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Jenny Lower

In Southern California

How Southern California's Greek Community Stays in Touch With Its Roots

Two summers ago, when Kyriaki Tsigkounis returned to Greece after five years away, she was eager to rekindle her rapport with her cousins. One commonality that helped smooth over the awkward period? Greek folk dance. Since she was 6, Tsigkounis has been learning regional dances at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox......
Derek DelGaudio's In  Credit: Jeff Lorch Photography

A Magician Enlists Frank Oz and Mark Mothersbaugh for His One-Man Show

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, DelGaudio cloaks his personal storytelling in mythological allusions and tall-tale imagery, casting......
In Stage Kiss

Why Do Co-Stars Fall in Love? Sarah Ruhl Has a Theory

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 heightened realities, where a house of string or a dead man’s......
Jasika Nicole plays Lila on Send Me Back to Slavery.; Credit: Courtesy the filmmakers

A New Web Series About Time Travel Asks a Controversial Question

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 any sane person want to return to such......
Phyllis (Wendy Johnson) and Alma (Kathleen Bailey) get caught by grocery store security guards while trying to hide steaks between their legs.; Credit: Tim Sullens

The Shoplifters Is an Undercooked Commentary on Haves and Have-Nots

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 Fault–sized gap between the rich and poor. This last point is epitomized by......
The profoundly satisfying '57 Chevy

Ric Salinas Is Magnetic as He Rides to the American Dream in '57 Chevy

Though the Latino Theater Company’s newest production never delves into contemporary politics, it’s hard to imagine a more direct or effective counter-narrative to the kind of xenophobic propaganda that so often dominates immigration debates. ’57 Chevy presents Emmy-winning writer Cris Franco’s first-person account of his family’s legal relocation from Mexico......