Arts & Entertainment

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On FX’s “Tyrant” cruelty is normal

The first review I read said that "Tyrant" was overly cruel and sadistic. Isn't the justification for adult programs that go beyond normal bounds that all the mayhem is necessary to tell the story?

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A triumphant must-see show about Paul Robeson

Daniel Beaty doesn't miss a beat in his one-man tribute to African American Paul Robeson, the son of a runaway slave who went on to become an actor, activist and Renaissance Man.

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Families react to tragedy in "August: Osage County" and "Nebraska"

By now, we should be convinced that Meryl Streep can do anything, but we've never seen her do ugly like this!

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"The Lion in Winter" delivers royal drama with rip-roaring wit

John Rafter Lee and Diane Hurley deliver bravura turns as the title character and his imprisoned, estranged wife Eleanor.

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"Awake and Sing!": Classic proletarian theater, so timely

Newcomers to the work of Clifford Odets, the Group Theatre's greatest dramatist, as well as longtime fans familiar with this avatar of proletarian theater, are in for a treat at North Hollywood's Lonny Chapman Theatre.

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Che Guevara of antiquity on stage in "Prometheus Bound"

Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound is this southern California theater season's exceptional undertaking of transcendent artistry with insight into and about the human condition and spirit.

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"Red": Abstract art's odd couple makes great drama

John Logan's multiple Tony Award-winning Red is a theatrical time machine that transports audiences back to those heady days when abstract expressionism was the vogue.

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Cop show reveals the U.S.-Mexico divide

What makes "The Bridge" fascinating is not only its characters, but what is going on behind them.