Television and theater writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked) and her husband, character actor Paul Dooley (i.e. your go-to when casting the consoling dad or grandfather), seem to have one of those enviable long-term marriages. They know how to crack each other up, finish each other's sen ... More >>
Over the weekend, Improv Olympic became a Scripted Olympic. From Thursday through Sunday, Hollywood's iO West Theater hosted its first annual L.A. Scripted Comedy Festival, featuring a collection of talent from across the country showcasing sketch, variety, storytelling, stand up and short films.
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A new musical based on the work of Neil Simon has been placed in the hands of children.
This weekend, Musical Fools, a musical adaptation of Simon's 1981 Broadway comedy Fools, held its world premiere in Los Angeles. One would assume this would include a trou ... More >>
If you've read Fifty Shades of Grey and think it's about as thought-provoking as the parody cookbook Fifty Shades of Chicken, then you're sure to laugh -- intentionally -- at Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, which opens at the Grove of Anaheim, followed by Club Nokia, just before Valentine's Day, on ... More >>
An unprecedented battle of improv awesomeness took place at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater two nights ago.
Since its LA chapter opened in 2005, UCB has been hosting a Cagematch every Wednesday night at 11 p.m. Two teams compete by performing one 20-minute improv set each. They can do whateve ... More >>
A musical about World War II war brides, Tea, With Music, for which the author, Velina Hasu Houston, has added songs and music for this production, is our Pick of the Week. For all new theater reviews, see below.
This week's stage fature looks a couple of plays aiming to be light fare: Micha ... More >>
Hashtags and Twitter handles were flying at this week's four-day Digital Hollywood conference. Executives and innovators in film, television, technology and new media came to speak at more than 50 panels held in the glitzy halls of the Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey. Attendees were split between youn ... More >>
The leaves are turning, the pumpkin lattes are over-caffeinating and the comedy calendar is packing in shows and releases like snot-nosed children onto the back of a hayride wagon. Here are a few of the upcoming highlights.
their advertisements for overly organized, lavishly decorated abodes,
the catalogs of companies like Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports seem to
demand: "Who lives like this?" Like most of us, Molly Erdman has no
clue, which is why she created the parody blog Catalogliving.net and its just-publ ... More >>
There is rain the forecast this weekend, and that makes E.J. Scott nervous. He is supposed to run the 26.2-mile Los Angeles Marathon, a task that usually takes him five and a half hours. Exposure to the elements for that long is enough to make anyone a little anxious, but Scott is more worried the r ... More >>
"Did you ever have a situation where you meet somebody and you end up having a long, nerdy conversation with them?" Jordan Peele, who stars with Keegan-Michael Key in Comedy Central's new sketch show, Key & Peele, asks over the phone.
It's happened to me and has likely happened to many people readi ... More >>
The top groupies in the audience for Portlandia the Tour have been a gay couple from Napa that attended the Los Angeles show last night dressed in matching "Put a Bird on It" t-shirts. They've been to every show on the tour so far. Portlandia actors/creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are ap ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGS (after the jump)
NEW THEATER REVIEWSStage FEATURE on Merry Wives of Windsor in Topanga Canyon and Griffith ParkBrian HelmOthelloâ€‹On a care-free, car-free Carmageddon weekend, all of our critics got to their shows. Among the favorites, Lovell Estell III's warm apprai ... More >>
Courtesy of Hollywood Arts CouncilKids from Project SOAR show their artwork
Up onstage in the Los Feliz Elementary School auditorium, a group of
third-graders literally runs through an improvisational acting exercise,
the instructor having directed them to scurry at each other from
opposin ... More >>
Saturday and Sunday, Thrilling Adventure Hour, the monthly radio-meets-stage show at Largo, presents two nights of guest star-packed, more-than-an-hour performances. Yesterday, we chatted with co-creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker about the evolution of the popular show. Today, we'll hear from regul ... More >>
For more than five years, Thrilling Adventure Hour has been bringing L.A. a dose of "old-time radio." Well, sort of. Created by writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, Thrilling Adventure Hour is actually a stage show done in the style of radio. In other words, you're watching actors on stage in front o ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSCurrent STAGE FEATURE on Anton Chekhov's 150th Birthday BashTHE OTHER FESTIVALS
Running concurrently with the Hollywood Fringe (June 17-27) is Arts Olympus (June 17-20) on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
AO includes a contemporary Russian exhib ... More >>
Erin BroadleyThomas Blake at McSwiggin's Tavern, aka DragonflyWant drama? Forget the theater, give me a bar. For over two years Thomas Blake, co-producer and director of the wildly popular stage show Point Break Live!, has been turning traditional theater head over heels over bar stools with ... More >>
Check back here Monday after noon for NEW THEATER REVIEWS of Peter Shelan's speculative drama about challenging authority and Christopher Marlowe's death, The School of Night, at the Taper; Susan Kim's stage adaptation of Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, at East West Players; Peter Wing Heale ... More >>