Theater and Dance

Karen Zacarías’ ‘Native Gardens’ at Pasadena Playhouse

September 22, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, 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 [...]


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 [...]

Review: Antaeus Presents ‘Native Son’

May 10, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, stated that “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” And in few instances is that line more dramatically drawn than in Native Son, Richard Wright’s harrowing 1940 novel about the plight of a young black man [...]

REDCAT Hosts New Argentine Dance

April 24, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

As is its tradition, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater continues to bring highlights of contemporary dance to its DTLA location. This week, from Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 p.m., the theater will host Pina Bausch-trained, Buenos Aires-based choreographer Diana Szeinblum. Presenting the dance maker’s latest creation, “Adentro!,” a trio of [...]

Review of ‘Keith Moon: The Real Me’

April 16, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Entertainment and Events, Theater and Dance

On April 15, Mick Berry ended the one-month run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood of his one-man show, “Keith Moon: The Real Me.” The show resumes for three nights only at the Dragon Theatre in Redwood City on April 20.
Keith Moon, like so many rock stars, was a light that burned brightly and briefly, [...]

The Wooster Group’s A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique) at REDCAT

April 12, 2018 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

In LA’s small-theater world, one can usually expect timely (or timeless) themes presented by actors intent on demonstrating their acting chops to potential casting directors or other industry types who may be lurking in the dark on any given evening. But with experimental theater, the themes are amorphous, and the acting is often of secondary [...]