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Articles by Theda Kleinhans Reichman

‘Shakespeare’s Tomb’ provides first-ever

scientific investigation of the Bard’s grave


By Theda Kleinhans Reichman

Entertainment Editor


Los Angeles theatre possibilities are heating up. Upcoming, check out the 2016-17 Valley Performing Arts Center Season (VPAC for short). Then look into “Cabaret” which will arrive at the Hollywood Pantages for a three week run — July 19 to Aug. 17. And last, but by no means least, there’s the comedy/drama “Big Sky” at the Geffen Playhouse through Sunday, July 1.

Children from Anaheim to Zanzibar are familiar with Walt Disney’s animated characters--and the magic began many years ago when Walt created a little mouse named Mickey.

“Disgraced,’ by playwright, novelist, screenwriter and actor Ayad Akhtar, won the Pulitzer Prize and later moved on to Broadway where it earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Throughout most of the play’s journey “Disgraced” has been directed by Kimberly Senior who is currently directing the production at the Mark Taper Forum through July 17.

It’s been 13 years since Dory, a very forgetful little blue tang fish, joined forces with Marlon, an orange and white-striped clownfish, to find his lost son Nemo. And the good news is — your favorite fish trio is back again on the big screen, but in terms of their story only one year has gone by under the sea.

“Hello, My Name Is Doris” stars two time Academy award winner Sally Field in the title role. She won her first Oscar in 1979 for her performance in “Norma Rae” and garnered her second Academy Award in 1984 as the female lead in “Places in the Heart.” Now she will capture your heart and perhaps another Oscar nod for her touching portrayal as Doris, a quirky 60-something woman who decides to take a chance on love with a much younger co-worker, played by Max Greenfield.

Mia Wasikowska once again plays Alice in Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," based very, very loosely on the book of the same name by Lewis Carroll.  Screenwriter Linda Woolverton ("Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") uses the colorful characters created by Carroll, then concocts a freewheeling story of her own.

Father's Day, June 19, is just around the corner, so in that spirit here are few suggestions for Dad's Day gift giving. If Dad is a mystery fan, check out PBS's Masterpiece Mystery Series "Grantchester," which has just completed its second season. Now both seasons are available on Blu-ray and DVD. If Dad is a history buff, you can't go wrong with the 25th Anniversary edition of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" also available from PBS.

 If you are a millennial, the names Al Dubin and Harry Warren probably won’t ring a bell. But if you are a Broadway baby of any age, you will be familiar with their musical collaboration on “42nd Street,” which won the Tony for Best Musical in 1981. The show is the 14th longest running show in Broadway history and from May 31 through June 19 “42nd Street” will be playing at the Pantages Theatre in all its glory.

“Captain America: Civil War” is off to a ‘MARVEL-ous’ start, bringing in over $800 million worldwide to date. In this latest superhero mega movie, Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his supporters face off against Captain America (Chris Evans) in teams of six each.  And, for Marvel fans, the action-packed battle scenes come fast and furious.