Theater and Dance

Meg Stuart Comes to REDCAT with ‘Hunter’

January 22, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) continues to bring new and noteworthy, cutting-edge contemporary performance work to its theater below Disney Hall. This weekend, for only three performances Thursday through Saturday, January 26-28, at 8:30 p.m., it will present “Hunter,” a highly acclaimed solo dance theater production choreographed and performed by Brussels/Berlin-based American Meg [...]

Review: ‘The Last Vig’ at the Zephyr Theatre

January 21, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

“The Last Vig” has an intriguing premise: How does an aging, faded Italian mob boss cope with the changes modern society hath wrought? Applied to this premise in the lead role at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood is the familiar and respected character actor Burt Young, known for his work in such films as [...]

L.A. Dance Project’s Own Homecoming

December 19, 2016 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Though it spends much of its time on the road, the L.A. Dance Project stayed home for the Dec. 9-10 weekend and shared its latest batch of choreographies with local audiences at the Theater at the Ace Hotel downtown. This scrumptious, intricately restored Spanish Gothic-style theater was built in 1927 for silent movie stars Mary [...]

Review: Bernstein’s ‘Wonderful Town’ at LA Opera

December 3, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

Watching Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, I couldn’t help thinking about Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 cover for The New Yorker, “View of the World from 9th Avenue.” Taking up the lower two-thirds of the page are the streets and buildings of the West Side of Manhattan. Across the Hudson River to the West is a small, [...]

Free Tickets to Solomon: King, Poet & Lover – A Tale of One Man & 700 Wives

November 30, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

“Solomon: King, Poet & Lover” is a hilarious Biblical comedy about one man and 700 wives. The solo show is performed by Marcus J. Freed, who takes you on a funny and fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the life of King Solomon. We meet Solomon as he tries to open the Temple, publish astonishing books of [...]

Review: ‘Other People’s Money’ at the Pico Playhouse

November 28, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

Donald Trump said, “‘Other People’s Money’ is an extraordinarily insightful, timely and witty play.” Yes, that is an actual quote from the new President-elect, who saw this play when it first opened in New York in 1989. The producers of this revival at the Pico Playhouse somehow dug up this quote and now use it, [...]

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 [...]

Lucinda Childs Dance Company Retrospective at CAP UCLA

November 2, 2016 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

For visual artists, their work can stay on the walls, shelves and pedestals long after their lifetimes. But, for performers and choreographers, unfortunately, their creations often disappear as they stop producing. Recently, however, dance makers are re-examining this situation and coming up with innovative ways to survey their contributions. This Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 [...]

Pat Graney and ‘Girl Gods’ Dance at REDCAT

October 31, 2016 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater Director and Curator Mark Murphy knows when he sees a good thing. Having nurtured choreographer/director Pat Graney from her start in Seattle three decades ago, he’s bringing the artist and the Pat Graney Company to his downtown stage this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, for shows at 8:30 p.m. and [...]

Akram Khan Dance Back in the USA

October 27, 2016 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Making a return visit to Southern California with the West Coast premiere of “Chotto Dash,” Britain’s Akram Khan Company will be onstage this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27 to 29, at 8 p.m. at the Barclay Theater in Irvine.
Part of the theater’s International Contemporary Dance Series, this collaboration between globally celebrated choreographer Khan and a [...]