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Unrelenting Drama?

There's no question that Steven Berkoff's production of The Hairy Ape is good. The question is, is it engaging?

The Bodies Tell as Much of a Story as the Words

The Day Shall Declare It is a site-specific dance-theater piece not to be missed.

Taking Responsibility

Dry Land is not a play for everyone. At its center is a teenage abortion. That's difficult territory but playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel takes responsibility for it in all its power and messiness.

Shakespeare's Black Man

Charles A. Duncombe's play Othello/Desdemona is provocative ... if predictable. He's caught Othello in an identity crisis about his role and his blackness and it's intellectually fascinating if not dramatically compelling.

Mark It

If you only have time for one play this spring, the Taper's production of Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars is it.

Our Problem Presents Itself

This week I want to tell you about two great shows...trouble is they've already left town. What does that tell us about LA's citywide audience and our presenting houses?

A Nourishing Question

What does a play about sexual identity in colonial Africa have to do with Los Angeles today?

A Canary in a Bigger Coal Mine

Remember last year's dispute between union stage actors and Actors' Equity? Well, things are heating up again and it might be time to start paying attention.

What We've Lost

With Pocatello, Rogue Machine Theater returns to Samuel D. Hunter's small town, Idaho, this time with the closing of an olive garden. But the play's less about the closing of a chain restaurant and more about the loss of a way of life.

Don't Even Ask Her about Dressing!

Based on an Internet meme of the same name, Sheila Callaghan's Women Laughing Alone with Salad attempts satire but ends up wading through the greens.

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