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Review: Pat Graney and ‘Girl Gods’ at REDCAT

November 8, 2016 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Theater and Dance

Perhaps it’s the anxiety of this tumultuous election that is pushing feminists’ unfinished business vehemently into the cross fires of not only headlines, but also making a mark in the art world. Just take a look at the success of Sheila Callaghan’s “Women Laughing Alone With Salad” or Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” which [...]



Review: ‘Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno’ at REDCAT

October 16, 2016 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Theater and Dance

On Oct. 8, there’s a man on rollerblades crouching on the pavement behind a signature blue Ikea bag outside REDCAT’s box office. My first instinct is to allow 10 feet between me and the unidentifiable man in the event that he is hiding, oh I don’t know, maybe a weapon (remember the Ikea bag draped [...]



‘Mike Kelley: Single Channel Videos’ at REDCAT

December 22, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Art and Museums, Film

Many critics and famous artists have claimed Mike Kelley is responsible for putting the L.A. “art scene” on the map. After attending CalArts in the late ’70s under the guidance of teachers like John Baldessari and Laurie Anderson, he created an expansive network of multi-disciplinary artists, musicians and actors that he regularly collaborated with out [...]



Review: Young Jean Lee turns the gaze on ‘Straight White Men’ at Kirk Douglas Theatre

December 3, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

It’s clear, even when the salacious song “Yankin’” by the unapologetic woman rapper “Lady” blasted during the pre-show wait at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, that playwright Young Jean Lee seeks to push your boundaries of comfort. The night I attended “Straight White Men,” an older man shouted that Lee should be “strung up” [...]



Review: ‘TOYS: A Dark Fairytale’ at the Hudson Guild Theatre

November 27, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Theater and Dance

When the world is entrenched in a state of political frenzy, it’s inevitable that theater will emphatically take to the stage, creating a new forum for debate. Try as they might, a government’s attempt at censorship will only provoke artists to subvert against the regime. As a response to Communism’s tight control of Eastern Europe [...]



Studio: Fall 2015 at REDCAT showcases works in progress from LA artists

November 11, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Theater and Dance

Anyone that went to art school or hangs out with artists knows how precious “studio time” is. Considered a safe space for creatives to develop their work before presenting to the public, this judgment-free zone fosters the synthesis of ideas and collaboration. In that vein, REDCAT presents Studio, an ongoing series in which Los Angeles [...]



Review: Courtney Love and Todd Almond in ‘Kansas City Choir Boy’ at Kirk Douglas Theatre

October 25, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

There will always be great love stories. Some carry an eternal flame and others tragically burn out. As much as we try to package these emotional sagas into a narrative, the memories come in and out of focus — blurring the past with a nostalgic haze that distorts what really happened. In the aftermath of [...]



Review: Sankai Juko at CAP UCLA

October 20, 2015 | By Natalie Kessel | Category: Theater and Dance

Our lives are regulated in accordance to a linear timeline, accelerating forward with an impending urgency that feels unrelenting and often unstoppable. With so many notifications and social media’s incessant demand for our attention, it’s rather challenging to be fully immersed in the experience — to enter a hypnotic state where the pressures of time [...]