Posts Tagged ‘ featured ’

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 [...]



Review: Antaeus Theatre Company Presents ‘Hedda Gabler’

June 22, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (pronounced gobbler) provoked quite a stir when it premiered in 1891. While not unusual in its theme — personal fulfillment vs. societal expectations — it does feature a female lead whose brittle, manipulative and thorny demeanor can be cast in modern terms as a hot mess. That’s what makes it such [...]



Review: LA Opera’s ‘La Bohème’ Redux

May 20, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Classical Music and Opera

I’ve lost exact count, but this is LA Opera’s sixth or seventh revival of the Herbert Ross production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” first launched in 1993. Depending on how many times inveterate operagoers have seen this production, one could hope for a new one. However, this remains one of the more detailed and impressive sets [...]



Review: The Group Rep Presents ‘Bach at Leipzig’ at the Lonny Chapman Theatre

April 14, 2016 | By David Maurer | Category: Theater and Dance

Since I am too old to hunt for colored eggs, I figured the next best way to spend my Easter Sunday was to catch a performance of “Bach at Leipzig,” a resurrected historical farce written by Itamar Moses, presented by The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood through May 1. After [...]



Review: Xavier Giannoli’s ‘Marguerite,’ a Film Inspired by Florence Foster Jenkins

March 9, 2016 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Film

A new film is due out in May starring Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite in the 1940s known for her peculiarly awful opera singing. This biopic promises to be entertaining… but it won’t be “Marguerite.”
“Marguerite” is a work of art, which takes the fascinating life of Foster Jenkins as inspiration [...]