Show Business: Desire Under the Palms

At the TV and movie studios' front door, live theater is booming

Los Angeles is probably the only city in the world in which theater has been considered a lesser art form, something actors practice while they are waiting for the big break into television or movies. But now, with the enthusiasm of a convert, the city has discovered a secret the Greeks knew 2,500 years ago: there is nothing so exciting as a live performance. The nonprofit Mark Taper Forum has become a showcase for serious, innovative drama; dozens of tiny, off-off-Broadway type...

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