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The Architecture of Antaeus Theatre Company

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“Theatre isn’t just about us. It’s about serving the community. We are here to serve.” ~John Sloan The room is quiet. Empty. Just myself and Co-Artistic Directors John Sloan and Bill Brochtrup (Rob Nagle was not available) are seated in the atheneum, where everything from meetings to rehearsals to classes are conducted. There’s privacy. So it’s not a normal day. Routine, as both men vividly describe, are laughable, theatrical antics that tend to overlap in the compressed space. How ...

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Letter to the Editor: The Price of Success on Broadway

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I’ve been enjoying all the great things in the media about the show “Hamilton” on Broadway (and love the soundtrack). It seems to be a pretty special show. But I’d also like to tell you why “Hamilton” is special in a bad way. It is such a phenomenon that ticket sales went through the roof. That’s a great thing. I’ve got no problem with that. ...

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Colorize Thy World: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Bard

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There’s a modern myth stating that modern audiences won’t appreciate art unless it’s created in modern technology.  The art must be accessible to the audience.  So films are colorized.  Or recropped for a widescreen.  Or re-released in 3-D. So says the modern myth. Imagine we needed to repaint the Sistine Chapel because Michelangelo didn’t have Prussian or cobalt blue on his palette.  Ridiculous, right?  Painting ...

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The Bronco.  The Glove.  The Juice.

October 3rd, 2015 marked twenty years since the world tuned in to watch O.J. Simpson receive his “not guilty” verdict.  The drama surrounding the trial was intoxicating with twists and turns which shocked the courtroom on a daily basis.  But, despite being a memorable courtroom drama, O.J.’s trial shed a light once again on race, police brutality and what it means to have a fair ...

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Letter to the Editor: Sticks and Stones

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If Britain had defeated its colonies in the war for American Independence, we’d all be speaking English today. More soberly, the word “patriot” would have a very different historical connotation. In revolutionary-era colonial America, that word was up for grabs, to be applied to the side that eventually won. At the time, “Whigs” were rebels, and traitors to the crown, while “Tories” were loyalists to ...

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A Conversation with Vanessa and French Stewart

Vanessa and French Stewart

Vanessa:  French thinks of LA Theater like farming. I think of it like cooking. Both metaphors are about creating something from nothing.  Growing up in the kitchens of Louisiana, I would try one of my mother’s recipes over and over again until I got it right. And getting it right meant people walking away from the dinner table having experienced something special. No wonder that ...

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Cousin Gary

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My mother and father always referred to him as “Cousin Gary.”  I’m not sure why the family-tree relationship became a permanent part of his moniker.   Perhaps it was a reminder that his father and my father’s father were cousins. It may also have referenced the improbability of his friendship with my father.  My father had voted for Richard Nixon in every presidential election until 1980 ...

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The Art of The Intimate

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“I know it’s 4 weeks away, but I wanted to tell you that CDs, even a boxed set, are not the kind of a birthday present you give to someone you are intimate with.” It was 7:16 am Sunday morning and I was lying in bed, asleep, next to her.  I try to fight my way to full consciousness. “Huh?” was all I could muster. ...

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Schindler and Neutra are “The Princes of Kings Road”

Lovel House architect Richard Neutra

It’s impossible to drive anywhere in Los Angeles and not notice the eclectic architecture is as ubiquitous as the palm trees. From Old Pasadena’s distinctive masonry to the steel high-rises sprouting up like weeds in regentrified areas, part of the city’s charm is in the pioneering flair towards individualistic design, if not, like its residents, relentlessly competing for attention. Two architects, Richard Neutra and Rudolph ...

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Celebration Theatre: Welcome to the Hood!

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Within 15 minutes of Celebration Theatre announcing the location of its new home, the Lex Theatre at Lexington Ave & McCadden, Hollywood Theatre Row, artistic director Michael Shepperd was immediately greeted by a welcome email from Jon Imparato at the Los Angeles LGBT Center right down the street. He very subsequently also received a direct order:  “Come to one of my shows…(expletive)!” — a largely ...

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