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Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Don Giovanni’

April 16, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

With the #MeToo movement lately having its cultural moment, whereby at least some men behaving badly get some form of comeuppance, it seems quite timely to have the Pacific Opera Project staging Don Giovanni, the quintessential tale of out-of-control toxic masculinity. To keep things fresh, Artistic Director Josh Shaw has taken over an old warehouse [...]



The Wooster Group’s A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique) at REDCAT

April 12, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

In LA’s small-theater world, one can usually expect timely (or timeless) themes presented by actors intent on demonstrating their acting chops to potential casting directors or other industry types who may be lurking in the dark on any given evening. But with experimental theater, the themes are amorphous, and the acting is often of secondary [...]



Review: ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ at the Wallis

December 14, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

I’m always interested in the genesis of complex works: What was the spark? How did it develop? What collaborations were key to its success? The Heart of Robin Hood, now playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, has particularly unusual DNA. It’s an English myth, re-envisioned by a British screenwriter, filtered through [...]



Review: ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theater

November 27, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

The printed edition of The Man Who Came to Dinner starts with the inscription “To Alexander Woollcott, for reasons that are nobody’s business.” And therein lies a tale. (One brought to the David Schall Theater by the Actors Co-op Theatre Company, through Dec. 17.)
Woollcott was a well-known theater critic, radio host and raconteur in the [...]



Review: Antaeus Presents ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’

November 3, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

Antaeus, the theater group dedicated to performing classic plays, recently moved from their longtime home in North Hollywood to a sleek new space in downtown Glendale. With a roomy 80-seat theater and extra room for their expanding library of classic plays, the new theater is just what Antaeus needed to bring their high-quality productions to [...]



Review: POP Opera Presents ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ and ‘The Medium’

November 3, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

Pacific Opera Project is presenting a pair of spooky opera shorts to celebrate the season when spirits rise and walk among us. The Monkey’s Paw is a recent adaptation of an old short story, while The Medium is an hour-long meditation on the human costs of spiritual manipulation. The brevity of these pieces requires a [...]



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, [...]