A Pair of British Brand Names Back on the Boards

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Ed Rampell: Both the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum’s Merlin, Harbinger of Peace and Sacred Fools’ Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini have succeeded in taking a new look at and breathing new life into characters who have been popular for literally centuries.

Cafe Inquiry: Incendiary, The Willingham Case — Wednesday, July 31

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Join us for popcorn and a FREE MOVIE in the Steve Allen Theater! This month’s film: Incendiary: The Willingham Case

Alcestis: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Ed Rampell: To paraphrase the Bard: Toga or not toga? Transforming a period piece or classic into a modern dress work with contemporary costuming, dialogue, references and, perhaps, themes is tricky business.

Capital: Left vs. Right

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Ed Rampell: This behind-the-scenes expose of the banksters and their nefarious high finance manipulations and machinations is a fictional, highly entertaining counterpart to Oscar winning documentary Inside Job, about Wall Street’s massive defrauding of the people — at taxpayer expense.

Taming of the Shrew: Dis Me, Kate

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Ed Rampell: “Hark! What light breaks through yonder canyon?” Why, it’s none other than another repertory season of revels and revelations at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, made glorious summer by these sons and daughters of Geers.

Évocateur: TV’s Agent Provocateur

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Ed Rampell: While William F. Buckley presented an erudite face for reactionary politics, Morton Downey Jr.’s moronic ravings was really a far more honest mode of expressing the right-wing lunacy masquerading as the free market or imperial foreign policy, which started running amok in the 1980s.

Get Your Brecht On

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Ed Rampell: Brecht on Brecht is precise in its stagecraft, adeptly acted, deftly directed and Gayle Bluemel does her musical forebears, Mssrs. Brecht and Weill, proud.

Annual TCM Classic Film Festival Features Vintage Films and Stars Galore From Movies of Yore

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Ed Rampell: Thousands of fans attended screenings of vintage films, discussions with and personal appearances by movie talents, dressed in period garb, partied like it was 1929 and witnessed an Academy Award winner’s footprints and handprints immortalized in cement at the fabled Chinese Theatre.

Olivier Assayas Interview: Changing the World Through Cinema

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Ed Rampell: Today, people don’t think of a revolution. They think of adapting society, of making the hope of more fairness, more justice, more social justice, more generosity, which are old things . But in the 1970s it would have been called “reformist,” which was an insult.

Skeptic SINema Series: The Invention of Lying

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For the next several months, Cafe Inquiry will be your host for major motion pictures with a secular, skeptical, or topical bent, followed by discussion.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater: Ailey’s Comets Cometh

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Ed Rampell: Ailey’s comets are soaring across the stage and illumining the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through April 21 with three programs, all of them containing the iconic Revelations, created by Alvin Ailey himself in 1960.

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