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Ethan Coen’s slices of life at the Taper

Ethan Coen’s slices of life at the Taper

La comédie humaine Ethan Coen’s “A Play is a Poem” – five playlets at the Mark Taper Forum by Bondo Wyszpolski Playwright Ethan Coen is one-half of the high-flying Coen Brothers (with Joel), whose cinematic career has encompassed “Blood Simple,” “Fargo,” and “No Country For Old Men,” among others others. They’re true movie magic magicians; […]

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Happy Days: Samuel Beckett’s trouble in paradise, at the Taper

Happy Days: Samuel Beckett’s trouble in paradise, at the Taper

The Woman in the Dunes Dianne Wiest is splendid in Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” by Bondo Wyszpolski Where are we? On a scraggly, sandy, near-barren hill, with a corseted woman buried up to her waist. She’s dressed entirely in black. It’s a very bright day, the sky as blue as can be, the sun unrelenting. […]

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Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke” – plotting murder at the Taper

Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke” – plotting murder at the Taper

Tubercular Bells: “Archduke” at the Taper (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski The Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima would have grasped the opening and closing sequences of Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke,” onstage through June 4 at the Mark Taper Forum. Mishima said that “We do not collide with our destiny all of a sudden,” but seemed to be […]

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August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Taper

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”: a paean to the blues (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski August Wilson is one of our most acclaimed playwrights, not just for the African American community but for everyone of any color. Even after his last play (“Radio Golf”) and his death in 2005, his work continues to be widely performed. […]

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What price freedom? Suzan-Lori Parks at the Mark Taper Forum

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski The latest effort from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to come to the Mark Taper Forum (“Topdog/Underdog” has stayed with me all these years) takes place during the Civil War and begins on a modest plantation in Texas, […]