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Articles by Theda Kleinhans Reichman

“Appropriate,” currently at the Mark Taper Forum, was written by 31-year-old playwright Branden Jacob-Jenkins and garnered him an Obie Award for best new play. He also received an Obie for an earlier work, “Octoroon.” The playwright is black, the cast of “Appropriate” is white, but the specter of slavery is felt throughout this dark comedy.

Three-time Tony Award winning director Jack O' Brien is in his 70s, but under his direction "The Sound of Music" at the Ahmanson Theatre through Oct. 31, is even more vibrant and alive than when it first appeared on stage in 1959. In the current revival much of the freshness is achieved by his casting of Maria. According to O'Brien, "The Maria in our production, Kirstin Anderson, is just turning 21 years old."

Randall Arney, Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse, kicks off their 20th season with the raucous, rowdy, often hilarious rip-off of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” written by Rolin Jones, with music and lyrics by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Walt Disney was born in 1901 and even though he is no longer with us his artistic legacy is still very much alive. In September PBS aired "American Experience: Walt Disney," a film biography about this amazing storyteller who once said "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse."

What do you think Walt Disney, Vincent Van Gogh  and fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent had in common?

Adele Bloch-Bauer may not be a familiar name, and yet if you are an aficionado of Gustav Klimt's sensuous, luminous portraits you are familiar with her exquisite face. In fact her portrait is the Austrian equivalent of the Mona Lisa. It was commissioned by her adoring husband, Ferdinand in the early 1900s and when it was unveiled in 1907 it both captivated and offended Viennese society.

During World War II the Nazi's confiscated the portrait along with other Klimt paintings owned by the Bloch-Bauer estate.

The title is a clue. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a sequel, is enjoyable, but does not have the same dynamism and charisma as the first film.  In the original, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,“ a group of British pensioners come to India to start a new life.

The hotel sounded exotic in the online ad and the price was right.  But when they arrive at their destination, things are not what they expected.

On Aug. 18, Disney released the "Walt Disney Short Film Collection," a compilation of 12 Disney short features suitable for all ages. Anyone from 2 to 92 will enjoy this eclectic variety of animated stories filled with humor, romance and heart. This extraordinary collection features award wining and beloved short films like "Frozen Fever," with Anna, Elsa. Olaf. Sven and Kristoff from the Disney smash hit "Frozen,” the poignant "The Little Match Girl" and Oscar winners "Paperman" (2012) and "Feast" (2014).

Summer is flying by but there is still time to catch up on "Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eleventh Season" which comes to DVD on Aug. 18. Now you can binge watch all 24 episodes of the past pulse-pounding eleventh season as the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial face stunning surprises, challenges and life changing decisions.

"Bent” playwright Martin Sherman, an American Jew born in New Jersey, lost members of his family during the Holocaust. He knew about the sewn on yellow star that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, but he was not familiar with the significance of the pink triangle.

However, while in London in the mid-1970s, he saw a play by Noel Grieg and Drew Griffith entitled, "As Time Goes By," that chronicled gay life in three historical eras that included Victorian England and Germany prior to the war.