leadimage Review: LA Opera’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

    To composer Gaetano Donizetti, Scotland was a mysterious realm of forbidding landscapes and fierce tribes, no less exotic than an Arabian souk. A real incident in the 17th century, in which Scotswoman Janet Dalrymple stabbed her husband on their wedding night, provided Donizetti the inspiration for his 1835 Lucia di Lammermoor, a compelling story that [...]

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Review: ‘Top Girls’ at the Antaeus Theater

What is Classic? The folks at Antaeus normally present theater that everyone understands as classical — Corneille, Chekhov, Miller, etc. However, this season, they are pushing the boundaries of that term. With “Top Girls,” written by British playwright Caryl Churchill in 1982, we are thrust back into the era of Princess Di, Boy George and [...]

CD Review: Anne Akiko Meyers, David Lockington and the English Chamber Orchestra Perform Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’

Try getting through your daily routine without running into Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. You would be hard-pressed to enter a five-star restaurant or luxury retail store without “Spring” playing in the Muzak. In a world saturated with the Four Seasons, Anne Akiko Meyers has released her take on this iconic piece.
The Four Seasons, composed in [...]

The Royal Grand Groundlings Hawaiian Resort and Spa

Audiences with YouTube-length attention spans should rush over to the Groundlings Theatre for their latest comedic offerings of improv and sketches: “The Royal Grand Groundlings Hawaiian Resort and Spa.” “Saturday Night Live” could take a few pointers from this hilarious production. The 15 spoofs all ended with definitive endings, instead of just ending. The 100-minute show [...]

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Review: LACO Westside Connections With Richard Montoya

Performance artist and satirist Richard Montoya brought his pointed history of Chavez Ravine and Dodger Stadium to the Westside of Los Angeles at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica on April 3. Bravo to Concertmaster Margaret Batjer on another unique program for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Westside Connections series. The theme was culturally relevant [...]

Vogue-ing Meets Postmodern Dance With Trajal Harrell at REDCAT

It takes a place like REDCAT to discover performance that is just as much out there on the margins — wild and crazy, unexpected, unique — as it is important and significant in today’s dance and performance world. Bringing acclaimed New York-based choreographer Trajal Harrell into its theater for a weekend of performances Thursday [...]

Tere O’Connor Dance Returns to the Skirball

It’s not often that a touring production from New York City reaches us here in Los Angeles within the same calendar year. Rare, too, that it brings the original cast to the local stage. Nevertheless, Angelenos will get an up-to-the-minute glimpse of what’s happening in the East Coast’s dance mecca when highly acclaimed Tere O’Connor [...]

Review: LA Opera’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

To composer Gaetano Donizetti, Scotland was a mysterious realm of forbidding landscapes and fierce tribes, no less exotic than an Arabian souk. A real incident in the 17th century, in which Scotswoman Janet Dalrymple stabbed her husband on their wedding night, provided Donizetti the inspiration for his 1835 Lucia di Lammermoor, a compelling story that [...]

Music Review: Kronos Quartet at CAP UCLA

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA brought a fantastic weekend of celebration to Los Angeles to honor the 40th anniversary of the Kronos Quartet in their home away from home at Royce Hall. The March 14 program featured a Los Angeles premiere by Phillip Glass and the world premiere of a composition [...]

Review: ‘Slowgirl’ at the Geffen Playhouse

The West Coast premiere of the Steppenwolf Theatre Production of “Slowgirl,” currently at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, accomplishes one part of its title very right — slow. Sound designer Richard Woodbury’s chirping birds and scenic designer Takeshi Kata’s adaptable shack set nail the languid mood and unhurried pacing of a [...]

Review: ‘Carmen’ by Pacific Opera Project

Hey, stagnant economy got you staying at home to save money? Flat wages crimping your entertainment mojo? Well, here’s a deal for you… you and three of your friends get your own front row table to see Carmen for $90 (advance purchase price, otherwise $100). Not good enough? OK, they’ll throw in a complimentary bottle [...]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Strad Fest LA’ Showcases 8 Stradivarius Violins

There are only about 650 Stradivarius instruments in existence — including violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars. So the fact that the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is gathering eight violins from the 17th and 18th centuries (the Strad’s Golden Period) for a major music event means that “Strad Fest LA” promises to be a rare [...]

Review: Dudamel Conducts Corigliano and Brahms

In some ways, the LA Phil concert at Disney Hall on Saturday night was typical for Gustavo Dudamel. The concert featured two works: one contemporary—the Symphony No. 1 by John Corigliano—and one romantic—the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Brahms. Nevertheless, it could be argued that both works were romantic in a [...]

Review: LA Phil’s TchaikovskyFest Serves Up a Shakespearean Fantasy

It was the week of the Oscars here in Tinseltown, and Disney Hall could not escape the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. In presenting Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Shakespearean Fantasy Overtures on Feb. 26 as part of its TchaikovskyFest, the LA Philharmonic collaborated with a star-studded cast that included Orlando Bloom, Robert Sean Leonard, Joe Morton [...]