Review: Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave Collaborate for ‘Blue Nights’

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave

“When we talk about mortality we are talking about our children.” This powerful sentence appears frequently in Joan Didion’s haunting 2011 memoir, Blue Nights, and was repeated a number of times at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC on Monday evening during a special one-night-only reading from the book by renowned actress Vanessa Redgrave. Blue Nights is the acclaimed and characteristically evocative follow-up to MORE

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave Reunite For One-Night-Only!

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave

Joan Didion and Vanessa Redgrave are teaming up again. Seven years after Redgrave starred in the one-woman Broadway adaptation of Didion’s National Book Award winning memoir The Year of Magical Thinking, the duo are reuniting for a staged reading of Blue Nights. Taking place on November 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, this one-night-only event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Cathedral Community MORE

Five Reasons Not To Miss ‘The Country House’ on Broadway

The Country House

Broadway is no stranger to plays that pay tribute to Anton Chekhov. Donald Margulies’ The Country House, the latest offering from the Manhattan Theatre Club, is easily the wittiest homage to the prolific Russian playwright since the outrageous Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Taking place all under one roof, this new play follows the reunion of a family at their summer house one year after the death of one of their immediate members. MORE

Don’t miss Cicely Tyson–LIVE ON STAGE–6 performances left!

The Trip To Bountiful

These past few weeks have been insanely busy for me, between my day job over in the valley and everything else I have going on ... this past month I didn't know whether I was coming or going! A couple of weeks ago I attended the official opening night (in Los Angeles held at DTLA's Ahmanson Theatre–seated behind Judith Light!) of the critically-acclaimed revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote's The Trip To Bountiful which was first MORE

Ten Must-See Broadway Shows To Catch This Fall!

Side Show

You Can’t Take It With You STARRING: James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen, Fran Kranz, Elizabeth Ashley, Johanna Day, Byron Jennings, and Reg Rogers WHEN: Now through January 4, 2015 WHERE: Longacre Theatre / youcanttakeitwithyoubroadway.com WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: In her dazzling Broadway debut, Rose Byrne (Damages) continues to show off the comedic chops she displayed in Bridesmaids and Neighbors. With a cast MORE

Catch ‘Marjorie Prime’ at DTLA’s Mark Taper Forum

Marjorie Prime

Last weekend I attended the official opening night for the world premiere of Brooklyn-born playwright Jordan Harrison's new play, Marjorie Prime (directed by Les Waters). It was held at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum (playing now through October 19) located in downtown Los Angeles' Music Center–the Taper is easily one of the most intimate venues in Southern California. The cast of four was lead by the incredible Lois Smith–who MORE

‘We Will Rock You’ electrifies Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre

We Will Rock You

Recently I attended the Los Angeles premiere of We Will Rock You, which is playing at downtown's Ahmanson Theatre (now through August 24th), and to be honest my expectations were quite low. The show had been running for over a decade in London's West End theatre district, and some of the reviews I found were not exactly kind. Yet by the end of We Will Rock You (featuring the legendary music of Queen), the extravagant and over the top production MORE

Don’t miss Michael Urie in ‘Buyer & Cellar’ in LA!

Buyer & Cellar

I had only heard fab things about the off Broadway play, Buyer & Cellar, starring cutie Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame–who else misses that show?), so I was thrilled to hear Michael would be reprising his role here in Los Angeles. Last weekend I attended the official opening night at Center Theatre Group's intimate Mark Taper Forum, and I'm happy to report that show was everything I thought it would be–and more! Buyer & Cellar tells the MORE

Don’t miss Audra McDonald in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the slightest bit skeptical when I heard that Audra McDonald had been cast as Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. While the five-time Tony Award winner is unarguably a living stage legend and colossal talent, McDonald is a Juilliard-trained soprano whose many opera credits made me wonder if she could reel her enormous voice in to pull off the husky and distinct MORE

‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ was incredible!

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The other night I attended the opening night of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess at Center Theatre Group's downtown Ahmanson Theatre. The very same Broadway production that nabbed the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical back in 2012. Being a huge musical aficionado, I've always wanted to see a production of Porgy and Bess which was first performed almost eighty years ago back in 1935. With music by the legendary George Gershwin and lyrics by MORE

‘Pushing Daisies’ might be coming back … as a musical!

Pushing Daisies

About five years ago, Pushing Daisies was canceled after the writers' strike, and I swore never to become emotionally invested in another television show again. I have not upheld that promise, but still, it stings. Anyway, there's a bit of good news! Half a decade later, Pushing Daisies may be returning as a Broadway musical! Broadway World reports ... A stage musical adaptation of the short-lived but beloved cult TV series Pushing Daisies is MORE

Don’t miss Christine Ebersole in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Last weekend I was attending the opening night of the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Christopher Durang's comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, here in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum. I had already heard great things about the play when it was running on Broadway last year, so I was really excited to finally check it out for myself. Already being a fan of Durang's work, I had a feeling I would enjoy MORE

‘Twist Your Dickens’ this holiday season!

Twist Your Dickens

If you're looking for something fun to do this holiday season, you simply can't miss improvisational comedy group The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens! which is now playing at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre (an awesome and intimate venue) through December 29th, presented by the Center Theatre Group. I attended the official opening night this past week and had a total blast with my good pal Tina. I saw the show (which takes MORE

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is pure magic!

Peter and the Starcatcher

I've been dying to see Peter and the Starcatcher ever since it took home five Tony Awards in 2012, and this past week I finally had my chance when it opened at downtown Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre. I heard such great things about the play (sprinkled with some clever musical elements), billed as a grownup's prequel to Peter Pan, based on a 2006 novel, and I was not disappointed at all, it was just as amazing and joyful as I had hoped! The MORE