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Review: ‘Alcestis’ at the Theatre at Boston Court

July 2, 2013 | By Beverly Lafontaine | Category: Theater and Dance

Critical Mass Performance Group’s staging of “Alcestis” at the Theatre @ Boston Court is a retelling of Euripides’ exploration of mankind’s fear of death. Playwright Nancy Keystone incorporates Euripides’ archetypal characters, yet adds psychological dimensions of angst and banality recognizable to modern audiences.
This is the world premiere of the play, directed by Keystone and created [...]



‘Take Me to the Poorhouse’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 4, 2013 | By Beverly Lafontaine | Category: Theater and Dance

“Take Me to the Poorhouse” is a one-woman play of fun — pure and simple. Actress Liz Femi is schoolgirl Lizzie, a middle-class Nigerian with fantasies fueled by the ridiculous and fanciful exploits she’s seen in American movies. The safe, orderly and clean life she and her parents live in their Nigerian neighborhood seems to [...]



Review: The Group Rep’s Revival of ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ at the Lonny Chapman Theatre

May 7, 2013 | By Beverly Lafontaine | Category: Theater and Dance

Considering the proliferation of hostage-taking all over the world, from opportunistic drug lords in Latin America to militant groups in the Middle East and Africa, it doesn’t take much to identify with the characters of “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.” The Group Rep’s revival of Frank McGuinness’ Tony-nominated play etches the lives of three men [...]



Pasadena Museum of California Art

March 29, 2013 | By Beverly Lafontaine | Category: Art and Museums

The 11-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art has sought to fulfill the aspirations of founders Robert and Arlene Oltman to present the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California.
“California Scene Paintings from 1930 to 1960” is currently mounted in the museum’s main [...]



Review: ‘Eurydice’ at A Noise Within

March 27, 2013 | By Beverly Lafontaine | Category: Theater and Dance

As in the original myth of Eurydice and Orpheus, there is much heartbreak in playwright Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” an intriguing rendering of the story onstage at A Noise Within through May 19. As it’s been told traditionally, this is Orpheus’ tale. Ruhl has decided to make it Eurydice’s journey we follow this time as she [...]



Native Voices at the Autry presents ‘The Bird House’ by Diane Glancy

March 7, 2013 | By Beverly Lafontaine | Category: Theater and Dance

Playwright Diane Glancy’s “The Bird House” offers the plight of Rev. Jonathan Logan — affably played by Randy Reinholz — and his woebegone family.  Directed by Robert Caisley, it gets its world premiere at Native Voices at the Autry and runs through March 17.
Jonathan “Hawk” Logan is a man at the end of his rope, [...]