Theater and Dance

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, [...]



Review: Echo Theater Company Presents Daniel Talbott’s ‘What Happened When’

August 13, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

I had just read Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” and watched John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and I had the appetite for something equally dark and intense. I got it with the Echo Theater Company’s production of Daniel Talbott’s “What Happened When,” directed by Chris Fields.
I arrived at the Atwater Village Theatre early. It’s in a [...]



Veterans, Memories and Dance Theater at the New Ford in Hollywood

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

After a three-year upgrade in all aspects of the theatrical experience at this 1920s-created outdoor hillside site, the Los Angeles County-owned Ford Theatres presents the world premiere of Arianne MacBean and the Big Show Company’s “The Collective Memory Project” this Thursday and Friday, June 28-29, at 8:30 p.m.
Inspired by 13 Memory Movement Workshops held with [...]



O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at the Wallis

June 5, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills presents the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” directed by Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (“Brideshead Revisited,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”) opposite Olivier winner Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Harlots,” and “Phantom [...]