Theater and Dance

‘Women Rising’ at the Los Angeles Dance Festival

February 27, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Los Angeles has long been an incubator for new dance ideas in American culture. Ruth St. Denis pioneered her exotic style of appropriated movement explorations right here in the early 20th century. Isadora Duncan soon followed that by drawing away from ballet and moving softly in bare feet. Both artists began their experiments in Southern [...]



CAP UCLA Presents Ann Carlson’s ‘Doggie Hamlet’

January 30, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

This Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 4 p.m., envelope-pushing choreographer Ann Carlson returns to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA to unleash her “Doggie Hamlet.” A site-specific piece to be performed at Will Rogers State Historic Park near Pacific Palisades, this new full-length work includes a cast of two [...]



Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA All Over the City

January 9, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Art and Museums, Entertainment and Events, Theater and Dance

Starting Thursday, Jan. 11, and running through Sunday, Jan. 21, a slew of local performing spaces — both indoors and out — will host PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA. An international festival of large and small-scale live art, the event features more than 75 works by Latin American and Latino artists.
With over 200 performers sharing their [...]



Review: LA Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Alex Theatre

December 26, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

LA Youth Ballet’s first production of “The Nutcracker” at the Alex Theatre in Glendale Dec. 22 and 23 was magical. Artistic Director Andrea Paris-Gutierrez introduced the show by saying that a child’s first “Nutcracker” should be a traditional one, and this show (for which she handled concept, production and choreography) delivered a fairy-tale perfect one.
The [...]



Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at A Noise Within

December 20, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Add this to your holiday to-do list: See Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at A Noise Within. It’s only one of the best stories ever written, and in the hands of this incredibly talented classical repertory theater company, it is pure magic.
Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott have been doing this show for [...]



Review: ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ at the Wallis

December 14, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

I’m always interested in the genesis of complex works: What was the spark? How did it develop? What collaborations were key to its success? The Heart of Robin Hood, now playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, has particularly unusual DNA. It’s an English myth, re-envisioned by a British screenwriter, filtered through [...]



Review: Hi-tech Dance at REDCAT

December 7, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Coming from a shared background of working with a modern dance legend, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company members Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener embarked on an interdisciplinary adventure with filmmaker Charles Atlas. “Tesseract,” defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as “the four-dimensional analogue of a cube,” is a live performance by a company of six [...]



‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ at the Wallis

December 1, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

The classic tale of the world’s most infamous outlaw goes rogue in “The Heart of Robin Hood,” a heart-pounding, eye-popping new adventure directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir from Iceland’s innovative theater company Vesturport and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis). “The Heart of Robin Hood” opens Friday, Dec. [...]



Review: ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theater

November 27, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

The printed edition of The Man Who Came to Dinner starts with the inscription “To Alexander Woollcott, for reasons that are nobody’s business.” And therein lies a tale. (One brought to the David Schall Theater by the Actors Co-op Theatre Company, through Dec. 17.)
Woollcott was a well-known theater critic, radio host and raconteur in the [...]



‘A Christmas Carol’ at A Noise Within

November 14, 2017 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues the cherished holiday tradition of presenting its well-loved production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this year, onstage for the sixth holiday season. This time-honored tale of forgiveness plays 17 performances only: Friday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 23. Post show, audience members are invited to [...]