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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Weekend Picks: 'Bob’s Holiday Office Party,' Kronos Quartet, 'La Virgen De Guadalupe' by Matt Cooper

How about a fun holiday farce about an out-of-control office party, or a music- and dance-filled celebration of Christmas Eve, Mexican style? If you’re looking for things to do this weeken…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 2-9, 2018: 'Wink,' 'A Christmas Carol' and more by Matt Cooper

THEATER Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Aphrodite’s Holiday Sh…

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Weekend Picks: ‘Wicked,’ mother-daughter opera, holiday lights in Grand Park and more by Matt Cooper

As November gives way to December, our picks include three musical tales: one about witches, another about stranded travelers and one about shut-ins. Looking for more? A sassy solo comedy re…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Nov. 25-Dec. 2: Impro Theatre, Four Clowns and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings A Christmas Carol Dickens’ cla…

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The week ahead in SoCal classical music, Nov. 25-Dec. 2: Gloria Cheng, Michael Tilson Thomas and more by Matt Cooper

Dover Quartet Works by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Mason Bates; presented by Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Cost…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Nov. 11-18: 'The Bitter Game,' 'UnCabaret' and more by Matt Cooper

THEATER Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings ¡Gaytino! Made in Ameri…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Oct. 28-Nov. 4: 'Everything That Never Happened,' 'Quack' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings The Constitution Saudade Theatre…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Oct. 14-21: 'Winter Solstice,' 'Dear Evan Hansen' and more by Matt Cooper

THEATER Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Compiled by Matt Cooper. Openings…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Oct. 7-14: 'Sell/Buy/Date,' 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functi…

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The week ahead in SoCal dance, Oct. 7-14: Diavolo, Festival Ballet Theatre and more by Matt Cooper

Company Wayne McGregor The London-based troupe stages “Autobiography,” featuring 23 short pieces inspired by choreographer McGregor’s personal DNA sequence. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Gr…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weekend Picks for Oct. 4-7: Los Angeles Ballet, 'Wicked Lit,' Le Salon de Musiques and more by Matt Cooper

Performing-arts events worthy of your time and attention this weekend include season openers for the Los Angeles Ballet and Le Salon de Musiques, a pair of terror tales at a local mausoleum,…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Sept. 30-Oct. 7: 'Oppenheimer,' 'Gloria' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Connectivity Staged reading of Nancy Beverly’s drama about two strangers strugg…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Sept. 23-30: 'Sweat,' 'School Girls' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Come Together: When the 1960s M…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Sept. 16-23: 'The Cake,' 'Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Hot Off the Press Los Angeles Wo…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal dance, Sept. 9-16: Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre's 'Carmen' and more by Matt Cooper

Ballet Repertory Theatre’s Fall Festival The company opens its 42nd season with a new contemporary piece, plus Act 2 of “Swan Lake” and more. Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 157…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Sept. 9-16: 'Gloria' at Echo Theater Company and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Bird Lives! Darryl Alan Reed po…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Sept. 2-9: 'School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings I Dig Rock & Roll Music Brand-n…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 26-Sept. 2: 'Seize the King' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Feme (First Syllable Female) Re…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Weekend Picks: The Bowl's 'Tchaikovsky Spectacular,' a Temptations musical and more by Matt Cooper

We’ve got music, dance and theater for your perusal: Tchaikovsky plus pyrotechnics at the Hollywood Bowl, the musical “Ain’t Too Proud” at the Ahmanson, and two dance programs at the…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 19-26: 'The Glass Menagerie,' 'Ain't Too Proud' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings High Street Broadcast Old-fashi…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 12-19: 'End of the Rainbow' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Ada Vox The drag artist and “…

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The week ahead in SoCal dance, Aug. 12-19: 'Isadora' and more by Matt Cooper

Isadora Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova portrays modern-dance legend Isadora Duncan in this full-length dance-theater bio-drama choreographed by Mariinsky Theatre’s Vladimir Varnava and …

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 5-11: 'Yellow Face,' 'End of the Rainbow' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Longing Pinocchio Dark reimagin…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Weekend Picks: 'Titus Andronicus,' 'Waitress,' American Contemporary Ballet and more by Matt Cooper

Our picks for this weekend include Independent Shakespeare Co.’s “Titus Andronicus,” two world premieres from American Contemporary Ballet and the national tour of the hit musical “W…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 29-Aug. 5: 'Titus Andronicus' at Griffith Park and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Bucket List Cabaret An evening of comedic songs and show tunes. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S.…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 22-29: 'Hershey Felder: Beethoven' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Shakespeare by the Sea Locally …

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 15-22: REDCAT's New Original Works Festival and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Alisan Porter in Concert The Br…

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The week ahead in SoCal dance, July 15-22: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and more by Matt Cooper

La Bayadère American Ballet Theatre stages Natalia Makarova’s reimagining of Ludwig Minkus’ 19th-century romantic tragedy about a temple dancer in India and the warrior she loves. Dorot…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 8-15: 'Arrival & Departure,' 'Million Dollar Quartet' and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Hungry Writer-performer Michael…

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The week ahead in SoCal dance, July 8-15: American Ballet Theatre's 'La Bayadère' and more by Matt Cooper

DANCE Compiled by Matt Cooper Next Chapter Benefit show featuring Southern California’s Maha and Company. Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Sun., 2:30 p.m. By donation. (562…

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The week ahead in SoCal classical music, July 8-15: Bernstein, Rachmaninoff and more by Matt Cooper

Classical Compiled by Matt Cooper iPalpiti’s Duo De Ascaniis Pieces for piano and violin by Schubert and Janácek. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hill…

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