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Friday, April 12, 2019

SoCal theater listings, April 14-21: ‘Falsettos,’ ’The Niceties’ 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 Tiny Beautiful Things Nia Vardal…

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SoCal dance listings, April 14-21: A salute to Merce Cunningham and more by Matt Cooper

Extra Ancestral A celebration of the African diaspora in L.A. features performers including Viver Brasil Dance Company. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Sun., 7 p.m. $…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

SoCal theater listings, April 7-14: Manual Cinema’s ‘Mementos Mori’ 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 15th Annual New Play Reading Fes…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

SoCal theater listings, March 24-31: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ 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 Carney Magic Magic and comedy wi…

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SoCal dance listings, March 24-31: Malpaso Dance Company and more by Matt Cooper

The Sleeping Beauty Festival Ballet Theatre offers a full-length, family-friendly staging of the Tchaikovsky classic. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Sun., 2 p.m. $42-$55.…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Broadway national tours: 'Chocolate Factory,' 'Fiddler' and ‘Rent’ are coming in spring by Matt Cooper

A bevy of Broadway musicals will be back on local boards in the coming months, including old favorites like “Fiddler,” “Phantom,” “Les Miz,” “Miss Saigon” and the 20th annive…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

SoCal theater listings, March 17-24: ‘The Elephant Man,’ ‘Steel Magnolias’ 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 ABBA Mania Tribute show celebrat…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Weekend Picks, March 14-17: Leslie Odom Jr. with Pacific Symphony, Batsheva Dance Company at Royce Hall and more by Matt Cooper

Leslie Odom Jr. is belting out show tunes with Pacific Symphony, Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company comes to UCLA, and Los Angeles Master Chorale performs two distinctly different requi…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

SoCal theater listings, March 10-17: ‘The Wolves’ at Echo Theater Company 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 Fan-Favorite One Act Plays Selec…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

SoCal theater listings, March 3-10: ‘Disney’s Aladdin’ at Segerstrom 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 Cemetery of Tortured Souls Decea…

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SoCal dance listings, March 3-10: Jessica Lang Dance at Pepperdine and more by Matt Cooper

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella The choreographer re-imagines the Prokofiev ballet based on the classic fairy tale as a romantic fable set in London during WWII. Ahmanson Theater, 135 N. Grand…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

SoCal theater listings, Feb. 24-March 3: Nancy Ma’s ‘Home’ at LATC 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 Blues in the Night Musical revue…

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SoCal classical music listings, Feb. 24-March 3: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Matthias Pintscher and more by Matt Cooper

Bachanalia Pianist Orli Shaham and members of Pacific Symphony offer a program that includes the world premiere of David Robertson’s arrangement for piano and string quartet of Bach’s Go…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Weekend Picks: Chekhov like you haven’t seen before, L.A. Opera’s ‘The Loser’ and more by Matt Cooper

Weekend picks for the final weekend of February include Christiane Jatahy’s theater-meets-film work titles “What if They Went to Moscow?” and David Lang’s one-man opera, “The Loser…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

SoCal theater listings, Feb. 17-24: ‘The Bourgeois Gentleman’ at City Garage 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 Obsession of Calvin Klein Ry…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

SoCal theater listings, Feb. 10-17: ‘Smart Love’ at Pacific Resident Theatre and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Antony & Cleopatra Harry Hamlin and Joely Fisher star in a staged reading of S…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

SoCal theater listings, Feb. 3-10: The MLK drama ‘Mountaintop,’ Davis Gaines in ‘Oliver!’ and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings All About Valentina The L.A. native, drag artist and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” regular sings, lip-syncs, …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

SoCal theater listings, Jan. 27-Feb. 3: August Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running,’ the Wooster Group at REDCAT 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 Charo and John Davidson The guit…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Weekend Picks: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ with Betty Buckley, Four Larks’ ‘Katabasis’ at the Getty Villa and more by Matt Cooper

What to do this weekend? Our picks include the national tour of the Tony-winning revival of “Hello, Dolly!” and the immersive theater company Four Larks’ mystical journey to the underw…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

SoCal theater openings, Jan. 20-27: ‘Paradise’ at the Odyssey Theatre and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Company Creation Festival This showcase featuring unconventional new works by various ensembles continues;…

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SoCal classical music listings, Jan. 20-27: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and more by Matt Cooper

The Black Cat Long Beach Opera and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra perform the U.S. premiere of this reimagining of the Edgar Allan Poe terror tale. The Beverly O’Neill Theater, 300 E. O…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

SoCal theater listings, Jan. 13-20: ‘The 39 Steps,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ 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 Driving Miss Daisy Michael Learn…

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SoCal dance listings, Jan. 13-20: American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Harlequinade’ and more by Matt Cooper

Be Seen This work from Acts of Matter artistic director Rebecca Lemme examines the lives of those on the margins of society; part of the third annual “Dance at the Odyssey” festival. Ody…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Jan. 6-13: ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘The Manor’ and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule review by Charles McNulty (C.M.). Openings Solofest 2019 Seventh-annual showcase features solo writer-performers from around the world. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherma…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Weekend Picks: ‘Dear Evan Hansen,' Zubin Mehta, family fun in DTLA and more by Matt Cooper

We welcome 2019 with a blockbuster musical, a legendary maestro’s return and the opening moves of a six-weekend dance festival. A veteran comedy trio cracks wise, a musical ensemble sings …

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Friday, December 28, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 30-Jan. 6: ‘A Misunderstanding,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and more by Matt Cooper

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.) and F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.). Openings The Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue Family-friendly show features comedic sketches,…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 23-30: 'South Pacific,' '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 The Dina Martina Christm…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 16-23: 'All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914' 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 As Always, Jimmy Stewart Steve N…

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The week ahead in SoCal classical music, Dec. 16-23: Long Beach Symphony Pops! and more by Matt Cooper

Christmas at the Bradbury with Kitka The Oakland-based all-female vocal ensemble performs seasonal favorites from Eastern European and Eurasian traditions in this Da Camera Society presentat…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 9-16: 'Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!)' and more by Matt Cooper

The week ahead in SoCal theater, Dec. 9-16, 2018: "Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!)" at Moving Arts; "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Chance Theater; "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" a…

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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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