LA Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ in Roaring Twenties Style
When the name Domingo is mentioned in relation to Los Angeles Opera, the first thought is naturally about its director, maestro Plácido. And in this production of La Traviata, the big draw — the ne plus ultra —is Plácido singing the part of père Germont. The roars of approval after every snatch of song by [...][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 [...]
When the name Domingo is mentioned in relation to Los Angeles Opera, the first thought is naturally about its director, maestro Plácido. And in this production of La Traviata, the big draw — the ne plus ultra —is Plácido singing the part of père Germont. The roars of approval after every snatch of song by [...]
“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features [...]
In its second year of presenting new cross-genre performance work created by our very own Los Angeles Performance Practice, the Bootleg Theater and Show Box L.A. are bringing two strong and innovative voices front and center in the 2014 Live Arts Exchange Festival (LAX). Drawing from the performing arts of dance, music, theater, video and [...]
Los Angeles-based choreographer/director Daniel Ezralow is launching his new company, Ezralow Dance, and bringing his Olympic-scale choreography to his home base this Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. at the outdoor Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood.
Though he began as a rough and tumble modern dancer in the prestigious companies of Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Lar Lubavitch, ISO [...]
The Music Center invites Southern California high school students in the performing and visual arts to apply to The Music Center’s Spotlight program. Now in its 27th year, Spotlight is one of the nation’s premier arts education and scholarship programs for teens, providing arts training by professional artists and awarding over $100,000 in scholarships.
The Music [...]
REDCAT’s 11th annual New Original Works Festival continues in its downtown space with the second of three boundary-bending dance, music, multimedia and theater creations. Selected from an army of LA-based performing art makers, Program 2 includes tabletop puppetry by Marsian de Lellis, a sound and movement exploration by d. Sabela grimes and new work by [...]
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 [...]