous, distrustful president has declared...

Paul Rudnick’s humor lightens an otherwise serious ‘Big Night’

Playwright-author Paul Rudnick chatted breezily on the Culver City set of his new comic drama, “Big Night,” engaging in the kind of banter that...

As ‘Hamilton’ debuts in L.A., historian asks: Was he Jewish?

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was many things: statesman, lawyer, banker and Secretary of the Treasury, to name a few. With the Tony Award-winning success...

Ghosts, guilt and a Jewish lawyer collide in ‘Rainbow Bridge’

A nice Jewish lawyer contends with the spirits of his late mother and sister, who awaken his lifelong feelings of guilt, in the farcical play...

Director takes remembrance of Rabin to the stage

Israeli director Amos Gitai’s 2015 film, “Rabin, the Last Day,” traces the events before and after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995,...

Teens put new twist on adult-themed ‘Dog Sees God’

Last November, Joey Maya Safchik, 18, a senior at Charter High School of the Arts in Van Nuys, gathered some of her closest theater...

Hershey Felder bringing torment, triumphs of ‘Our Great Tchaikovsky’ to L.A.

Hershey Felder, who has brought to life onstage the world’s great classical and popular composers — from Beethoven and Chopin to George Gershwin and...

The uncommon life and times of Annie Korzen

Coral-rimmed glasses that match her hair dangle around Annie Korzen’s neck. The spry 78-year-old actress plays a piano situated offstage left inside the cozy...

Jewish roots, Chinese heritage merge in ‘King of the Yees’

Combine a director’s Jewish roots with a playwright’s Chinese heritage and the result is a quirky comic play that shows the two cultures have...

A ‘Not Famous’ life celebrated onstage

“I spent the early part of my life searching for fame, and I found the more meaningful things in life. So, it doesn’t matter that...

Actor Ronnie Marmo puts Lenny Bruce’s life onstage

Leonard Alfred Schneider, also known as Lenny Bruce, was one of the most influential comedians of all time. He was arrested several times during...

Humor and bitterness run in the family in ‘The Lyons’

Nicky Silver’s dark comedy “The Lyons,” now running at The Road on Lankershim in North Hollywood, depicts a family whose members are totally isolated from...

‘Exile’ highlights the journey of Sephardic Jews

Homesickness and nostalgia are similar, but there’s a subtle difference. Homesickness is when you miss a place you can go back to, and when...

The Congregation band fuses music, theater at Odyssey

For spiritual fulfillment and community, a person goes to temple. For those things and some foot stomping, rules-defying jazz, a person joins The Congregation. So...

‘April, May & June’: Siblings and secrets

Three sisters in their 40s spar with one another and discover a long-held secret as they pack up their childhood home after the death...

Grief, challenges lead the way ‘Home’ for playwright Lisa Kron

Years before Lisa Kron wrote the book and lyrics to the musical “Fun Home” — based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel about coming out...

Latina Jews put stories onstage

During a recent Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) rehearsal, a young actress reads a solo scene from a show that’s about to open.

Nazi menace overtakes siblings in different ways in ‘My Sister’

In addition to exterminating millions of Jews, the Nazis also targeted the mentally and physically disabled under their eugenics program, aimed at weeding out people they considered genetically unfit.

Michael Greif takes on ‘If/Then’

Some choices are no-brainers.

Theater, apartheid and a director’s Jewish roots

“I’ve been very fortunate through most of my adult life to be able to have earned a living in the art form that I love,” Simon Levy, producing director of the Fountain Theatre in East Hollywood, commented during a recent interview.

Chat rooms, seniors and modern love in ‘Romance.com’

Senior dating in the digital age is the comically rendered theme of “Romance.com,” a production of the West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles.

‘Paloma’ examines interfaith relationships

Playwright Anne García-Romero, talking about her latest work, “Paloma,” said three of the world’s major religions are represented by the three main characters.

Rebecca Pidgeon’s Artistic and Religious Journey

“It’s been exhausting,” Rebecca Pidgeon said of starring in David Mamet’s dialogue-heavy, two-woman play, “The Anarchist,” at Theatre Asylum through May 23. Pidgeon, who is married to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Mamet (“Glengarry Glen Ross,” “American Buffalo”), plays a prison warden tasked with deciding whether a Weather Underground-type terrorist incarcerated for 35 years now deserves parole.

Shifting sands of truth unravel in ‘The English Bride’

As the play “The English Bride” begins, the audience is immediately thrust into a near cataclysm with a burst of police sirens and an announcement over a loudspeaker: “Attention! Attention! All passengers on El Al flight 1540 to Dusseldorf and Tel Aviv. The flight is canceled.”

We’re all ‘Old Jews’ at heart

An old Jewish man walks into a restaurant, walks up to the maitre d’ and says: “Pardon me, how do you prepare your chicken?” The maitre d’ says, “We tell ’em right up front they ain’t gonna make it.”

Jewish slave owners and a seder for the ages

The son of a Jewish, slave-owning family from the South confronts two of his former slaves just as the Civil War ends in the play “The Whipping Man,” which played at the West Coast Jewish Theatre in Los Angeles, has been produced by theater companies around the country and is now being presented by the Pasadena Playhouse.

This weekend, ‘Enter Laughing’ at the Wallis

The superlatives fall liberally and un-begrudgingly out of Carl Reiner’s mouth in praise of a musical he claims reaches new comic heights.

New Articles

Israel Has More per Capita Deaths From the Coronavirus Each Day Than the U.S.

Israel’s daily rate over the last week has been an average of 3.5 deaths per million people. The U.S. rate was 2.2 deaths per million.

VIDEO: Skirball Cultural Center Hosts One Day Only Outdoor RBG Memorial

On Friday, Sept. 25 the Skirball Cultural Center held a socially distant RBG memorial display on its front steps, to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Joe Biden Likens Donald Trump’s Rhetoric to That of Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels

"He’s sort of like Goebbels. You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge.”

AOC Withdraws From Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Event Following Pro-Palestinian Criticism

The event will be held in October by Americans for Peace Now.

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