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Review: Wicked Lit

October 9, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

As Halloween approaches, the gates to the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena have once again been thrown open for the most recent iteration of Wicked Lit, a trio of site-specific, spooky-themed plays that runs through Nov. 11. This year we are treated to Thoth’s Labyrinth, written by Wicked Lit Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, [...]



Review: Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at LA Opera

October 8, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Hot on the heels of the perennial smash Carmen, LA Opera is mounting another earlier opera from Georges Bizet, The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles). Instead of Southern Spain, this time we are whisked halfway around the world to Sri Lanka at the confluence of industry, religion and lust. Good ingredients for an opera? [...]



Review: The Actors’ Gang Presents ‘Captain Greedy’s Carnival’

October 2, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

In keeping with his amusingly subversive approach to theater, Tim Robbins, artistic director of the Actors’ Gang, is calling this the “Season of Thugs, Outcasts and Heavenly Myths.” To kick it off, he is presenting Captain Greedy’s Carnival (A Musical Nightmare) through Nov. 11 at the Ivy Substation in Culver City. Playwright Jack Pinter uses [...]



Review: ‘Carmen’ With Ana María Martínez at LA Opera

September 18, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The twists of fate can be cruel for artists. Too often, they only gain renown years, sometimes centuries, after toiling their lives away in relative obscurity. Such is the case with Georges Bizet. With Carmen selling out at LA Opera and adding performances, and another of his operas, The Pearl Fishers, coming later this fall, [...]



Review: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at the Odyssey

September 7, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Who doesn’t love a good horror-comedy? You can drive by the Nuart Theater in West LA any Saturday night and see kids lining up for the midnight show of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even more classic than that is Arsenic and Old Lace, playing just a stone’s throw down Sepulveda at the Odyssey Theater. [...]



Review: ‘Animal Farm’ at Theatricum Botanicum

June 26, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The arrival of warmer weather coincides with the opening of another season at the Theatricum Botanicum, the verdant outdoor theater nestled near the top of Topanga Canyon. One of the highlights of this season is an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm, onstage through Oct. 1 The 1945 novella, an allegory reflecting the events [...]



Steve Tyrell at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center

May 22, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Entertainment and Events

Bantering with his audience at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on May 20, Steve Tyrell seems to be a man completely comfortable and in his element, as if he’s been doing this his entire life. Only he hasn’t. He came to his singing career in his mid-40s more by happenstance and has since gone on [...]



Review: ‘Farragut North’ at the Odyssey Theatre

April 24, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Things being what they are in Washington right now, politics has been a subject on everyone’s mind lately. While it’s still early after the seismic election results of last fall, it seems likely that playwrights will, after a certain amount of cogitation and fermentation, inevitably get around to sharpening their pencils about it. For now, [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’

April 3, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Quick — name three opéras fantastiques. That’s a tough one. About the only one that comes to mind is The Tales of Hoffmann. LA Opera’s enchanting production — playing through April 15 — offers a delightful mix of lilting romantic music, beautiful sets and eye-catching costumes.  It is also an unusual family collaboration, celebrating [...]



Review: ‘Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny’ from Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble

March 16, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

How do you boil down the 10,000 lines of verse in Paradise Lost to absolutely nothing and still have it be meaningful? Simple: give it to Jones (Welsh) Talmadge of the Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble and have him do a movement-only adaptation. John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem expanded upon the biblical story of [...]