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    On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]

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Review: Ghost stories from Wicked Lit

I’m not crazy about pumpkin spice anything, but one thing I definitely look forward to each fall is Wicked Lit — the Halloween-themed theater experience that haunts Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena each October and November.
This is Paul Millet and Jonathan Josephson’s 10th annual fall production of Wicked Lit; and instead of going [...]

CD Review: Honeck and the PSO Perform Beethoven and Strauss

The new release in the Pittsburgh Live! series is a revelatory performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 by Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard Manfred Honeck and the PSO perform Beethoven, and that was a recording of the fifth and seventh symphonies [...]

Review: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ ‘Gloria’ gets West Coast premiere from Echo Theater Company

MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins worked at “The New Yorker,” but has said in interviews that his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Gloria” is not based on his experience there. No matter. It rings so true — as any good fiction does. You can see the Echo Theater Company’s West Coast premiere of his 2015 work, [...]

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Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]

Review: Season opener of Le Salon de Musiques

The 2018-19 season of Le Salon de Musiques opened spectacularly on Sunday, Oct. 7. For “Romantic Nostalgia,” Founder and Artistic Director Francois Chouchan programmed three works for string quartet: Henry Purcell’s “Chacony” in G minor (arranged by B. Britten), Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 [...]

Wayne McGregor’s ‘Autobiography’ at the Ahmanson Theatre

British contemporary dance choreographer Wayne McGregor is bringing his “Autobiography” to the Ahmanson Theatre for two shows this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. and a single show on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. Launching the 2018/2019 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, this Los Angeles [...]

LACO’s SESSION mixes beer, classical music and hanging with the artists

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), in collaboration with Four Larks, presents SESSION, an innovative performance experience curated by composer and LACO Artist Educator Derrick Spiva Jr and designed to explore classical music’s cutting-edge sounds and challenge traditional concert-going expectations, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), at Hauser & Wirth in [...]

Review: LA Opera opens season with ‘Don Carlo’ and Plácido Domingo

LA Opera opened its 2018-19 season in grand style with Don Carlo, Verdi’s most ambitious opera. A complex drama about conflict among family, nations and religions with forbidden love at its center, Don Carlo, as Music Director James Conlon has said, “claims its place as perhaps the greatest and most enduring grand opéra of them [...]

David Rousseve’s ‘Halfway to Dawn’ at REDCAT

Following its mission to showcase the latest high-quality creations in contemporary dance, music and theater, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) presents the world premiere of David Rousseve’s “Halfway to Dawn.” Shows run Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.
Nine modern dancers, video [...]

Free Tickets to Delgres at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

If you’re looking for some great music this weekend, look no further than Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the innovative performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, which presents the award-winning Paris-based trio Delgres on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
With musicians Pascal Danae (guitar/vocals), Rafgee (sousaphone) and Baptiste Brondy (drums/vocals), Delgres is a [...]

Karen Zacarías’ ‘Native Gardens’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Karen Zacarías takes issues like racism, sexism and ageism and tangles them all up in “Native Gardens.” Fortunately, it’s a rollicking comedy with a happy ending. The play continues at the Pasadena Playhouse through Sept. 30. Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander directs.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the playhouse is the elaborate [...]

‘KAMP’ at REDCAT

Continuing its mission of bringing exciting new theater, dance and music to LA audiences, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater hosts the local premiere of “KAMP” this week. Performances run Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
Created in 2005 and already seen and celebrated across the [...]

Hilary Hahn in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Season Opener

Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn will make her only LA appearance this year in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concert. And equally big news: College students can see the concert for the equivalent of a dollar when they buy an All Access Pass.
Hilary Hahn
Hahn will perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Violin Concerto in [...]