Maybe it’s childhood church services, or maybe it’s just memories
cribbed from movies, but there’s something reassuring about being in a
large, ornate room during the holidays. A space that
Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with
soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army
volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails
The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild blazes a powerful trail.
Movie Reviews & Stories
On the Pacific Crest Trail, hikers speak
of the “green tunnel” that greets you in Oregon. This tunnel—lush layers
of moss and ferns and Douglas fir—rarely breaks for views and drenches
those who enter.
A review of Third Rail's production of Charles Ludlam's cross-dressing romp.
Third Rail’s The Mystery of Irma Vep leaves little doubt about one thing: Co-stars Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby have got chops. Charles Ludlam’s 1984 cross-dressing romp—two actors, seven characters, countless costume changes—requires its performers to juggle wildly divergent accents and attitudes across a nonsensical st...More
Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.
Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in
addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was
also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four
English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.
Comedy and Variety
As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows
his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind
that he sounds different from everyone else.
Comedy and Variety
Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat
forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in
jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up.
Kickstand Comedy Space will run out of Velo Cult's basement on weekday evenings.
A new comedy venue is about to open in the basement of a bike shop.
With a soft opening slated for Dec. 8 and a full launch in January, Kickstand Comedy Space will be the downstairs neighbor to Velo Cult, the Hollywood neighborhood bike shop/bar. The four founders—Dylan Reiff, Garret...
"I don't know that I want to look someone in the eyes and tell them that a rapist is the reason I've been trying to be funny my entire life."
In the wake of the multiplying rape allegations against Bill Cosby, lots of people have been weighing in. (Not, notably, Cosby himself.) Entertainment reporters have written “woulda coulda shoulda” pieces about years-old interviews th...