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Don Shirley
Theater in Greater Los Angeles
Created 14 Mar 2021
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  • Comebacks for Pasadena Playhouse and St. Clare. A big boom backs boomers into a bind.
    19 Nov 2021 • 10 min read
    Theatergoers throughout the LA area should be “head over heels” about the first public re-opening, since COVID struck, of the nearly century-old Pasadena Playhouse. But some of them will use their hee...
  • Fumbles at two flagships. A frustrating finale for a lustrous 'Fair Lady'.
    21 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Greater LA’s flagship theater companies — Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles County and South Coast Repertory in Orange County — entered the fall with fizzles instead of fizz. Center Theatre Group’s ...
  • Troubies Streak Through Greek Week
    29 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Troubies and their in-person audiences are fervently connected to each other. If you were to read a script by Troubadour Theater’s resident auteur Matt Walker without having already seen the live prod...
  • The Miranda decision -- how to refresh 'Hamilton' for its tenth birthday
    08 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    “You’ll Be Back.” That’s the title of the catchiest, karaoke-friendliest song in “Hamilton.” But I’ll guess that those words also went through the minds of almost everyone who was affected by the sudd...
  • A tempest before 'The Tempest'. A tale of two towns.
    20 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    The show must go on? Surely this is the least accurate cliché in the American theater – considering that thousands of shows did not go on as previously scheduled, within the past 18 months of COVID. N...
  • Outdoor outings. The drama of waiting.
    28 Jul 2021 • 7 min read
    Most of this summer’s theater outings are outdoors, thanks to the greater fear of COVID indoors. But there are plenty of differences among alfresco venues. I recently discussed how the small Fountain ...
  • Actors and audiences -- a simultaneous organism
    14 Jul 2021 • 9 min read
    In the flesh. In person. Face to face. No matter how you say it, the simultaneous union of actors and audiences in physical space is the most vital quality of “theater” – or, for those so inclined, “t...
  • Rise and shine, LA theater
    19 Jun 2021 • 7 min read
    Theater in Los Angeles hasn’t been completely asleep during the pandemic. Behind the scenes, theater makers are contemplating who might replace the city’s most prominent artistic director — and what m...
  • Theater in Greater Los Angeles
    14 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to Angeles Stage. This is a new and completely free incarnation of a column of commentary that I’ve written for years in other publications, now adapted for the Substack era. For those of you ...
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