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Review: Nick Dear’s ‘Frankenstein’ at A Noise Within

August 22, 2019 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

It’s clear who the real monster is in Nick Dear’s “Frankenstein.” Hint: It’s not the guy stitched together with dead body parts. Dear’s play, which premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2011, tells Mary Shelley’s story from the perspective of Victor Frankenstein’s creature. It gets its California premiere at A Noise Within in Pasadena […]



Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Mikado’ opens Aug. 16

August 13, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

“The Mikado,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring work and one of Pacific Opera Project’s most popular productions, returns for three weekends of performances at the Highland Park Ebell Club Aug. 16 to 31. What could possibly make this production better than POP’s sold-out run in 2013? Food and wine of course! Table seating will be available […]



Free Tickets to Concerts at Mt. Wilson Observatory

July 29, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The next event in the Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome at the Mount Wilson Observatory will be Sunday, Aug. 4, and feature Schubert’s String Quintet in C major performed by the Lyris Quartet featuring Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, violins, Luke Maurer, viola, Timothy Loo, cello, and Cécilia Tsan, cello. The concerts (same program at 3 and 5 p.m.) are one […]



Free Tickets to ‘Bad Hamlet’

July 24, 2019 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

Coin & Ghost, LA’s theatrical home for remixed mythologies, will present its latest World premiere, “Bad Hamlet,” at the end of July, as the inaugural production of its second season. The emerging theater company’s new work — devised by the ensemble and directed by Rob Adler — is an irreverent, interactive and inventive play that places Shakespeare’s […]



Review: ‘Mysterious Circumstances’ at the Geffen Playhouse

June 25, 2019 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

David Grann, a journalist who writes nonfiction that reads like fiction, has written compelling books about a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon looking for a lost ancient city and the Osage Indian murders that led to the creation of the FBI. In December 2004, he published an article in The New Yorker called […]



The Royal Ballet at The Music Center with Thomas Adès and Company Wayne McGregor

June 20, 2019 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

After a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company, The Royal Ballet, returns to The Music Center for two back-to-back weekends this July at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From July 5–7, The Royal Ballet performs its masterpiece, Mayerling, a three-act work depicting scandal and murder in the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire. The […]



Free fun with The Music Center and Grand Park

June 20, 2019 | By | Category: Entertainment and Events

Hot fun in the summertime begins in June as The Music Center presents Grand Park’s 2019 summer season of free outdoor activities and events offered throughout the 12-acre “park for everyone.” The free fun kicks off with returning favorites, including The Music Center’s popular Dance DTLA on Friday nights and local House music concerts during Grand Park Sunday […]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

June 18, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

LA Opera’s season-ending party was a blast. Director and Designer Marta Domingo’s production (also seen in 2006 and 2014) of Verdi’s “La Traviata” places the action of the 1853 opera in the roaring 1920s, an era of excess that perfectly fits the story of Violetta, “the woman led astray.” In the beginning, a gorgeous 1920s […]



Sigrid Gilmer’s ‘Mama Metal’ from IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

June 13, 2019 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

Sigrid Gilmer’s “Mama Metal” is a surreal take on the “mama drama,” the two most famous of which, Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” figure in this new play. Gilmer’s Humanitas-developed meta-theatrical comedy received its world premiere at the Atwater Village Theatre in May and continues through June 23. […]



Numi Opera enters the scene with ‘Der Zwerg’

June 5, 2019 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Bravo (on a number of counts) to Numi Opera for their inaugural production of Alexander Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg” on May 30 and June 2. First, Founder and Executive Director Gail Gordon has introduced to Los Angeles another arts organization devoted to opera. Second, as Gordon noted in the program, Numi Opera has a special mission: […]