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Table of Contents for December 2014

Living the Dream
By Joseph Eastburn
Rooted in L.A. and committed to commedia, Tim Robbins’s Actors’ Gang has become a global force

Improv’s Long Game
By Matthew Love
More than an acting exercise or a comedy gimmick, improv has grown into the legit theatrical genre some of its pioneers always envisioned
ALSO: Jason Rohrer praises L.A.’s Impro Theatre, and Sir Patrick Stewart lauds the Improvised Shakespeare Company

The complete text of Hir, Taylor Mac’s gender-bending comedic drama (print edition only); plus, a conversation between Mac and fellow playwright/performer Lisa Kron


Editor’s Note


From the Executive Director
Together and Apart

TCG on the Web

Director Joanna Settle’s Unsettling Year; Georgia Shakespeare’s ClosureThe ‘Children’ of 13P
Entrances & Exits: Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson’s Steppenwolf Succession
Awards & Prizes
In Memoriam: Geoffrey Holder by Andre De Shields

Front & Center
Gilbert & Sullivan rep at the Hypocrites
Feast of My Heart at Salvage Vanguard Theatre
A holiday triptych at Paul Mesner Puppets
The Best Brothers at Ensemble Theatre
Famous Puppet Death Scenes at Woolly Mammoth
A Bloody Mary Christmas at Space 55

Production Notebook
Vox Lumiere’s The Phantom of the Opera

Jeremy D. Goodwin profiles inventive composer Gabriel Kahane

Brad Hathaway figures out the method behind the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s madness
Isaac Butler uncovers a pair of conspiracy-theory plays

On the Scene
Erin Keane prowls Louisville’s indie theatre scene

The Writer’s Army bands together to work alone

Global Spotlight
Eliza Bent responds to work by Castellucci and Soleimanpour

20 Questions
for Hal Landon Jr.

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