Writer Jordan R. Young is an arts journalist, content provider, editor, consultant and playwright. He has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Orange County Register. His plays have been produced in Hollywood by California Artists Radio Theatre, Off Off Broadway by Ticket 2 Eternity, and Bloomington Playwrights Project; they have also been presented at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Australia, Laguna Beach New Play Festival, South Coast Repertory, and UC Irvine World Premiere Weekend. His books include Acting Solo; King Vidor's The Crowd, Spike Jones Off the Record; and The Beckett Actor. He has written special material for the Grammy Awards and has served as a consultant for BBC Radio.

It's Time

Though you won’t sit through it with a dry eye it’s an uplifting show that gladdens the heart, amidst the realization the clock is ticking perhaps faster than we admit to ourselves. Linke doesn’t try to suppress the emotions or the tears when they come and that’s part of the magic he brings to the stage, under the astute direction of his accomplice Edward Edwards—it’s one of the most honest and candid performances you’ll see all year.

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Show biz bookshelf: musical theatre, burlesque chronicled anew

“Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theatre” by Larry Stempel is an in-depth chronicle of the ever-popular genre, from “Show Boat” and Oklahoma!” to “A Chorus Line” and “Rent.” Any book that attempts to cover a period of 150 years has got to short-change something...

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Interview: New one-woman show 'Mulatto' explores bi-racial marriage

Juliette Fairley is not a household name. Not yet, that is. The Los Angeles-based actress is out to change the status quo with her new one-woman show, “Mulatto: A Never Ending Saga,”which ...

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Kino's American Film Theatre set preserves great plays on DVD

Jean Genet’s “The Maids” will spruce up Los Angeles next month courtesy of the Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village (May 29-June 27). Meanwhile, you can see Glenda Jackson and Susannah York in a stylish film adaptation of this offbeat psycho-drama now on DVD; the ladies are deliciously theatrical...

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Robey Theatre Company, Scarecrow Press illuminate theatre history

Paul Robeson is well remembered today for his performance as the self-appointed monarch of a Caribbean island in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Emperor Jones.” What’s been largely forgotten is that it was the first important dramatic role...

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Criterion Collection Shaw on Film DVD set, Beckett on Screen

Back from Pandora? Remember when Hollywood made movies with fully-developed plots and characters, before special effects hijacked movie budgets? And playwrights were called in as script doctors? Two of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights—Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett—not only refused such lucrative jobs, but frustrated producers, directors and studios...

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Interview with award-winning writer Donald Freed

Donald Freed takes pride in Studs Terkel’s assessment of him as “the most political and pertinent of all American playwrights.” The award-winning writer is perhaps best known for “Secret Honor,” his incisive play and film portrait of former President Nixon coming apart at the seams.

Freed’s latest endeavor is “The...

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Rachel Rosenthal still living in the moment, on stage and in print

Can a group of actors create theatre with no rehearsal, no script, and a roll of cellophane? They can if they're trained by Rachel Rosenthal, the doyenne of Los Angeles performance artists. What takes place in Rosenthal's "TOHUBOHU!" -- performing April 9-11; May 7-9; June 11-13; and July 9-11...

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Plays That Change Lives

"The Play That Changed My Life: Americas Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them," a new paperback collection of essays and interviews from Applause, is a must-have for any theatre lover.

Playwrights include Lynn Nottage, one of today's hottest African American playwrights, who discusses the impact of "A Raisin...

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Bill Bryson, RSC explore Shakespeare; Monty Python doc on DVD

How do you write a book on a subject about whom thousands of volumes have already been written, Shakespeare to be precise? If you’re Bill Bryson, no slouch as an author himself (and a beloved travel writer),...

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