“Max and Willy’s Last Laugh”at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater

Gallows humor…cracking a joke with the hangman before the drop. From time immemorial, human beings have found a way to laugh in the face of death. People, that is, who don’t quiver, blubber, and go catatonic with fear. Comedians, who crack wise on stage before audiences that range from a few late-nighters in intimate venues, … Continue reading “Max and Willy’s Last Laugh”at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater

“From Baghdad to Brooklyn” at the Skirball Cultural Center

I first encountered the enormously talented Michelle Azar last May when I saw her in the hit show, Bronco Billy, at the Skylight Theatre Company. She played the villainous Constance, an operatic diva, a performance I called, “an over-the-top, Cruella-de-Vil-esque delight.” So it was with great anticipation that I motored over to the Skirball Center … Continue reading “From Baghdad to Brooklyn” at the Skirball Cultural Center