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Archive for December 2014 – Page 2

THE MAGNIFICENT DUNBAR HOTEL at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Tomoko Matsushita

Photo by Tomoko Matsushita

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Levy Lee Simon’s play celebrates the life and times of The Dunbar Hotel, on Los Angeles’s Central Avenue. As a luxury hotel serving the African-American community at a time when poverty and discrimination made most black-oriented hotels shabby and lacking in even basic amenities, it soon became a revered institution hosting black celebrities, and offering a venue for black musicians, jazz-men and performers, including Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong — many of them appearing as characters in Simon’s play. Read more…

Now running through Dec. 21.


The Artist-With-Kids Conundrum — 150 Years Ago



Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Most people familiar with theater history have heard of Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. Fewer recognize the name Gabrielle Réjane, a French actress and international megastar whose career spanned 1874 to 1920, during which time she toured Britain, Russia, North and South America, as well as her native France.

Ilana Turner’s first play, O Réjane, currently playing at the Bootleg Theatre in Westlake through December 6, brings the French muse back to the stage. Read more…

Now running through Dec. 6.