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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

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Always, White Christmas, and God Bless America are but a few of the unforgettable additions to the American Songbook made by one of the country's, and the world's, greatest composers of popular music, Irving Berlin. And who better to relay the great music man's life story than that musical chameleon and theatrical polymath Hershey Felder?

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Flare Path

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Terence Rattigan is a notable, but now largely forgotten, British dramatist whose heyday was in the mid-twentieth century. Author of such celebrated scripts as The Browning Version (1948) and Separate Tables (1954), one of Rattigan's lesser known plays is Flare Path, written in 1941 and now in a tip-top staging under the detailed direction of Bruce Gray, at Beverly Hills' Theatre 40.

It is an absorbing story of life and love in Great Britain during World War II. The setting is the Falcon Hotel in Lincolnshire on the east coast of England. The time is 1940, and Britain is under siege by the German air force, known as the Luftwaffe.

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Dirty

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Pornography and philanthropy make for deliberately uneasy bedfellows in the West Coast premiere of Andrew Hinderaker's compelling play, Dirty. Witty, adult, and slightly dangerous, Hinderaker seems to have mastered the Shavian art of making ideas and ethical debate dramatically effective.

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Plan 9 From Outer Space

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Scripted and directed in1959 by the notoriously bad film maker Ed Wood, Plan 9 from Outer Space was originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space. Now the hammy conceit of Plan 9 is being sublimated into a wacky satire, live and onstage, at Fullerton's marvelous Maverick Theater.

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Dido/Bluebeard

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Combining Henry Purcell's miniature baroque gem, Dido and Aeneas with Bela Bartok's 20th Century primal scream, Bluebeard's Castle seems rather incongruous. Despite their musical importance, neither is frequently seen on operatic stages because their length requires that they be paired with another piece. While there are a number of other short 20th Century operas which have been successfully paired with Bluebeard, Dido is essentially sui generis.

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La Boheme

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Just in time for the holidays, Pacific Opera Project (POP) has revived their unique take on Puccini’s La Boheme, which they subtitle, The Hipsters. As you can probably guess, the production has been updated. Updating Boheme is hardly innovative. Baz Lurhmann brought his eye-popping visual sense to a glamorous 50’s interpretation and, of course, the Boheme-inspired Rent infused its bohemians with a contemporary sound and many more dramatic threads than the famously concise Puccini would ever have countenanced.

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What the Butler Saw

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In the 60s and 70s, wonderfully daring theatrical productions chock-a-block full of overt sex, drugs, and anti-authoritarianism emerged in America, Western Europe, and, finally, globally. Audiences were shocked and even offended, but many were appreciative that the sanitized 50s were finally over.

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FDR

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Our thirty-second president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was elected to serve as the country's chief executive four times (the only one to serve more than two terms in that office). During his twelve-year tenure, Roosevelt guided the nation through the Great Depression and World War Two. He is considered to be among the greatest of U.S. presidents – the Lincoln of the twentieth century.

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Handle with Care

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Up until the mid-60's small cast comedies were an important part of the Broadway economy. These shows could run for a season and make a tidy profit for the investors. As the cost of producing on Broadway rose and multi-year runs became necessary to return an investment, the smaller plays moved to Off-Broadway and regional theaters.

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Doctor Faustus

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In spite of, or perhaps because of, his short life, Christopher Marlowe lives on as a particularly intriguing Elizabethan enigma. The verifiable facts are few. The speculation surrounding his life and violent death is legion. Was he a godless atheist? A secret Catholic? A proto-James Bond in the service of Queen Elizabeth? A lover of boys? The actual author of Shakespeare's plays? These, and other theories, have been argued over the centuries.

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Spotlight

LADCC AWARD NOMINEES FOR QUALIFYING YEAR 2014 (12/1/13 – 11/30-14)

Production

Firemen, The Echo Theater.

Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions in association with Theatre Planners, Racquel Lehrman, Victoria Watson, Lynne Peck, Joe Cirincione, Ed Ryan and Robin Greenspun at The Lounge Theatre.

Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden, Cody Lassen, Jarrod Musano at Inner City Arts.

Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court.

Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions at Sacred Fools Theater.

The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.

 

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Stephen D. Rountree Named the New Managing Director of Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles

Stephen D. Rountree has been named the new Managing Director at Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the country, it was announced today by William H. Ahmanson, President of the CTG board of directors.


Rountree has served as the President and CEO of The Music Center for almost 12 years (beginning in 2002) and held the position of CEO of the Los Angeles Opera concurrently from 2008-2012. He will begin his new role at CTG on January 2, 2015.

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