KCRW's Opening the Curtain

KCRW's Opening the Curtain

  • A Dance of Specificity and Spontaneity

    Apr 15, 2014 | 4 min
    "The Suit" at UCLA is a tale of the tragedy of humiliation.
  • A Dream of Imagination

    Apr 08, 2014 | 4 min
    "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Broad Stage makes sense of Shakespeare's language and creates an enchanted world where love is both magical and terrifying.
  • An Australian Prologue

    Apr 01, 2014 | 4 min
    Unfortunately, Four Larks' "Junkyard Opera: Orpheus" only plays this week. So quickly buy a ticket and discover a hidden jewel on the edge of downtown LA.
  • Don't Circle the Wagons!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 4 min
    Is LA theater suffering from a lack of critical response, or is it no longer worthy of broad coverage because it's no longer giving voice to Los Angeles?
  • The Cult of Ensemble

    Mar 11, 2014 | 4 min
    Poor Dog Group, whose "Five Small Fires" is currently up at the Bootleg Theatre, have been something like that rare, blooming flower--often talked about but seldom seen.
  • Half Baked and a World of White

    Mar 04, 2014 | 4 min
    A look at the Wooster Group's "Cry Trojans! (Troilus and Cressida" at the RedCat, and "White" at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
  • Relentless Commitment

    Feb 25, 2014 | 4 min
    Murray Mednick turns his sights on the 15th century French poet Francois Villon, a misshapen, crooked man who carries a dagger and cudgel - and is not afraid to use them.
  • Vanya et alia

    Feb 18, 2014 | 4 min
    What's the balance between comedy and tragedy? That's always the question when you're tackling Chekhov.
  • What You Leave Out

    Feb 04, 2014 | 4 min
    "Se Llama Cristina," the Theatre at Boston Court's latest production is a perfect example of the power of subtraction and abstraction.
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    Jan 28, 2014 | 4 min
  • I Hope It's the Last Time

    Jan 21, 2014 | 4 min
    Denis O'Hare not only resurrects Homer's epic tale of war and rage, but reminds us how undeniably powerful a good story can be.
  • It Comes Down to the Comma

    Jan 14, 2014 | 4 min
    Barry McGovern takes three of Samuel Beckett's novels and boils them down into the one-man show, ?I'll Go On,? at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • What Does It Mean to Be Local?

    Jan 07, 2014 | 4 min
    The LA Weekly is cutting its theater section by roughly 70 percent, perhaps more importantly the size and frequency of critic Steven Leigh Morris' feature articles.
  • Theater for a New Year

    Dec 31, 2013 | 2 min
  • The Year's Best

    Dec 24, 2013 | 4 min
  • Theater in Beverly Hills?

    Dec 17, 2013 | 4 min
    Will the inaugural play at Beverly Hills' new theater venue give us a hint about the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' artistic mission?
  • Peter Pan Doesn't Necessarily Have to Fly

    Dec 10, 2013 | 4 min
    In this grownup's prequel, Peter Pan doesn't necessarily have to fly in order to soar.
  • Holiday Theater - Everywhere!

    Dec 03, 2013 | 4 min
    LA theaters are filled with festive holiday fare. So in the spirit of holidays both past and present, here's a quick guide to your perfect holiday theater tradition.
  • The Magic of Less

    Nov 26, 2013 | 4 min
    "Play Dead," at the Geffen, is a concoction of Teller, of Penn and Teller fame, and Todd Robbins, is a cross between a magic show, a séance, and an old school haunted house.
  • A Decade of Work

    Nov 19, 2013 | 4 min
    RedCat, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, is beginning to celebrate its 10-year anniversary and it offers a moment for reflection, a chance to look back on their decade of work.
  • Back to Class

    Nov 12, 2013 | 4 min
    Furious Theater Company transforms the intimate, upstairs theater at the Pasadena Playhouse into a classroom for their production of "Gidion's Knot."
  • Oops

