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Monster Mash: Controversy over Kushner play; California arts funding must wait a year; Philadelphia Orchestra cuts budget

May 29, 2009 |  9:28 am


Theater controversy: Has the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis mishandled playwright Tony Kushner's request that no national critics review his latest play?

Holding pattern: A bill that would boost funding for the California Arts Council by $30 million annually must wait until next year.

Decrescendo: The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced voluntary cuts, including a 4.8% pay reduction for musicians, that promise to save $4 million in 2010 and 2011.

Race row: A white actress has walked out of a South African production of "The Piped Piper of Hamelin" after refusing to perform an interracial onstage kiss.

Inflation: The Broadway League is changing the way it reports weekly attendance figures.

Authentication: Identifying fake antiquities on EBay has become a hobby for Charles Stanish, director of UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Sweaty: Actor Jonathan Groff ("Spring Awakening"), director JoAnne Akalaitis and composer Philip Glass are the big names lined up for August's production of "The Bacchae" in New York's Central Park.

Ranking high: Nine Southern California firms have made Architect magazine's recently published Top 100 list.

Cat fight: A Dutch artist who skinned her cat to create a work of art is provoking a heated online debate.

Does Yoko approve?: A new museum dedicated to the Beatles has opened in Hamburg, Germany, and features five floors of exhibition space.

Endorsement: "Cats" actress Elaine Page says she's backing Susan Boyle following her performance of "Memory" on "Britain's Got Talent."

Cash poor: The Utah Festival Opera needs to raise $400,000 to survive.

Honored: The design team of Orange County's Great Park has received an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on the Observation Balloon Preview Park.

— David Ng

Photo: Tony Kushner. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press