Review: ‘Scott and Hem’ at Falcon Theatre
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were a true odd couple, friends at some points and enemies at others — sometimes both on the same day. It’s a reality probably not too hard to understand when you consider their larger-than-life personalities, their desire for fame, their vacillating egos and insecurities, and their alcoholism. Playwright Mark [...][continue reading...]
We need contemporary opera. The art form has to continue and evolve. That means opera houses have to challenge us with a “Moby-Dick” as much as they have to comfort us with another “La Bohème.” In that spirit, LA Opera brings us Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Moby-Dick,” a Dallas Opera commission that premiered in [...]Review: Courtney Love and Todd Almond in ‘Kansas City Choir Boy’ at Kirk Douglas Theatre
There will always be great love stories. Some carry an eternal flame and others tragically burn out. As much as we try to package these emotional sagas into a narrative, the memories come in and out of focus — blurring the past with a nostalgic haze that distorts what really happened. In the aftermath of [...]Review: ‘The Dock Brief’ at Pacific Resident Theatre
“Comedy is, to my mind, the only thing worth writing in this despairing age, providing it is comedy which is truly on the side of the lonely, the neglected and the unsuccessful.” So says Sir John Mortimer, the British-born playwright and author of The Dock Brief. While this modest comedy has only two characters — [...]
Since one of my favorite novels is Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” I had to check out Archway Theatre’s adaptation on Nov. 20, even though it was closing weekend. Tiny theaters like the Archway in North Hollywood, which has maybe 40 seats, offer an unbeatable intimacy and always seem to have high-caliber acting. I think they have [...]
Artist, performer, choreographer and recent Doris Duke Artist Award recipient Ann Carlson has been in Westwood for the past year galvanizing 100 members of the UCLA staff and faculty and students from across the campus to create “Symphonic Body/UCLA.” This new rendition of a structure previously developed at Stanford University will have its world premiere [...]
Stories about the sea from Moby Dick to The Sea Wolf to The Old Man and the Sea speak not only of adventure but of discovery… as much or more about one’s self than anything else. And so it is with The Money Fish, John Cox’s exhilarating one-man show about his experiences on a fishing [...]
Anyone that went to art school or hangs out with artists knows how precious “studio time” is. Considered a safe space for creatives to develop their work before presenting to the public, this judgment-free zone fosters the synthesis of ideas and collaboration. In that vein, REDCAT presents Studio, an ongoing series in which Los Angeles [...]
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, presents Márcio Faraco in concert, accompanied by musicians from both Brazil and France, on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
French-Brazilian composer and guitarist Faraco has quietly built a solid international reputation since the release of his debut solo album in [...]
In an uncommonly thorough week of performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings her contemporary dance company, Rosas, into town for four different programs beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10, and continuing Thursday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 14. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Culture Spot posted a ticket giveaway last [...]
From her first performed works in the 1980s, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s activity has been consistent, yet always unexpected. Today she is one of the most prominent artists in contemporary dance.
With Rosas: Then & Now, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presents a four-night showcase of two early and career-defining works alongside [...]
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were a true odd couple, friends at some points and enemies at others — sometimes both on the same day. It’s a reality probably not too hard to understand when you consider their larger-than-life personalities, their desire for fame, their vacillating egos and insecurities, and their alcoholism. Playwright Mark [...]
On Nov. 1, Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov led the LA Phil in two Opus 64 works, the Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 by Mendelssohn with Renaud Capuçon as soloist and An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss, Op. 64.
The first half was devoted to the Mendelssohn concerto, and from the outset it was clear [...]
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Grim and Fischer by Wonderheads, an award-winning comedy performed wordless and in full-face mask, that will take the audience to a wonderful world of imagination. In this play, the Grim Reaper meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned [...]