A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles premiere of Mike Daisey’s highly controversial The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, adapted and performed by Alex Lyras, will extend through June 5 at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood. Two lucky Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of free tickets for the Sunday, April 28, show at 7 p.m. by emailing editor@culturespotla.com. (Please use “free tickets” in the subject line.)

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs examines the controversy of globalization through the rise and fall and resurrection of Apple, illuminating how Apple’s former CEO and his obsessions shape our lives. It follows the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPads, shining a light on the very human price we pay for our high-tech toys. After it was discovered by NPR’s Ira Glass that Daisey had embellished, for dramatic effect, certain events related as fact, the author revised and updated the material and released his script into the public domain. “Version 2.0,” adapted and performed by Lyras, packs an even more powerful punch.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs continues through June 5, with performances on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on April 10; May 15, 22 and 29; and June 5 (dark on April 17 and 24 and on May 1 and 8). There will be one Sunday performance, on April 28 at 7 p.m. General admission is $20; full-time students with ID and seniors are $15. Theatre Asylum is located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 90038 (1½ blocks west of Vine). For reservations and information, call (800) 838-3006 or visit https://agonyecstasy.brownpapertickets.com/.