Theater and Dance

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at UCLA

October 31, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

As is often the case, choreographer/director/author and Kennedy Center Awardee Bill T. Jones is pushing the envelope. Having spent four years developing his new “Analogy Trilogy,” the ensemble is taking up residence on the Royce Hall stage to present the three pieces in succession in two shows Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Presented [...]



East Indian music and ballet with Lines Ballet and Alonzo King at The Wallis

October 29, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The San Francisco-based Lines Ballet and its innovative choreographer/director, Alonzo King, together with Grammy Award-winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and ninth-generation Sarangi master Sabir Khan bring their centuries-old artistic foundations to merge this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bram Goldsmith Theater of The Wallis.
This Southern California debut of the evening-length [...]



Cas Public at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

October 23, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

American modern dance pioneer Martha Graham brought her milieu to our northern neighbor in the middle of the 20th century. Like here, it was celebrated in the dance lexicon as a revolutionary means of movement expression. But Canada’s connection to this U.S.-founded art form is currently not very apparent. Our maple leaf colleague’s contemporary scene [...]



Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

October 20, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]



Review: Ghost stories from Wicked Lit

October 8, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

I’m not crazy about pumpkin spice anything, but one thing I definitely look forward to each fall is Wicked Lit — the Halloween-themed theater experience that haunts Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena each October and November.
This is Paul Millet and Jonathan Josephson’s 10th annual fall production of Wicked Lit; and instead of going [...]



Wayne McGregor’s ‘Autobiography’ at the Ahmanson Theatre

October 2, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

British contemporary dance choreographer Wayne McGregor is bringing his “Autobiography” to the Ahmanson Theatre for two shows this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. and a single show on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. Launching the 2018/2019 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, this Los Angeles [...]



David Rousseve’s ‘Halfway to Dawn’ at REDCAT

October 1, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Following its mission to showcase the latest high-quality creations in contemporary dance, music and theater, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) presents the world premiere of David Rousseve’s “Halfway to Dawn.” Shows run Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.
Nine modern dancers, video [...]



Karen Zacarías’ ‘Native Gardens’ at Pasadena Playhouse

September 22, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Karen Zacarías takes issues like racism, sexism and ageism and tangles them all up in “Native Gardens.” Fortunately, it’s a rollicking comedy with a happy ending. The play continues at the Pasadena Playhouse through Sept. 30. Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander directs.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the playhouse is the elaborate [...]



‘KAMP’ at REDCAT

September 18, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Continuing its mission of bringing exciting new theater, dance and music to LA audiences, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater hosts the local premiere of “KAMP” this week. Performances run Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
Created in 2005 and already seen and celebrated across the [...]



Review: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ ‘Gloria’ gets West Coast premiere from Echo Theater Company

September 17, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins worked at “The New Yorker,” but has said in interviews that his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Gloria” is not based on his experience there. No matter. It rings so true — as any good fiction does. You can see the Echo Theater Company’s West Coast premiere of his 2015 work, [...]