Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: Annette Bening, Tracy Letts and a question of American morality in 'All My Sons' by Charles McNulty

The carpentry of an Arthur Miller play, all that sawing, hammering and sanding of wood, can sometimes distract from the impressiveness of the house that has been theatrically constructed. …

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

SoCal dance listings, April 14-21: A salute to Merce Cunningham and more by Matt Cooper

Extra Ancestral A celebration of the African diaspora in L.A. features performers including Viver Brasil Dance Company. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m. $…

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SoCal theater listings, April 14-21: ‘Falsettos,’ ’The Niceties’ and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Tiny Beautiful Things Nia Vardal…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

L.A. theater: ‘Everything Is Illuminated,’ ‘Lost Virginity Tour’ and more by F. Kathleen Foley

Journeys into the past is the common theme on the 99-Seat Beat, our weekly look at Southern California’s small-theater scene. Reminiscences — comical and poignant — drive “The Lost V…

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‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ sets Broadway opening date by Nardine Saad

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” is rollin’ on to Broadway on Nov. 7, mere weeks before the legendary singer’s 80th birthday. The biographical musical devoted to the rock ’n’ roll…

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Review: Renée Taylor serves up the laughs in ‘My Life on a Diet’ by Gary Goldstein

She may be 86, move more gingerly these days and kvetch about her aches and pains, but make no mistake: Renée Taylor’s still got it. Taylor’s skills — as an actress, comedian, raconte…

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When a trip to Hawaii isn't paradise: Playwrights’ Arena's ‘Southernmost’ by F. Kathleen Foley

The locale of “Southernmost,” presented by Playwrights’ Arena in Atwater Village, is as compelling as any character in Mary Lyon Kamitaki’s entertaining but limited new play. Naalehu…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards: Antaeus and Celebration lead the way by Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday at its annual awards ceremony for local theater, held this year at Pasadena Playhouse. Here’s the complete list …

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LACMA’s $650 million new building wins approval from county supervisors by Deborah Vankin

With Brad Pitt and Diane Keaton as its cheering section, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art won unanimous approval Tuesday from the county Board of Supervisors for a $650-million new home …

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Review: In ‘Poor Yella Rednecks,’ humor and pathos in the struggles of Vietnamese immigrants by Charles McNulty

In “Vietgone,” playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story of how his parents met after escaping the Vietnam War and landing in the same resettlement camp in Arkansas. It’s a tale of traumat…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Center Theatre Group names its first female managing director by Jessica Gelt

Center Theatre Group announced Monday that Meghan Pressman will be its next managing director and CEO, making her the first female managing director in the nonprofit company’s 52-year hist…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Review: ‘The White Album,’ Joan Didion and the seismic shifts of California in the ’60s by Charles McNulty

Joan Didion’s 1979 essay “The White Album” is both a classic of new journalism and an artifact of the tumultuous period it chronicles. Composed as a series of high-resolution prose sna…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Essential Arts: L.A.’s Gay Men’s Chorus, once a safe space, now ‘in a world of hurt’ by Carolina A. Miranda

The dramas of King Lear, the Gay Men’s Chorus and LACMA. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential art news: A brazenly busy 'Lear' Thea…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

SoCal theater listings, April 7-14: Manual Cinema’s ‘Mementos Mori’ and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings 15th Annual New Play Reading Fes…

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Family-friend theater: ‘Edward Tulane,’ ‘Root Beer Bandits’ and a Los Lobos soundtrack by Margaret Gray

If you can’t get out to see Southern California’s super bloom before tourists trample it flat, don’t despair: L.A. theater has its own spring fever, with productions celebrating love, …

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: Glenda Jackson battles through a brazenly busy ‘King Lear’ on Broadway by Charles McNulty

For his Broadway production of “King Lear,” built around the one and only Glenda Jackson, director Sam Gold has decided to make use of every luxurious resource at his disposal — someti…

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Why the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. is singing for survival by Jessica Gelt

