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Constance Monaghan

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The Taymorization of Disney

When Julie Taymor agreed, in 1995, to direct a stage version of The Lion King (for which she also designed costumes and, with Michael Curry, masks and puppets), the challenges -- despite her having been given ”an enormous amount of free rein,“ she recalls, with both the look and the......
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Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

Photo by Kathleen Clark “I wanna stop this shit,” Rachel Rosenthal says, referring to performing — paradoxically, while performing a scene from what’s being billed as her farewell performance (Ur-Boor), — “. . . and concentrate on becoming a better person, a normal person, watching ER reruns and eating tea......

Urban Oases

It‘s never too hot to get wet and sloppy and happy. Sure, it’s 112 degrees outside (inside, too, if your apartment is smack-dab in the middle of the city, like mine), the tires on your car are melting, and the idea of a long, sweaty bus ride to Venice is......
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Dressed To Kill

Deep down in the bin of discarded scandals and media hoopla, below the Monica thing, dead Jon-Benet and whoever else held the headlines for more than a minute or two in the last few years -- among the detritus of the shot-to-fame-and-forgotten -- is an FBI Wanted poster showing the......
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BattleBots!

Photo by Constance MonaghanDAMAGE: SOME OF US LOVE L.A. NOT DESPITE ITS ROCKIN' disasters but because of them. My people. Blood 'n' guts, sparks 'n' smoke -- give us any sort of terror, be it a fizzle from a shorted wire, a wildfire in Duarte or the mosh pit at......
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Sound and Fury

HE'S MYSTERIOUS AND HE'S DEAD, AND RIGHT NOW, OF course, he's really hot. Jumping on the 400-year-old Shakespeare bandwagon is Rhino Records, famous for its pop-ephemera collections, not so famous for forays into the literary abyss. Which is where it's landed, chin deep, with its new book-and-six-CD set, Be Thou......
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Plug Me In, Turn Me On

MA, HANG ON TO YOUR BRITCHES. THIS ARTICLE IS ALL about masturbation. Sort of. Fake sex, anyway, with a real person. You know how you always complain that, when Pa's on the road with his biker gang, cybersex between the two of you just doesn't cut the mustard? How, with......