Play Time

Sex with the Antaeus Players

If you are not totally obsessed with sex, this play isn't for you. On the other hand, if you want to see some of the best acting in town, this is definitely the play to see. The seven actors from the Antaeus Theatre Company are beyond wonderful. And with each of them having sex with every one of the rest of them, that makes about three... Read more →

Events

Easter events abound on the Westside

Santa Monicans who are hunting for Easter activities this week need look no further than their own backyard, as the Westside is offering plenty of ways to celebrate this egg-cellent holiday. On Friday the Pico Branch Library (2201 Pico Blvd.) will offer an egg hunt for ages 4 and up, with spring stories, a craft and, of course, a hunt for... Read more →

Culture Watch

Art fling and a funny Bean

I stopped into the Spring Fling at Bergamot Art Station this past Saturday for a tiny sampling of all that this unique gallery complex has to offer. Spring Fling is extra fun; the doors swing open, the crowds swell in, people gather around the complimentary bar, dine at food trucks and enjoy music - a festive way to usher in the spring art... Read more →

People

LWVSM recognizing four ‘remarkable’ citizens

One was a music major on the East Coast. One studied communications in Illinois. One spent time working in Wisconsin. One helped drug addicts in rural California. Their backgrounds are different, their interests diverse, their careers distinct. But their paths will converge Thursday evening at Ocean House, where they will be honored by... Read more →

Culture Watch

A Week of Women’s Writing

This week I've seen three theatre productions written by women. The Jewish Women's Theatre's latest production, “The Blessing of a Broken Heart” at The Braid in Santa Monica, is based on National Jewish Book Award and Edgerton New Play Award-winner Sherri Mandell's book of the same name, adapted for the stage by Todd Salovey. At... Read more →

Play Time

A Tale of Two Writers

Take two brilliant actors who are so “real” that you forget they're acting. Add a fine director to guide them through their adventure, and top it off with a script that is so intelligent, engrossing and thought-provoking that it leaves you, as a good book does, feeling wistful when it comes to an end. Such a play is Laura Eason's... Read more →

Culture Watch

You bet your life

In 2014 I went to the massive, impossibly sprawling Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland (reporting on some of it here). To find the gems in the solo performance genre, you must sit in countless small venues and watch a lot of one-person shows. But you can count on whatever's playing at Edinburgh's Traverse Theater to be top quality. It's... Read more →

Play Time

Love in the age of religious diversity

He is a non-observant Jew, she is an ardent Catholic, and they meet cute. He sees her through the front window of an art gallery in Soho and jumps out of his Uber to meet her. He bumbles awkwardly through an introduction and she, for some inexplicable reason, is charmed. Thus begins writer/director Dan Frischman's dramedy “Sex, Faith, and... Read more →