Steve is a 5-tool writer (plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, journalism) who has had 11 books published, 10 plays produced, and has written for the New York Times “Arts & Leisure”, Village Voice, New Republic, and many others. He is one of the few people on the planet who can lay claim to spending time with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, as well as so many other extraordinary people who refused to color inside the lines. He is always on the lookout for the original and the incisive.

INTIMATE AND TWISTED - LOVE, THE STRINDBERG WAY

 

BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO'S - two more shows at the Whitefire!

This very funny show originated at the 2017 Fringe and has moved to the Whitefire Theatre on Ventura Blvd, where it has two more performances.  Here is my coverage from last summer:  "While a parody of...

THREE QUICK HIPSTER TIPS FOR THE WEEKEND

As usual, there's so much going on in the SoCal area this weekend, including a dangerous fire (try to avoid that).  For those who want a memorable experience at the theater, here are 3 options - all have some humor in them, though only one is a laugh out-loud...

"GOD" IS DEAD. OR IS HE?

UPDATE: NBC News had this story months ago but pulled the plug on reporter Ronan Farrow, who then went to the New Yorker.  Lorne Michaels chose not to refer to the story on the latest SNL.   Is NBC still scared of Harvey - or is it somehow in bed...

LOVE, ART, THOUGHT - Searching for the Magic Connection in the Sacred Space

HIPSTER TIPS

MASTERCLASS by Terrence McNally, directed by Dimitri Toscas

Carolyn Hennesy and Roy Abramsohn in "Masterclass"

This is the first production of the Garry Marshall Theatre (formerly the Falcon), but I have to admit that I didn't have high expectations.  The play Masterclass was first produced in...

Riding Along with MARTIN LANDAU on Life's Great Adventure

Last Sunday evening, I was privileged to attend the 3 hour tribute to Master Actor-Teacher Marty Landau at the Writer's Guild Theatre.  Life's unpredictability being what it is, though, this piece is appearing a few days later than originally planned.  The reason?  Well, there are two.

One is something that...

"Stronger" Screenwriter: I OWE IT ALL TO LA 99 SEAT THEATER

During the debate two years ago over LA's 99 seat waiver contract, the actors who wanted to abolish the contract - and eventually succeeded in doing so - claimed that it represented wage-exploitation, where their artistic contributions were not properly compensated.   The theater producers defended the plan by saying...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FAMILY IMPLODES (On Stage and Screen)

Paul Simon wrote that there are 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and that sounds about right.  But it's much harder to change the world around you when things are going wrong. Even harder perhaps to change oneself.

Because when the world breaks down and things aren't working out as...

Sondheim and Faustin Linyekula! Two Upcoming Shows to Put on Your Calendar

Love is hard to explain.  Sometimes even to oneself.

Well, not all love.  Everyone understands loving babies. And parents' love for their children in general.

And love for dogs and cats.  And other pets.  And food.  (But please, not pets as food.)

But loving theater?  It's different in LA and NYC.  Yes, that's...