Arts & Entertainment


Politics, music, drama alive on death row in "Scottsboro Boys"

In a grotesque political season, Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow) brings entertainment to politics in a way that, for all the pain and tragedy of the story, allows us to enjoy it aesthetically, energizing us to think critically and engage an unpleasant world from which we might naturally want to turn away.


“Blueprint for Paradise”: A polished drama about Nazis for our time

The ruins of the Murphy Ranch, an abandoned pre-WWII Nazi compound in Pacific Palisades, have inspired a new play.


“The Suitcase”: Europe’s and America’s Holocausts seen from the Shawng Zeleezay

The ambitious Echo Theater Company is now staging the United States premiere of a surrealistic Polish play about the Holocaust.


Down with the Republic! Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" in Topanga

Ellen Geer tackles a tragedy written in 1594 set in ancient Rome, resets it in the future, and does so as comment on contemporary America.


Two plays about “command rape” - in war and in the office

Two plays about how men use rape to exert power over the women they conquer, command, and employ.


“Recorded in Hollywood”: Black musical pioneer John Dolphin’s story on stage

We simply cannot accept that Recorded in Hollywood might close and never be heard from again. It has Broadway lights twinkling all over it. 


Molière’s madcap merriment amuses

"The Imaginary Invalid" pokes fun at doctors and the class system with ribald humor.


Anti-slavery classic revived for the stage as “Tom”

A nineteenth-century American classic, re-imagined for the stage as a tale of racial injustice.


Romeo and Juliet jinxed in East Jerusalem

Emotions run high in this version of Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, set in one of today's flashpoints of international strife.


“Home/Sick” stages the 1970s Weathermen movement with explosive impact

In the waning days of the Vietnam War, democracy itself seemed to have ground to a halt. A newly re-staged play delves into that period.

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