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 […]

‘Zoot Suit’ Return to L.A. Looks Fresh in Today’s Troubled Times [Review]

‘Zoot Suit’ Return to L.A. Looks Fresh in Today’s Troubled Times [Review]

Nearly 40 years after its world premiere, “Zoot Suit’s” look at prejudice and racial tension looked fresh and relevant in today’s politically troubled times in its return to the Los Angeles stage the week of Feb. 16, 2017. In celebration of the Mark Taper Forum’s 50th season, the song-filled play, which was originally commissioned and developed […]

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 […]