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Articles by Theda Kleinhans Reichman

Disney’s “Zootopia” is a crime caper, a buddy movie and a delightful comedy seamlessly rolled into one fabulous film that is so much fun you’d like to be able to stay and see it twice.

Sunday, Feb. 28 marked the 88th Academy Awards presentation, but unfortunately a great deal of controversy was generated prior to the telecast. There was even the threat of a possible boycott because no actors of color were nominated this year, or last.

“Barcelona,” by playwright Bess Whol, takes place in Barcelona, Spain in the present.  The main window of Manuel’s apartment overlooks the famous Church of the Holy Family (La Sacrada Familia) which is still under construction.  It is an important tourist attraction, one that Irene has on her “must see” list before she returns to the States for her upcoming wedding.

“Hail Caesar,” from the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan, is a loving spoof and homage to the movies of yesteryear. Told with plenty of inside humor, it takes place in the very early ‘50s as we go behind the scenes for a day in the life of production studio head Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin).

"The Christians" just left the Mark Taper Forum not long ago, and now God himself has come to the Ahmanson Theatre for a few weeks, through March 13 to be exact. The Almighty has taken on the form of Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland on NBC's sitcom "Will and Grace") to make himself incarnate to Los Angeles' audiences because, according to God, "humor is not my specialty, it's wrath."  As you can see this take on God is tongue in cheeky.

When the film version of  "Dirty Dancing." was released in 1987, Patrick Swayze not only danced his way into the heart of 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman on screen, he captivated  the collective hearts of women all across the country. Patrick Swayze is gone, but the memory lives on in the lush, romantic stage musical now at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre through Feb. 21.

In 2012, shortly before the upcoming presidential election, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya was viciously attacked.  The result of the horrific assault left four Americans dead, including our Ambassador, Chris Stevens (Matt Letcher).  Reports at the time blamed the attacks on a film Muslims found offensive. This turned out to be an erroneous conclusion.

"Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical," written by Woody Allen, is based on his screenplay of the same name, co-written with Douglas McGrath. The original direction and choreography for the musical are by Susan Stroman, a five-time Tony Award winner who also gave dance pizazz to Mel Brooks' smash hit Broadway musical "The Producers."

The truly enchanting, magical "Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities " marks the 35th production of Cirque du Soleil. They first came to our fair city of the angels in 1984 when Los Angeles hosted the Olympics. Since then the company has crafted countless touring shows as well as long running stationary shows in Las Vegas like "O," "Mystere" and "Love," a tribute to the Beatles.

If you have never gone to a ballet or contemporary dance performance and you love to laugh, check out "The Art of Falling" at the Ahmanson Theatre, Nov. 6-8. This production is a unique collaboration by two Chicago companies—Second City and Hubbard Street—that marries contemporary dance with comedy in a hilarious, yet touching exploration of life, love and relationships.