Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MOCA receives a $10-million gift to make admission free by Deborah Vankin

The Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that it will make admission free — a switch made possible by $10-million gift from MOCA Board of Trustees President Carolyn Powers. Powers made…

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Review: ‘Anna in the Tropics’ lights a powder keg of passion by Margaret Gray

Nilo Cruz’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Anna in the Tropics,” is set in 1929 at a cigar factory in Florida, but the Anna of the title is Anna Karenina. Tolstoy’s adulteress ne…

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Review: David Henry Hwang’s ‘M. Butterfly’ takes flight in a more gender-fluid era by Charles McNulty

Time passes, and even a contemporary classic can use a nip and tuck. David Henry Hwang, most famous for his Tony-winning 1988 play “M. Butterfly,” performed some not insignificant cosmet…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

New in L.A. theater: Liberal politics, heavy metal and an Asian ‘Mamma Mia!’ by Philip Brandes

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother — a bit of bumper sticker wisdom, perhaps, but on the heels of Mother’s Day it’s an apropos adage for three of this week’s selections from…

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Review: Helder Guimarães brings his philosophical magic to the Geffen by Charles McNulty

Helder Guimarães is either a magician posing as a philosopher or a philosopher posing as a magician. But however you classify him, he’s excellent company in his new show, “Invisible Tan…

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Review: In ‘Tigers Be Still’ in Anaheim, a millennial struggle to get off the couch by Margaret Gray

Kim Rosenstock, a writer for the Fox sitcom “New Girl,” launched her career with the play “Tigers Be Still,” first produced in New York in 2010. As Chance Theater’s regional premie…

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Review: 'Boxing Lessons' delivers mayhem and plot twists in a one-two punch by F. Kathleen Foley

John Bunzel may be a veteran film and television writer, but he has never wandered far from his roots in the theater, where he has been plying his trade for more than 30 years. Anyone who ha…

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This choreographer uses dance to help transgender communities feel seen by Makeda Easter

In the opening vignette of Sean Dorsey’s latest work, “Boys in Trouble,” the choreographer performs a gentle solo within the confines of a single spotlight. As he dances, his recorded …

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Ojai Youth Opera: Like ‘Glee’ for the kid who can’t get enough of Puccini by Tim Greiving

This isn’t “High School Musical.” No, the members of this young company — from 7-year-old moppets all the way up to assured 18-year-olds — say things like: “I think a lot of peop…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

USC's dance school has its first graduates. Where do they go from here? by Makeda Easter

On Friday the 33 students who make up the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural class will graduate. More than 60% of them will leave USC employed, said Jodie Gates, the school’…

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Review: With ‘Julius Weezer,’ the Troubies conspire to wreak brainy mayhem by Daryl H. Miller

It’s 44 BC, a bit before the ides of March, and Roman citizens are in the streets singing a cheeky ode to life in the Seven Hills — to the tune of Weezer’s “Beverly Hills.” This ca…

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Herb Alpert Award names five winners who will get $75,000 each to push their art forward by Jessica Gelt

A playwright exploring the Asian American experience and a film and video artist who addresses the representation of Puerto Ricans in culture are among the five people who will receive $75,0…

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‘Hillary and Clinton’ playwright Lucas Hnath meticulously masters the messiness of life by Charles McNulty

Playwright Lucas Hnath is back on Broadway with “Hillary and Clinton,” a zesty drama on America’s most picked-apart political couple that finds Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in top f…

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New in L.A. theater: Arthur Miller, Lucas Hnath and Lauren Yee by F. Kathleen Foley

The scales are balanced between the straightforward and the offbeat in the 99-Seat Beat, our weekly recommendations for Southern California’s small stages. Arthur Miller’s “The Price…

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Review: ‘Secret Garden’ in Cerritos is bountiful but still gets lost in the weeds by Daryl H. Miller

Sniffles in the darkness. They’re a sign of success, right? Yes, but at productions of the 1991 Broadway musical “The Secret Garden,” they’re a backhanded indicator. They come only w…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

