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Stately and rumpled, Stephen Sondheim descended from an upper floor of his elegant East Side townhouse and submitted to the interview as though it were a necessary barber shop shave. He's used to these intrusions — the artist obliged to natter on...
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short...
Tags: Benvenuto Cellini, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Music, Tony Awards
Special to the Los Angeles TimesOn a windy, showery February evening midway through our 16-night cruise from Laem Chabang, Thailand, to Shanghai, my wife, Laurel, and I stood on the balcony of our stateroom aboard the Ocean Princess, berthed at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula. Across...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Widower's Tale A Novel Julia Glass Pantheon: 402 pp., $25.95 The outspokenly fuddy-duddy 70-year-old patriarch at the center of "The Widower's Tale," Julia Glass' class-consciousness-raising new novel, is a recently retired Harvard librarian named...
Tags: Norman Rockwell, Migration, Oncology, Health, Politics
The Laguna Playhouse is gearing up to celebrate its 90th (that's right, 90th) season in 2010-11, but somehow it won't be quite the same as the past 20. Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's popular and highly skilled artistic director, who has held the...
Tags: David Mamet
Seated around a large table during the first week of rehearsal for "The Night Is a Child," director Sheldon Epps guides his actors' investigation of a scene between an American woman and the hotel owner she encounters in Brazil. He asks them about the...
Culture MonsterGeorge Clooney has three new movies making the international festival rounds -- "Up in the Air," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats" -- but maybe what he really wants to do is return to the stage.......
Pop & Hiss"This is a song full of metaphors," Robbie Williams sneers over some dusted-off mid-1970s guitar crunch in the party anthem "Do You Mind," which comes right in the middle of this bullishly diverse album. What song isn't? Dwelling on the......
Jacket CopyThis week in our pages, Kris Lindgren reviewed the new graphic novel interpretation of Bob Dylan's songs in "Bob Dylan Revisited." She's impressed with some of the art -- but might be just as happy listening to an old album.......
Culture MonsterLooking for a drama that will provide psychologically complex characters, sparkling dialogue and a resonant emotional payoff, all packaged in an intriguing plot that takes less than 90 minutes to unfold? Terence Rattigan’s “The Browning Version,”...
Culture MonsterThe Jersey Boys do it. Estelle Parsons does it regularly in "August: Osage County." Practically every actor who's been in a Noel Coward play has done it too. Smoking onstage by performers is a commonplace occurrence that most theater professionals......
Culture MonsterOver the past half-century, Bennett has produced a slew of pieces for stage, screen and printed page that provide telling portraits -- thoughtful, funny, poignant and bawdy -- of the English and English life. His mega-hit "The History Boys" opened......
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