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A legacy of work: Gordon Davidson

Last night at the Ahmanson Theater, Center Theater Group held a memorial for their founding artistic director, Gordon Davidson.

Theater for the new year

Anthony Byrnes previews some of the year's most intriguing upcoming performances.

It's all about the audience

Two totally different shows — one using Shakespeare, the other using a funky rock — leave me wondering, 'Why can't more theater be like this?'

It's just Tuesday

Last Thursday, a judge dismissed LA theater actors' lawsuit against their union. What does this mean and why you might not notice but we're all poorer for this outcome.

A play from before . . .

WEB BONUS: The Super Variety Match Bonus Round! at Rogue Machine Theatre, is a play from before the election with hints of what was to come but those hints aren't ready for the weight we now place on them.

Don't miss the experience of the forest (or the beauty of a single tree)

Kristy Edmunds, artistic and executive director of UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance, curatorial work captures both the unique beauty of an individual work and provides a larger context within which to understand those works. It's a deep journey and next week's 36-hour tour through Shakespeare's canon with Forced Entertainment will be a perfect example.

Don't miss the experience of the forest (or the beauty of a single tree)


Mike Pence went to the theater. A twitter storm erupts and amidst smoke and mirrors, Donald Trump issues a call to action for the theater.

A dire, urgent warning

After the election, John Robbin Baitz's play Vicuña speaks with a completely different voice. It is now a dire, urgent warning that cannot be ignored.

Getting lost in a Grimm Forest

24th Street Theatre has developed an impressive track record for complicated children's theater, but this year they get lost in a forest of their own creation.

Polling a Play's Heart

Vicuña, John Robbin Baitz's world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is going to be a radically different play in a week - not because he's going to change anything but because the country is going to change around it.

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