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Monster mash: Rethinking the international art fair; Jonathan Demme's first play; vermin in the West End

March 4, 2010 | 10:17 am

-- Bigger picture: Lorenzo Rudolf, the man behind Art Basel and other international art fairs, is trying to push the boundaries of what is shown and who shows it with ArtParis -- now re-branded ArtParis+Guests. (New York Times)

Demme -- Stage debut: Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") is making his first foray into theater with an off-Broadway production of Pulitzer winner Beth Henley's "Family Week." (Wall Street Journal)

-- Double duty: French conductor Stéphane Denève will succeed Sir Roger Norrington as the leader of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2011-12 season, and will extend his contract with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra by another year. (Gramophone)

--- Pesky plague: Mice, rats and fleas roam the backstages of many London theaters, according to an Equity union survey of West End actors. (Guardian)

-- Fat cat: Cartoonist Jim Davis is prepping "Garfield Live!," an arena touring show in which the lazy orange tabby will fall out of his own comic strip and into a series of misadventures. (Playbill)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Dreamgirls" at the Ahmanson; Laura Bleiberg reviews Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

-- Karen Wada 

Photo: Jonathan Demme, who will direct a Beth Henley play off-Broadway, in New York in January. Credit: Jason Kempin / Getty Images

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