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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, […]