    Nov 05, 2013 | 4 min
    The Stella Adler Lab Theater takes on one of Shakespeare's 'problem' plays, Titus Andronicus.
  • The Culture of Resonance

    Oct 29, 2013 | 4 min
    The plot of "Moskva," at City Garage, ranges from Satan's ball and the promise of becoming a naked queen of the night to a dialogue between Jesus and Pontius Pilate.
  • Our Invisible City

    Oct 22, 2013 | 4 min
    Director Yuval Sharon sets the new opera "Invisible Cities" within Los Angeles' Union Station, which is both the work's greatest success and most profound challenge.
  • Gone

    Oct 15, 2013 | 4 min
    Time is a double edged sword in the theater.
  • Unity

    Oct 08, 2013 | 4 min
    It's a poetic irony that a play about invasive rules might benefit from some old fashioned rules of its own.
  • Connecting the Dots

    Oct 01, 2013 | 4 min
    What's the community doing to develop and sustain its audience? What difference does a theater festival make? Or even more importantly, if it succeeded what's next?
  • A Theater on a Roll

    Sep 17, 2013 | 4 min
  • It's All about Scale

    Sep 10, 2013 | 4 min
    How do you engage the Getty Villa's architecture and scale without falling prey to it? A look at CalArts Center for New Performance's production of ?Prometheus Bound.?
  • Fall Theater Preview

    Sep 03, 2013 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes previews theatre offerings to look forward to from the Getty Villa, Boston Court Theatre, A Noise Within and Radar L.A.
  • A Feminist Rorschach Test

    Aug 27, 2013 | 4 min
    A feminist drama -- though not in the stereotypical sense -- but that all too rare species in the American Theater: a play driven by a cast of women written by a woman.
  • Zombie Soap Opera

    Aug 13, 2013 | 4 min
    What would happen if Eve got a second bite of the apple?
  • Large Casts: The Redemption of Small Theater

    Aug 06, 2013 | 4 min
    "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" is built around a simple question:  if God is all forgiving, why is Judas condemned to Hell?
  • 'Take Me Back!'

    Jul 30, 2013 | 4 min
    'A Parallelogram', Bruce Norris' new play at the Taper, is, at least conceptually, a play about time travel.
  • The Weight of History

    Jul 23, 2013 | 4 min
    Based on a historical event, playwright Kemp Powers imagines what Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown might have chatted about behind closed doors.
  • Cold Hard Cash

    Jul 16, 2013 | 4 min
    Nancy Keystone's Critical Mass Performance Group take on Euripedes. It's up at the Theatre @ Boston Court, thanks to the Getty, a funder with a vision.
  • Who's Story Is It?

    Jul 02, 2013 | 4 min
    In a spare rehearsal room, six actors, three black, three white are trying to create a show, or presentation, about an African genocide from the last century.
  • Forging Meaning

    Jun 25, 2013 | 4 min
  • Space Meet Time

    Jun 18, 2013 | 4 min
    Contemporary architecture fills the galleries at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary. If you're craving a survey of theater, the Hollywood Fringe Festival runs June.
  • Where's the Revolution?

    Jun 11, 2013 | 4 min
    The genius of Neva, written and directed by Chilean Guillermo Calderón, is it captures not only Chekhov's gift for theater but also what's happening outside the theater.
  • So Much Has Changed?

    May 28, 2013 | 4 min
    The mysterious death of an American soldier in Iraq lays the groundwork for Christopher Shinn's intimate, character-driven piece at Rogue Machine Theatre.
  • An American Classic

    May 21, 2013 | 4 min
    "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Taper not only does honor to Mr. Wilson's words and legacy, but gives us a hint at how his plays are going to age and grow.
  • Breaking Boundaries or Thank God for Repressive Gender Roles

    May 14, 2013 | 4 min
    If you're a fan of the formally daring and witty, you need to see Theatre Movement Bazaar's riff on Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
  • Sleeping with the Help

    May 07, 2013 | 4 min
    Neil LaBute's adaptation of August Strindberg "Miss Julie" is going to be a tough ticket to get in the Geffen's small space. So, like they say on TV, 'act now.'
  • Trailer Park Ulysses

    Apr 30, 2013 | 4 min
    There's something about "Annapurna," Sharr White's play starring Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman at the Odyssey Theater, that's satisfying like comfort food.
  • Why?

