leadimage Review: Antaeus Theatre Company Presents ‘Hedda Gabler’

    Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (pronounced gobbler) provoked quite a stir when it premiered in 1891. While not unusual in its theme — personal fulfillment vs. societal expectations — it does feature a female lead whose brittle, manipulative and thorny demeanor can be cast in modern terms as a hot mess. That’s what makes it such [...]

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Review: ‘Parallel Worlds: A New Rock Music Experience’

Sometimes, you just have to hand it to artists who refuse to be daunted by the sheer audacity of their vision, whatever that vision may be. And thus, I applaud the creators of Parallel Worlds, billed as “A New Rock Music Experience” that combines live music, dramatic acting and film. While I’m not sure that [...]

CD Review: Johannes Moser Performs Dvořák and Lalo Cello Concertos

The recent recording of two 19th-century cello concertos — the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvořák and the Cello Concerto in D minor by the French composer Édouard Lalo — performed by German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic led by the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, is an [...]

Dance Review: Lil Buck in ‘What Moves You’ at the Broad Stage

A few years back, a Memphis, Tenn., youngster named Charles Riley picked up on the street dance craze exploding through his neighborhood. A mixture of quick footwork, a rippling torso and sinuous arms, “jookin” has gone far beyond its Volunteer State roots. Now, this young man is one of the more prominent exponents of the [...]

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Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

Olga Kern, chairman of the jury for the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (June 19–25, 2016), at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, announced the 12 pianists advancing to the Semifinal Round. The 12 semifinalists represent seven countries.
The semifinalists are:
Xavier Aymonod, 40, strategy consultant (France)
Deirbhile Brennan, 46, accountant [...]

Review: Antaeus Theatre Company Presents ‘Hedda Gabler’

Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (pronounced gobbler) provoked quite a stir when it premiered in 1891. While not unusual in its theme — personal fulfillment vs. societal expectations — it does feature a female lead whose brittle, manipulative and thorny demeanor can be cast in modern terms as a hot mess. That’s what makes it such [...]

Free Tickets to Dance Camera West Film Festival

Dance Camera West’s 15th Annual Dance Media Film Festival explores dance through film and live performance. Taking place at MOCA, UCLA’s Royce Hall and UCLA’s Fowler Museum June 11 and 16-18, this multi-disciplinary festival will showcase many forms of dance including modern, postmodern, world, tap, Dance Theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has [...]

Free Tickets to ‘Parallel Worlds: A New Rock Music Experience’

Parrot Poet Productions presents the world premiere of Parallel Worlds: A New Rock Music Experience. Created by Brandon Beckner with stage direction by Matthew McCray, attendees can expect a powerful live rock concert, a bold theatrical stage play, and an epic big-screen love story, all harmoniously blended with one another to take its audience on a [...]

Free Tickets to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Theatricum Botanicum

Director Ellen Geer re-sets William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in East Jerusalem, kicking off the 2016 summer repertory season at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s outdoor amphitheater.
With its one-of-a-kind outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon and its roots in the 1950s McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist — when actor Will Geer created the theater as a [...]

Rosanna Gamson/World Wide’s ‘Still/Restless’ at REDCAT

Bringing back some of our local artists, REDCAT hosts the world premiere of Los Angeles-based Rosanna Gamson/World Wide’s “Still/Restless” this Thursday through Saturday, June 2-4, at 8:30 p.m. Describing the work in promotional materials as being filled with “virtuosic, intimate and volatile dancing,” the evening-length octet continues the choreographer’s “investigation beyond the dream state and [...]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Bohème’ Redux

I’ve lost exact count, but this is LA Opera’s sixth or seventh revival of the Herbert Ross production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” first launched in 1993. Depending on how many times inveterate operagoers have seen this production, one could hope for a new one. However, this remains one of the more detailed and impressive sets [...]

Dance/Theater Review: ‘In Plain Sight’ at the Bootleg Theater

Art, music and dance are often used in therapeutic settings to help patients overcome psychological difficulties. But choreographers/writers/performers Ally Voye and Carmela Hermann Dietrich took it a step further in creating and presenting their hour-long dance/theater work “In Plain Sight” at the Bootleg Theater this past weekend. With collaborating performers Bill Ratner and Leah Rothman, [...]

Free Tickets to ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ at Hudson Backstage

What is the path we take to find love in a harsh world? Colleen Camp Productions and CRAZYface Productions LLC present a fresh new production of Gruesome Playground Injuries, directed by John Hindman and starring Sara Rae Foster (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) and Jeff Ward (Lifetime’s Manson’s Lost Girls). Rajiv Joseph’s poignant and darkly comic [...]

Free Tickets to O’Neill’s ‘The Hairy Ape’ at Odyssey Theatre

Renowned British actor/writer/director Steven Berkoff will direct a rare production of Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 expressionist play The Hairy Ape at West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre through July 3.
O’Neill’s harrowing critique of class stratification is the story of Robert “Yank” Smith, a brutish ship laborer who searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by [...]