leadimage 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 [...]

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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 [...]

Review: ‘The Navigator’ at the Actors Complex Let Live Theatre

Original, smartly written and well acted, the West Coast premiere of “The Navigator” guides the Actors Complex Let Live Theatre audience through its winding path of implausibility, bad choices and hilarity. Leslie Kincaid Burby tightly directs her talented cast of four in a fast-paced, modulated one-hour road trip as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Playwright [...]

Review: ‘Dates and Nuts’ at the Bootleg Theater

The logline for “Dates and Nuts” reads as follows: “An animal rights activist searches for love in the jungle of New York City.” Not exactly an original premise, but in the right hands, it could be a hoot. As it turns out, a combination of assured writing, believable acting and good direction adds up to [...]

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Review: ‘The Manor’ at the Greystone Mansion

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 [...]

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 [...]

CD Review: Dvořák and Janáček Performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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 [...]

Review: ‘Abbamemnon’ at the Falcon Theatre

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 [...]

‘West Side Story’ at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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 [...]

Lionel Popkin at REDCAT

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 [...]

Review: ‘Tiananmen Annie’ at the Hudson Guild Theatre

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 [...]

Dance Camera West Occupies Downtown LA

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 [...]

Review: DOMA Theatre Company’s ‘Dorian’s Descent’ at the MET Theatre

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 [...]

Review: Dudamel and LA Phil End Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy With ‘Così fan tutte’

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic wrapped up the Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy this weekend with “Così fan tutte.” Once a year for the past three years, Angelenos have had the chance to experience a staged opera at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The LA Phil productions are not on the scale of LA Opera’s; but their [...]