    Apr 23, 2013 | 4 min
    Two brothers. Foreign born. They are angry. Maybe at the government. Maybe not. Sounds disturbingly like Boston, right?
  • Trust the Actor

    Apr 16, 2013 | 4 min
    Actor Brian Finney's performance in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness at the Actors' Gang shouldn't be missed.
  • Theater Journalism: Size Matters

    Apr 09, 2013 | 4 min
    In theater/journalism, size matters!
  • The Value of Consequences

    Mar 26, 2013 | 4 min
    "The Nether," Los Angeles playwright Jennifer Haley's world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater, is seductive. It's a play about complicated ideas.
  • Balancing Shaw

    Mar 19, 2013 | 4 min
    The Antaeus Company makes a valiant effort with their production of "Mrs. Warren's Profession" revealing both the charms and challenges of Shavian style.
  • Defined by Disability?

    Mar 12, 2013 | 4 min
    "Tribes" is a complicated play about language, meaning, listening and deafness whose tragedy is one of unrealized promise, of not taking the next step in the conversation.
  • Horsing Around

    Mar 05, 2013 | 4 min
    Calling Cavalia's "Odysseo" a horse circus doesn't quite do it justice. Think Cirque du Soleil meets equestrian event.
  • And Some Things Change...

    Feb 26, 2013 | 4 min
    While death is the catalyst for the play, at its heart "Walking a Tightrope" is sweet tale of a grandfather trying his best and a little girl growing up.
  • Showcasing the Dark Side

    Feb 19, 2013 | 4 min
    Playwright Gary Lennon?s new play, "A Family Thing," at the Echo Theater Company, features people showcasing the dark side of themselves, a sort of wish fulfillment...
  • The Black Art of Dramaturgy

    Feb 12, 2013 | 4 min
    It's easy to see what attracted Boston Court Theater to playwright David Wiener's play, "Cassiopeia."
  • Remembering John

    Jan 30, 2013 | 4 min
    The company that created "Ganesh versus the Third Reich" is, in their own words, "a company driven by an ensemble of?actors perceived to have intellectual disabilities."
  • A Company's Growing Pains

    Jan 22, 2013 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes reviews Theatre Movement Bazaar's latest piece, "Track 3," which tackles Chekhov?s "Three Sisters."
  • Damn Ephemerality!

    Jan 15, 2013 | 4 min
    Now typically when I talk about the ephemeral quality of theater, it?s something I?m celebrating. It?s part of what makes theater so magical and essential. Theater can?t be repackaged in a ?best of? box set or re-released in 3d. You need to be there in the room or . . . well . . . you missed it. And that?s the flip side to that magic.
  • Financial Times

    Jan 09, 2013 | 4 min
    It?s been a tough couple of years, a sort of family recession for Nora. Looking back, it all started when her husband left his job. He couldn?t find another. Really there was nothing out there. Then he got sick, really sick. There were some major medical bills to be paid. Nora didn?t know what to do. She had to find a way to get the money. She had to save her husband. But how?
  • Theater for a New Year

    Jan 01, 2013 | 4 min
  • Best of 2012

    Dec 25, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony reflects on ten plays that made LA's life richer in 2012.
  • Six Voices

    Dec 19, 2012 | 4 min
    Take a break from the holiday chaos and treat yourself to the Fiasco Theater Company's production of Shakespeare's "Cymbaline" at the Broad Stage.
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    Dec 11, 2012 | 4 min
  • Listen

    Dec 11, 2012 | 1 min
    Nothing brings out family dysfunction quite like the holidays, does it? That's where Jon Robbin Baitz's play, "Other Desert Cities," at the Mark Taper Forum begins.
  • We, The Audience

    Dec 04, 2012 | 4 min
    Remember the last time you fell in love with a really good book?
  • A Commercial Formula

    Nov 27, 2012 | 4 min
    Take the best tunes from a director who turns out films with great soundtracks, cast talented singers with great pipes and you've got Rockwell's "For the Record."
  • Rapture Anyone?

