Theater and Dance

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, [...]



Free Tickets to ‘Uncanny Valley’ at International City Theatre

April 18, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

What does it mean to be human? How far will we go to live forever? The Los Angeles premiere of Uncanny Valley, a new play about artificial intelligence written by Thomas Gibbons, directed by caryn desai [sic], and starring Susan Denaker and Jacob Sidney, opens April 21 and runs through May 7 at International City [...]



Free Tickets to Dance Camera West Film Festival

April 17, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Film, Theater and Dance

Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Los Angeles-based Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival reels out this week, starting on Thursday, April 20, and ending Sunday, April 30. Visiting West Side venues including UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Glorya Kaufman Hall, Royce Hall and the Santa Monica Pier, the presentations are divided into groups of international short [...]



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 [...]



Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

March 16, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The New York City-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been performing in Los Angeles for decades. Almost every visit to the Southland includes a performance of its signature master work, “Revelations.” The work was choreographed by company founder and its artistic director until his death in 1989, Alvin Ailey. His timeless celebration of the [...]



Review: ‘Plasticity’ at Hudson Theatres

March 15, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Plasticity is ostensibly a one-man show, yet with some half a dozen distinctly different characters that emerge, fade and reappear at various points within the show, you would be forgiven for thinking multiple actors were on stage. Credit goes to performer and co-writer Alex Lyras, who gives a tour de force performance that inhabits [...]



Review: Echo Theater Company Presents ‘The Found Dog Ribbon Dance’

March 1, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

Weird title, huh? But it is certainly fitting considering the oddballs who inhabit this world-premiere play from Dominic Finocchiaro. It’s the first play of the season by the Echo Theater Company, which specializes in new plays. For 90 minutes (without intermission) we are treated to a panoply of individuals, most of whom seem somewhat lost [...]



Helios Dance Theater’s ‘Minor Obsessions’ at the Ace Hotel

February 27, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Known for its kinetic sensuality, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller’s Helios Dance Theater will premiere its newest adventure, “Minor Obsessions,” at the recently renovated Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m. With only one performance, the company is adding a cyber element to the live production. This mixed reality combination [...]



Free Tickets to ‘Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny’ From Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble

February 27, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, presents a movement adaptation of John Milton’s eloquent epic poem, “Paradise Lost.” “Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny” was adapted by NMA Co-artistic Director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge and co-directed with NMA Co-artistic Director Laura Covelli. Blending dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering and Not Man Apart’s unique [...]



Jonah Bokaer’s ‘Rules of the Game’ at UCLA’s Royce Hall

February 8, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA brings high-profile dance and theater productions to its campus. This week, for only one performance on Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m., Royce Hall will host the West Coast premiere of Jonah Bokaer’s collaborative project, “Rules of the Game.”
Working with eight dancers, scenic designer Daniel Arsham [...]