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Who was Oscar Levant? Even Homer Simpson knows




John Rabe records Deb Lacusta and Dan Castellaneta reading from Castellaneta's new play
John Rabe records Deb Lacusta and Dan Castellaneta reading from Castellaneta's new play "For Piano and Harpo," at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
Stefan Novinski

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You know him as the voice of Homer Simpson, but Dan Castellaneta is also a serious writer and his new passion is a play exploring the inner life of one of the last century’s most intriguing talents: Oscar Levant, one of the first performers to be open about his mental illness. ... Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody often tells us about his failure to convince entertainment executives to buy his comedy specials. It’s almost like they’re writing his material for them. But now, Dylan is going to have to find something new to talk about, because NextUp Comedy has just bought one of his shows. ... You know Out of the Closet and St Vincent DePaul, two huge charities that use thrift stores to support their mission. But we’ll take you to a strip mall in Silverlake, to a tiny thrift store that’s been supporting the work of the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic for almost 20 years.