    Nov 26, 2012 | 4 min
    A quirky, beautifully acted dark comedy set in the break room of a craft supply store - the Hobby Lobby. The twist is a new employee who wants the Rapture to happen now.
  • A Civic Voice for the Theater

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes recalls Anna Deveare Smith's one-woman show "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992" and the role of theater in the civic dialogue of the city.
  • A Greek Betrayal

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on the production of Boston Court Theatre's production of Michael Elyanow's Medea, as told through the eyes of children...
  • 99% Farce, 1% Satire

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    What?s the difference between farce and satire?
  • A Process with Integrity

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    The Cornerstone Theater's latest production is produced in partnership with Father Greg Boyle and the Home Girl Cafe, which trains former gang members to run a restaurant.
  • Behind an Actor's Eyes

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart?s new play at Sacred Fools is deeply indebted to silent films in ways that make it both as rich and as frustrating as its source.
  • A painter's pas de deux

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    At the heart of the play ?Red?, two men stand before a massive canvas. It?s center stage in Mark Rothko?s cavernous studio. The blank expanse towers before the artist and his young assistant. As the young man pours thick red paint into two galvanized buckets, Rothko, played by Alfred Molina, drops the needle on TLU.
  • An Evil Metaphor

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on the theater version of "The Exorcist," currently up at the Geffen Playhouse.
  • The Alchemy of Experience

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on Murray Mednick's play within a play, which embodies the wonderful alchemy possible when a lifetime of craft is mixed with a still youthful experimentation with form.
  • The Evidence Room Is Back

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on the Evidence Room's quirky production of Ivanov at the Odyssey Theater.
  • Does LA Need a Fringe?

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes poses the question, "Does LA really need a fringe festival in the first place?"
  • A Crown? Or a Tiara?

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    If you're looking for a traditional MacBeth look elsewhere. If you want a 50-minute darkly sexual, inappropriately funny, thrill ride, don't miss this one.
  • Two Languages at War

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on a simple 'boy and his horse' story and the theatrical magic created by the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Handspring Puppet Company.
  • Rodney King: The First Reality TV Star

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Whether we like it or not, Rodney King looms as a mythic and complicated figure in Los Angeles history. In the words of Roger Guenveur Smith, 'the first reality TV star.'
  • Irising Down on the Details

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes reviews 'Los Otros,' which plays at the Mark Taper Forum downtown through July 1.
  • Amateur Virtuosity

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on a hipster magic show at the Kirk Douglas Theater that answers the age old question, what do you get when you mix grape Kool-Aid with the Dalai Lama.
  • Quantity or Quality?

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Chalk Repertory Theatre pairs up with the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and does site-specific 10-minute plays in the museum, at night, for three weekends.
  • Seven Hours

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes says LA's upcoming theater season offers a rich menu of productions, including a seven hour production of...
  • A World Untethered

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes calls the Studium Teatralne's American premiere of "The King of Hearts Is Off Again" at the Odyssey Theatre a rare moment in theater.
  • Tentacle Erotica?

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Playwright Stephen Yockey take?s a classic fairytale, gives it a modern spin and adds a helping of lust...
  • To Pillage

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Anthony Byrnes on Chuck Mee's ethos, his [re]making project, and the wonderful 'pillaging' in his "Orestes 3.0:Inferno," a world premiere at City Garage.
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    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
  • The Magic of a Little Fishing Line

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice becomes the backbone for Sarah Ruhl's 'Eurydice,' a story of love and about the inevitable act of letting go of the things we love.
  • A Study in Manipulation

    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min
    When's the last time you saw a musical about torture? The world premiere of "Bad Apples" is a disturbing but powerful look at the Abu Ghraib scandal.
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    Nov 14, 2012 | 4 min

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