Review: World Premiere ‘Dulce Rosa’ Produced by LA Opera and the Broad Stage
It’s not often that operagoers get as many “firsts” as Dulce Rosa offers up at the Broad Stage. To begin with, this is the world premiere of an opera 10 years in the making; it is the first Isabel Allende story made into an opera; it is also the first full opera the Broad Stage [...][continue reading...]
The British have arrived at the Geffen Playhouse in the form of the hysterical, perfectly cast U.S. premiere of “Yes, Prime Minister.” Co-writer Jonathan Lynn skillfully directs his sharp script (written with Antony Jay and based on their award-winning BBC television sitcom of the same name) with the precision of a winning race car driver.
The Pasadena Playhouse has a sure-fire hit with the world premiere of “Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical.” The Playhouse’s Artistic Director Sheldon Epps fluidly directs his strong, perfectly cast ensemble in a rousing two hours and 10 minutes of soaring vocals and clever choreography (Kudos to Spencer Liff!) encased in a lean, mean, multi-level [...]Review: The Antaeus Company Presents ‘The Crucible’
Theatergoers familiar with Antaeus in North Hollywood know that the renowned classical theater ensemble double casts its productions — as a way for the actors both to learn from each other and to better make a living by being available for work in TV and film. But this may be the first time that Antaeus [...]
The Pasadena Playhouse is offering Culture Spot LA readers a 20% discount off tickets for “Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical.” Read our review of this world premiere production, and then book your tickets here with the discount code SLEEP20.
The always-consistent Celebration Theatre successfully mounts the world premiere of Chris Phillips’ “revolver,” a stunning collection of intense vignettes utilizing the titular weapon and loosely tied together by the stage device of a reporter relating his articles on six seemingly unrelated events.
After experiencing Phillips’ “Pieces” last year, “revolver” seems like a sampler of involving, entertaining [...]
Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale closed out the 49th season in a sentimental mood with an inspired program of “American Songs and Spirituals” in Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 2.
By any reckoning, this season was great for the Master Chorale, and on this eve of the 50th year for the organization, Gershon [...]
The Fountain Theatre’s Forever Flamenco! celebrates 20 years with an all-star lineup of flamenco artists under the stars at the Ford for one night only: Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. Culture Spot readers can win a pair of free tickets. Email email@example.com with “Flamenco” in the subject line for a chance to win.
Since 1990, [...]
What could possibly go wrong when a group of eager, young amateur actors attempt to dramatize the first genocide of the 20th century? You’ll find out in We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.
The Matrix Theatre is [...]
Taken from the plays, playlets and poetry of theater of the absurd playwright Eugène Ionesco (Rhinoceros, The Bald Soprano, Exit the King), Ionescopade is a zany musical vaudeville featuring mime, farce and parody – all hilariously balanced on the edge of madness. Read Culture Spot’s recent review. Then email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win [...]
John Giordano, chairman of the jury for the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, announced the six pianists advancing to the Final Round, which starts Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. Audiences can watch the performances live at Cliburn.org. For the complete schedule of Final Round performances, click here.
The finalists are:
Sean Chen, 24, United States
It’s not often that operagoers get as many “firsts” as Dulce Rosa offers up at the Broad Stage. To begin with, this is the world premiere of an opera 10 years in the making; it is the first Isabel Allende story made into an opera; it is also the first full opera the Broad Stage [...]
“Take Me to the Poorhouse” is a one-woman play of fun — pure and simple. Actress Liz Femi is schoolgirl Lizzie, a middle-class Nigerian with fantasies fueled by the ridiculous and fanciful exploits she’s seen in American movies. The safe, orderly and clean life she and her parents live in their Nigerian neighborhood seems to [...]
Multi-Emmy Award winner Robert Allan Ackerman’s sampling of the writings of Eugene Ionesco morphs into a time capsule vaudeville revue titled “Ionescopade,” currently receiving an entertaining mounting at the Odyssey Theatre.
Ionesco aficionados will find great fun in identifying the origins of each skit amongst Ionesco’s vast masterpieces in the theater of the absurd. For non-aficionados, [...]