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'Book of Mormon,' 'Chimerica' win at Olivier Awards in London

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:12pm
The play "Chimerica" and the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" were the big winners Sunday at the Laurence Olivier Awards in London. The annual awards — Britain's equivalent of the Tony Awards — were held at the Royal Opera House and featured a celebrity-heavy guest list of talent from both sides of the Atlantic.

Keeping Handspring Puppet Company's creations in good repair

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:00pm
Backstage: Handspring Puppet Company's puppets take a beating in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Broad Stage. Here's a closer look.

Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warning, pop — it just fell off.

History on stage: My, but the past looks a lot like today

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00am
Critic's Notebook: Plays based on history are big this year. England has adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Henry VIII novels; we have the LBJ play 'All the Way.' In them, we see parallels to the present.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — The history play, that genre that at its best transcends the oft-quoted line in Shakespeare's "Richard II" — "let us sit upon the ground, And tell sad stories of the death of kings" — is making a striking comeback in Britain.

Festival of Books: Artists' Row enters the literary feast's frame

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 7:00am
Art aficionados planning to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend will be able to watch artists create works live on the USC site as well as hear the many assembled writers.

San Diego Opera hires Mark Fabiani to handle crisis publicity

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:03pm
San Diego Opera has enlisted the spin expertise of Mark Fabiani -- the  former deputy mayor of Los Angeles and former special counsel to President Bill Clinton -- to handle the company's public relations as it faces mounting criticism over its decision to shut down.

Coachella 2014: Phillip K. Smith's 'Reflection Field' lights desert

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:22pm
Artist Phillip K. Smith plays with color, light and space in a Coachella festival installation designed to paint the sky red, green and so much more.

INDIO, Calif. — In the sprawl of desert scrub brush and freeway ramps that is this industrial part of Indio, the sun burns brightly in a barren office park. Light and shadows flash off the scorched asphalt, and the landscape is a spare palette of dusty brown, faded green and gray.

Public art project 'Coachella Walls' unites muralists

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:16pm
Some of the most colorful art at Coachella this year will be on view outside the music and arts festival.

Art review: 'Floral Journey' at Autry shows beadwork with deep meaning

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:00pm
The exquisite beadwork in 'Floral Journey' at Autry National Center has messages about the beliefs, struggles of Native Americans.

Unless one is Native American, getting a grasp of complex Native American spiritual cosmologies is not easy. And that distinction, which might be called a quality of profound otherness, is in essence what drives a fascinating show recently opened at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park.

'Bullets Over Broadway' musical by Woody Allen opens in New York

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:31am
"Bullets Over Broadway," the new musical by Woody Allen that he adapted from his own 1994 movie, opened Thursday at the St. James Theatre in New York amid lingering media speculation surrounding the writer-director's personal life.

Review: Life's clock is wondrously reset in 'Time and the Conways'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:30am
SAN DIEGO -- Social commentary, familial relationships and quantum theory collide in “Time and the Conways” at the Old Globe, and the results are as formidable as they are engrossing.

Review: Simplicity of 'The Suit' belies its power

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:00am
Music review: Director Peter Brook's gracious mix of music, motion and speech artfully conveys the horrors of apartheid and humiliation.

The earth did quake; the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. Then peace was made with God as Jesus' body came to rest. That peace, and with it the ability to notice beauty in all things, is expressed in the last aria of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," which begins with the text, "Make thyself clean, my heart."

Review: 'Bullets Over Broadway' misses the bull's-eye

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:05pm
A flashy adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film 'Bullets Over Broadway' illuminates the stage, yet the singing, acting and writing seem out of whack.

NEW YORK — "Don't speak! Don't speak!"

L.A. artist Betye Saar wins art colony medal, joining elite club

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:56pm
Los Angeles artist Betye Saar has won the 2014 Edward MacDowell Medal, a lifetime achievement award given by America’s oldest artists’ colony, joining an elite roster of honorees dating back to 1960.

SFMoMA to open massive photography center in 2016

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:40pm
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will open a new photography center in 2016 that leaders are saying will be the largest exhibition space for photography in any art museum in the United States.

Critic's pick: Anne LeBaron portrait concerts

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:36am
Los Angeles composers complain, often with cause, about the difficulty of getting attention on their home turf. Some hope a move to Brooklyn will help them be noticed. Anne LeBaron, who has been at California Institute of the Arts for the last 13 years, does far better than most.

Painting may have been tossed in trash just after selling for millions

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:48am
The security guard is an art critic?

L.A. theater openings, April 13-20: 'The Tallest Tree in the Forest' and more

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:00am
Celebrations of legendary performers abound when Frank Ferrante plays Groucho Marx, Annette Bening salutes Ruth Draper, and Daniel Beaty portrays Paul Robeson. Plus, a return engagement for a rememberance of Gene Kelly.

Blair Underwood to star in 'Othello' at Old Globe in San Diego

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:30am
Blair Underwood will be adding some star power to the Old Globe's annual summer lineup of plays by William Shakespeare.

Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:15am
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella marathon is part of the orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox Festival.

Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns.

Magic breaks the spell of 'The Tempest' in Vegas

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:00am
Theater Review: Dazzling production overwhelms Shakespeare's poetry even as extraordinary music vainly seeks to unify story and spectacle.

LAS VEGAS — Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews.