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Review: ‘Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny’ from Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble

March 16, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

How do you boil down the 10,000 lines of verse in Paradise Lost to absolutely nothing and still have it be meaningful? Simple: give it to Jones (Welsh) Talmadge of the Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble and have him do a movement-only adaptation. John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem expanded upon the biblical story of [...]



Review: Pacific Opera Project’s ‘The Elixir of Love’

February 18, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Call me a reactionary, but I love Donizetti operas. While he composed nearly 70 operas in a variety of genres, he is best known for his comic operas. In this genre, both in music and story, it seems his only aim is to entertain. He mixes lighthearted banter with broad comic bravado and just a [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Abduction From the Seraglio’

January 29, 2017 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

When Wolfgang Mozart was born in 1756, there would still have been many old-timers who remembered the great siege of Vienna by Ottoman Turkish hordes in 1683. While the threat of Muslim aggression grew ever less worrisome with succeeding years, Mozart, like most Europeans, remained fascinated by the strange, impenetrable world of the sultans in [...]



Review: Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ at LA Opera

November 17, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

When I was a kid, they sometimes played on TV a movie that made an indelible impression on my young imagination: a Howard Hawks-directed film from 1955 called Land of the Pharaohs. I remember it less for the young Joan Collins as Princess Nellifer (“Her treachery stained every stone of the Pyramid” screamed the ads) [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘Macbeth’ With Plácido Domingo

October 14, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera

How perfect that LA Opera programmed “Macbeth” during the Halloween season. (I say season because we all know that Halloween is not relegated to just one day in Los Angeles; it’s an event on the scale of Christmas.) Shakespeare and Verdi gave us the witches and ghosts, and LA Opera added devilish beasts to the [...]



Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra Perform at VPAC

October 6, 2016 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Oct. 5, the former music director and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was in town to conduct his current orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. But they didn’t perform at Salonen’s old home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. They performed in the beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge.
And [...]



Review: Wicked Lit in Altadena

October 4, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Does it seem too early to think about Halloween, Day of the Dead and other such seasonal spookiness? Not if you’re Wicked Lit, which has just launched their annual salute to the supernatural. As in the past seven seasons, they have commandeered the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, a majestic yet eerie venue [...]



Review: Mary Laws’ ‘Blueberry Toast’ Presented by the Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

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

I am always eager to see the work of young, emerging playwrights. What are they thinking about? What are their influences? Will they succeed in offering something fresh? Many viewers may indeed judge Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast as fresh and tasty, while others may push the plate away in horror, but there’s little likelihood that [...]



Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at the Pico Playhouse

August 29, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

We all have a myriad of entertainment options, so who could blame you for not immediately hastening to see a show dealing with mental illness, drug abuse, suicide and dysfunction? Sounds depressing, right? But you’d be making a mistake to dismiss Next to Normal on that basis. This musical has compelling characters, catchy songs and [...]



Review: ‘Ajax in Iraq’ from Not Man Apart Theater in Hollywood

August 5, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

As I was entering the theater to see Ajax in Iraq, the latest production by the Not Man Apart Theater, the usher asked if I would like to be seated in the regular section or the “full-immersion” section. Naturally, I chose the full-immersion section, which turned out to be a group of seats directly on [...]