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Review: LA Opera Continues ‘Figaro Trilogy’ With ‘The Barber of Seville’

Spring is coming and romance is in the air again, percolating through the hallowed halls of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Yes, The Barber of Seville is back at LA Opera and with it, its delightful troupe of lovers, schemers, bumblers and blowhards. It’s the same production as was here in 2009, but no matter — [...]

Review: ‘American Buffalo’ presented by Deaf West Theatre and Cal State LA

“American Buffalo” is an example of what playwright and screenwriter David Mamet does best: lifting up the proverbial rock to inspect the lives, schemes — and especially language — of America’s shadier subcultures. Mamet’s characters unload a torrent of argot, regionalisms and vulgarisms that synthesize into the highly distinctive voices for which he is known. [...]

Review: ‘A Carlin Home Companion’ at the Falcon Theatre

With “A Carlin Home Companion, Growing Up With George,” Kelly Carlin gives audiences a gift: an entertaining night of George Carlin’s comedy (presented through video clips) wrapped in an uplifting story of self-discovery. The triumphant one-woman show, directed by Paul Provenza, continues through March 1 at the intimate Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake.
Kelly shares a [...]

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Slaloms Into Los Angeles

We all think of Colorado and New Mexico as having beautiful mountains topped with crystalline white snow, skiing and sunset-scenic vistas in every direction. Rarely do we visualize those states as centers for the performing arts. While that may have been true up until the middle 1990s, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet was created in [...]

Ledges and Bones Dance in the Brewery District

This Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at 8 p.m., Ledges and Bones choreographer/performer Holly Johnston and fellow movement investigator Sarri Sanchez offer “Unbecoming Woman” at the Diavolo Space in the Brewery District of downtown LA.
Described in promotional materials as “a performance event and discourse through choreography,” the dance is drawn from both autobiographical [...]

Review: Michael Tilson Thomas Brings the London Symphony Orchestra and Yuja Wang to Disney Hall

What do you get when you put together one world-renowned British orchestra, one electrifying Chinese piano soloist and one distinguished American conductor? You get one unforgettable concert. On Tuesday night, the esteemed London Symphony Orchestra was led by its principal guest conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, in a program of works including the Four Sea Interludes [...]

Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Architecture

The Westside Connections series of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) continued with this season’s music and architecture theme on Thursday, March 19, at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The concept was intriguing, and the commonality between these art forms was uniquely illustrated by the music and narratives. In this second [...]

Zoe / Juniper at REDCAT

In its traditional role, REDCAT, the performance space located just below Disney Hall, is bringing some new performance ideas into the Southland to whet our appetites and nourish our creative souls. From Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29 (Thursday-Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m.), Zoe / Juniper will fill the stage with their immersive [...]

Review: ‘The Wrecking Crew’

As we go through life, we first recall those events or situations that gave us the strongest sensations. From love, to hate, to pain, to fear, to pleasure — it’s the ones that made the deepest impact that first come to mind. As of last Saturday, when I went to see “The Wrecking Crew” at the Nuart Theater on Santa Monica [...]

Review: Murray Perahia at Disney Hall

On March 15, the famed American pianist Murray Perahia performed a concert of works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Franck and Chopin to an adoring audience at Disney Hall.
Perahia opened the program with the Bach French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817. Perahia has a close connection with Bach. He rarely recorded works by [...]

Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Abduction from the Seraglio’

Its star date has already passed, but it’s worth mentioning that several thousand Angelenos were greatly entertained over the weekend by a hilarious mashup of Mozart and Star Trek at North Hollywood’s historic El Portal Theater. Pacific Opera Project’s Abduction from the Seraglio has shown once again that, with a dash of cleverness and a [...]

‘The Day Shall Declare It’

There’s a growing trend percolating throughout the theater world, but no one is quite sure what to call it. Some use the term immersive theater; others refer to environmental theater, promenade theater or site-specific theater. Generally speaking, what they mean is a work in which the audience is mobile, exploring a constructed environment that is [...]

Review: András Schiff Performs Last Piano Sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert

The Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff must like Los Angeles or Disney Hall, or both, because he has graced our fair city with his complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle (in 2008-2009) and his complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard works (from 2012-2014). Now, he brings to LA his new cycle, The Last Sonatas (of Haydn, Mozart, [...]