Review: ‘The Curse of Oedipus’ at Antaeus Theater
With episodes of patricide, fratricide and suicide, it seems as if every side of “The Curse of Oedipus” is going to be sensational and gruesome. But don’t mind the mayhem — the expert retelling of this ancient Greek myth assures a rich and entertaining night at the theater. Writer Kenneth Cavander and Director Casey Stangl [...][continue reading...]
The best entertainments take you places — places where you likely have never been — and offer you a grandstand seat to explore that world. “Burq Off!,” a one-woman show by Nadia Parvez Manzoor, would certainly qualify for most Americans. It receives its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles (July 17-19) at the Elephant Stages [...]REDCAT’s 11th New Original Works Festival
For its 11th annual summer festival celebrating Los Angeles’ own dance, theater and multimedia performance, REDCAT’s New Original Works (NOW) Festival opens this Thursday for a three-weekend run in the theater below Disney Hall. Described as a laboratory for envelope-pushing ideas for the stage, two or three artists share each distinct program beginning July 24 [...]Review: ‘Always…Patsy Cline’ at El Portal Theatre
The stunning talents of Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert receive a wonderful showcase in “Always…Patsy Cline,” currently at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
The role of Louise Seger, single mother and rabid Patsy Cline fan, seems as tailor-made for Struthers as the tiiiight jeans Struthers mimes putting on. Struthers is in her comedic prime with her [...]
The Inkwell Theatre presents a talented cast in its world premiere of Louise Munson’s “Luigi,” a two-and-a-half-hour tale of a family’s (most likely last) get-together with their patriarch in the winter of his years. There seems to be no real story to be told here. (Warning: If not fluent in Italian, a percentage of the [...]
Theatre 40 successfully mounts its 200th-plus performance (in 12 years) of Kathrine Bates’ “The Manor.” Playwright Bates has fashioned an intriguing three-hour tale based on the wealthy Doheny Family during the 1920s (Act I) and 1930s (Act II). The audience actually follows the action, moving from room to room in Doheny’s mansion, the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
The strong cast [...]
With episodes of patricide, fratricide and suicide, it seems as if every side of “The Curse of Oedipus” is going to be sensational and gruesome. But don’t mind the mayhem — the expert retelling of this ancient Greek myth assures a rich and entertaining night at the theater. Writer Kenneth Cavander and Director Casey Stangl [...]
These days, American symphony orchestras are looking for young and exciting music directors who can breathe new life into what has become a staid art form that mostly appeals to septua- and octogenarian audiences. In 2009, the LA Phil accomplished this with a lot of fanfare by hiring perhaps the most sought-after young conductor in [...]
Abba aficionados (and theater lovers looking for some good laughs), run to see “Abbamemnon” currently at the Falcon Theatre! The Troubadour Theater Company, headed by Matt Walker, has taken classic Abba songs and inserted them, quite logically and very cleverly, into a re-imagining of the classic Greek tragedy “Agamemnon.”
The experience begins when you enter the [...]
Thanks to organizations like the Los Angeles Conservancy, some good things from our collective past don’t get lost in the barrage of the new. This Saturday, June 14, at 8 p.m., the Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series will screen the one-and-only “West Side Story” at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Not only will we get [...]
Coming home to Los Angeles from his national tour, choreographer Lionel Popkin is bringing “Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” downtown to REDCAT for three performances this weekend: Thursday through Saturday, June 12-14, at 8:30 p.m.
Inspired by the early 20th-century American modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, a trio of dancers (including the dancemaker) is joined [...]
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Ann Starbuck vividly performs the one-woman show she wrote reliving her experiences of Beijing circa June of 1989. With much enthusiasm and commitment to her storytelling, Starbuck deftly illustrates to the Hudson Guild Theatre audience the intimacies of the Chinese people she encounters — MaeMae, the young Chinese [...]
For its 13th annual explosion of new and original creativity mixing all forms of dance with film, architectural sculpture, audience participation and even live performance, the internationally regarded and hometown-based Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival takes over Los Angeles this weekend into next (June 6-8+13).
With screenings, performances, awards ceremonies and an outdoor family-friendly [...]
DOMA Theatre Company has an impressive resume of producing fine and entertaining musicals (“Avenue Q,” “Xanadu,” “Nine”). With some judicious editing and re-writing from an impartial third eye, their current show at the MET Theatre, the world premiere “Dorian’s Descent,” could join those esteemed accomplishments.
The talented cast has obviously been chosen for their almost-uniformly strong [...]