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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, [...]



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 [...]