Gary Hayashi thought that if he could just get close enough to God, he would be cured. Hayashi was not like other men he knew at church, and he certainly wasn’t like his older brother, who…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: It's all Stravinsky all the time, but let's not forget Schoenberg by Mark Swed

It’s going to be a Stravinsky spring, right? The Los Angeles Philharmonic is about to kick off a two-week Stravinsky festival, Esa-Pekka Salonen celebrating Stravinsky’s association with…

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‘Madama Butterfly’ like never before: Sung in Japanese and English, with ethnically accurate casting by Catherine Womack

Ah, “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s classic operatic tale about a Japanese geisha and an American Navy lieutenant who meet in Nagasaki and fall in love as they sing to each other –– …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Gillian Anderson on wiping off the makeup and getting real in ‘All About Eve’ by Emily Zemler

Early on in the London stage production of “All About Eve,” Gillian Anderson’s Margo Channing removes her stage makeup in a bright dressing room mirror. As she swipes away the layers, …

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Age 28, going on 12: How adult actors pull off playing children onstage by Stuart Miller

When does 28 equal 12? Or 41 equal 8? And how is it even possible that 22, 25 and 35 could all equal 11? The answer: When you are casting grown-ups to play kids onstage. Sure, boys will stil…

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‘The Little Mermaid’ live at the Hollywood Bowl with Lea Michele and Cheech Marin by Jessica Gelt

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” live concert is set to return to the Hollywood Bowl next month just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary, with Lea Michele as golden-voiced mermaid A…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: Unconventional ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ supremely argues the case for women by Charles McNulty

When actor and writer Heidi Schreck was a high school student in Wenatchee, Wash., she was racking up college tuition money by giving speeches on the majesty of the Constitution in contests …

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Review: The funny, irresistible magic of Latino Theater Company’s ‘The Mother of Henry’ by Margaret Gray

La Virgen de Guadalupe — an apparition of the Virgin Mary — is an icon of the Catholic faith, the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of Mexican independence venerated throughout the Ame…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Review: Despite what you may expect, 'Friends With Guns' aims neither left nor right by F. Kathleen Foley

Many are likely to misconstrue Stephanie Alison Walker’s new play “Friends With Guns” as a forceful defense of gun ownership. They couldn’t be more wrong. Second Amendment issues are…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

L.A. theaters spotlight the power of community in Boyle Heights, skid row and beyond by Daryl H. Miller

Community is at the heart of several plays on the 99-Seat Beat, our weekly look at Los Angeles’ stages. Folks support one another through daily challenges in 1968 Boyle Heights, work shoul…

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Review: Jason sails through worlds of wonder in A Noise Within’s ‘Argonautika’ by Daryl H. Miller

Even the grandest stories, full of epic adventures, are built of everyday experiences. Mary Zimmerman creates theater magic in much the same way, bringing the world’s foundational tales al…

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Review: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ has interesting ingredients but blah taste by Daryl H. Miller

Imagine you’re holding a bar of Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight. The name alone promises deliciousness inside. A name’s a powerful thing, especially if it has delivered…

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At the Bombay Beach Biennale, an opera greets the sunrise over a toxic Salton Sea by Carolina A. Miranda

It is dawn on Sunday morning and a sliver of blue light has begun to emerge from behind the Chocolate Mountains, illuminating the steely waters of the Salton Sea. Several dozen people, in an…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hooked on Shakespeare by age 6: The drama club where kids nerd out on the Bard by Dorany Pineda

It’s a Shakespeare production with an occasional interlude, a jingle performed to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The nursery rhyme is what the Los Angeles Drama Club’s young t…

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Rita Moreno is getting a Peabody Award, making her a rare ‘PEGOT’ winner by Nardine Saad

Rita Moreno is going from EGOT to “PEGOT.” The 87-year-old actress, singer and dancer is adding a Peabody Award to her long list of accolades. She’s this year’s recipient of the stor…

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