Tragicomedy ‘Archduke’ Looks at Terrorists and Shooting That Started WWI

Tragicomedy ‘Archduke’ Looks at Terrorists and Shooting That Started WWI

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian in Sarajevo touched off the first World War, according to many historians. Playwright Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke,” which opened Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum, offers a mix of history and levity while ambitiously looking at the terrorists recruited for the pre-WWI shooting. The […]

A ‘Wholehearted’ Gripping Play

A ‘Wholehearted’ Gripping Play

“The Wholehearted,” the play that opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, features a gripping portrait of a female boxer who reached the top and knows down is the only perspective left to her. A multimedia experience, the show uses video interviews, songs, physicality and a fabulous performance from Suli Holum to tell a tale […]

Race Issues Give ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ the Blues

Race Issues Give ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ the Blues

August Wilson wrote a series of 10 plays about various periods in African American life in the U.S. One of the standouts is “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Wilson’s works look at Black culture and identity, with an emphasis on race relations and injustices. His […]