25 days ago | Theater
When Phylicia Rashad first agreed to direct Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an August Wilson play dealing with racial exploitation in the recording industry in 1920s Chicago, she mused about the way in. The answer, she heard herself say, was music. At f...
5 months ago | Theater
Derek DelGaudio’s new solo show at the Geffen Playhouse’s blackbox theater is a lot different from other one-man ventures. For one thing, there’s magic. And unlike the impulse to overshare that weighs down so many other autobiographical efforts, D...
6 months ago | Theater
More than any other contemporary playwright that comes to mind, Sarah Ruhl’s characters inhabit worlds wholly her own. Even when she adopts a historical setting, as with In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), her lyrical sensibility fashions hei...
7 months ago | Theater
Holly, the transgressive, tangerine-haired rocker protagonist of Bed, Sheila Callaghan's world-premiere play now onstage at Echo Theater Company, is a rare stage creature. More than once, other characters describe her as feral. Played by Kate Morg...
8 months ago | Web Series
The urgent imperative behind the title of Send Me Back to Slavery, a new web series that recently debuted on BET.com to honor Black History Month, answers a question that seems almost too provocative to ask. Assuming it were possible, why would an...
11 months ago | Theater
The Shoplifters, Morris Panych’s 2014 comedy having its West Coast premiere at the Victory Theatre in Burbank, tries to put a goofy spin on some not-so-funny topics: high-strung rookie cops, overzealous right-wing Christians and the San Andreas Fa...