Bill Raden is an award-winning reporter and theater critic who reviewed his first play for L.A. Weekly on a typewriter. He still keeps his manual Olivetti inked and oiled, just in case.
3 months ago | Theater
Though it would be a stretch to call Hello Stranger a Halloween horror, Sharon Yablon’s poetically pitched homecoming drama looks an awful lot like a ripping haunted house yarn. It features restive spirits tied to the unsavory history of a proverb...
4 months ago | Theater
A week before opening, You had already sold out its first seven evenings to several recording and TV stars, with the balance made up of executives from the corporate and finance worlds.
5 months ago | Theater
It takes a long memory to recall a time when Los Angeles gave the short play its due respect. Decades of skyrocketing rents, plunging government arts support and the recent loss of Actor Equity's fabled 99-Seat Plan, which made large-cast shows af...
After nearly a century of losing audiences to the convenience of more viewer-friendly forms of dramatic narrative, the theater’s existential survival has boiled down to a single defining question: What can the stage still deliver that movies, Netf...
As any Angeleno can attest, Hollywood rarely gets it as wrong as when it depicts onscreen the city that exists just outside its studio gates. And although criticizing a commercial blockbuster for its lack of verisimilitude is a bit like accusing t...
Inspired by the Colorado Gay Wedding Cake Case, The Cake Explores the Casualties of Religious Homophobia
One doesn’t need to look far for real-life parallels to the colliding worldviews that form the main ingredients for The Cake, the offbeat problem play by Bekah Brunstetter, now getting its world premiere at the Echo Theater Company. Brunstetter’s ...