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    LA Opera’s revival of The Marriage of Figaro completes this season’s so-called Figaro trilogy and reveals Mozart at the height of his genius. To the glorious music, add a heap of silly antics, lavish costumes and eye-popping sets and you have a recipe for pure pleasure, and that is just what LA Opera delivers.
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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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Poor Dog Group Barks Downtown at REDCAT

To our great springtime fortune, hometown theater collective Poor Dog Group will be back in the house! After having presented “The Murder Ballad (1938)” in the 2012 New Original Works Festival at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the company has been invited to reprise the evening-length movement-based theater piece this Thursday through Saturday, [...]

Review: Neeme Järvi Conducts the LA Phil in Brahms and Suk

The Estonian conductor (and American citizen since 1980) Neeme Järvi led the LA Phil in a program of works by Brahms (Tragic Overture, Op. 81 and Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98) and Joseph Suk (Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 24) in a Saturday matinee concert on April 18.
The program started with [...]

Review: Hélène Grimaud in Recital at Disney Hall

It has been quite a season for world-renowned pianists at Disney Hall, including Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Martha Argerich, András Schiff, Murray Perahia, Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. On Tuesday night, the French pianist Hélène Grimaud was the latest, performing a unique and personal program. It was, in fact, a tale of two halves.
The first [...]

Martha Graham Dance Company Storms Into the Valley Performing Arts Center

Though it was quite a few decades ago when the legendary pioneering dancer/choreographer Martha Graham spent a part of her teenage years in Santa Barbara, her still-operating New York City-based dance company is visiting the Southland this weekend. Presenting only one performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, [...]

Free Tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale Concert of Tan Dun’s ‘Water Passion After St. Matthew’

Don’t miss one of the most talked-about concerts in the history of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Water becomes an extraordinary and transformative musical instrument taking center stage as it flows, drips, gurgles, splashes, bubbles and crashes to create a staggering array of percussive sounds when the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, [...]

Review: Antaeus Presents ‘Henry IV (Part I)’

Coming back to Shakespeare after some time away can be somewhat daunting. It definitely takes some cultural recalibrating to wrap your head around the Elizabethan mindset, the cultural references, and especially the archaic language. Who but a scholar could be expected to know what a younker is — or an estridge, or a gurnet, or [...]

Review: ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at LA Opera

LA Opera’s revival of The Marriage of Figaro completes this season’s so-called Figaro trilogy and reveals Mozart at the height of his genius. To the glorious music, add a heap of silly antics, lavish costumes and eye-popping sets and you have a recipe for pure pleasure, and that is just what LA Opera delivers.
Mozart’s The [...]

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 [...]