What happens when an all-star trio gets interrupted by the couple arguing in the front row by Rick Schultz

Violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk were set to grapple with Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 on Wednesday night at the Soraya in Northridge. The great 1944…

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How one Kwame Brathwaite photo captures the ’60s ‘Black Is Beautiful’ movement by Makeda Easter

It was the summer of 1963 when photographer Kwame Brathwaite captured a protest over Wigs Parisian, a white-owned wig shop that opened on Harlem’s 125th Street near the Apollo Theater. One…

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After two Oscars and and two Emmys, Dianne Wiest finds meaning in Beckett by Charles McNulty

“I just want to do Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ over and over again,” Dianne Wiest declared between nibbles of a poached egg. “I don’t want to do anything else, because nothing else …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: Sweeney Todd, Sondheim's throat-cutting barber, sets up shop in South Coast Rep's entertaining revival by Charles McNulty

“Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.” These lyrics, sung throughout Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s imperishable 1979 musical, are heeded assiduously by director Kent Nicholson in a s…

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Review: 'Maybe,' where the dancer becomes the audience and the audience becomes the dancer by Laura Bleiberg

Where are the programs? Are they on those cube benches in the middle of the stage? I think maybe I’ll change seats, so this hanging banner isn’t blocking my view of the dancer. Perhaps i…

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Review: Julia Sweeney is 'Older & Wider' and really, really (really) funny by F. Kathleen Foley

Julia Sweeney is no stranger to the solo show. "God Said, ‘Ha!’” from 1996 recounted her brother’s struggle with terminal cancer as well as her own diagnosis, just weeks before his d…

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Mary Wilson to celebrate legacy of the Supremes at Paley Center by Dorany Pineda

Mary Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes and the group’s longest-running vocalist, will be coming to Beverly Hills next month to discuss her career as one of Motown Records’ leadin…

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Review: Government shutdown hits the Long Beach Opera stage, but 'The Black Cat' goes on by Mark Swed

Writing in his cell as he awaits the gallows, the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” curiously figures that what was to him “little but Horror” will to many appear “a …

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Why Carol Channing was a Dolly for all seasons: Our critic's take by Charles McNulty

How old is Dolly Gallagher Levi? The question arises whenever “Hello, Dolly!” is performed. The character is described in Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” the basis of the music…

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Review: Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' dances into WWII with a profound beauty by Lewis Segal

In the dance world, nobody makes a case for damaged heroes as brilliantly as Matthew Bourne. In his reworkings of classic stories and scores, the British director and choreographer invariabl…

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'She Persisted, the Musical' will translate Chelsea Clinton's bestselling book to the stage by Dorany Pineda

Chelsea Clinton’s 2017 New York Times bestseller, “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World,” is heading from the page to California stages next month. Announced on Wedne…

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Misty Copeland, Calvin Royal III and the rarity of a black couple dancing lead roles by Laura Bleiberg

Almost four years have passed since American Ballet Theatre promoted Misty Copeland to its top ranks, making her its first African American female principal dancer. But just try to find an A…

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Review: David Lang’s ‘the loser’ brought to brilliant life through the hypnotic Rod Gilfry by Mark Swed

David Lang’s “the loser,” given its West Coast premiere Friday night by Los Angeles Opera at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, is sort of, but not really, about Glenn Gould. Gould’s the winn…

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ABT's 175 'Harlequinade' costumes cost an average of $5,000 apiece by Laura Bleiberg

American Ballet Theatre's latest touring production is an extravaganza with 174 costumes - each costing an average of $4,775 to make. Here's a deep look at meticulously researched and crafte…

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Review: In ‘Daniel's Husband,’ a gay couple debates marriage. Then Mom and fate arrive by Charles McNulty

“Daniel’s Husband,” an absorbing drama by Michael McKeever that was a hit off-Broadway, explores the debate on same-sex marriage from a less obvious angle. Set in the “perfectly appo…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: Martin McDonagh's 'Cripple of Inishmaan,' still hoping for a Hollywood ending by F. Kathleen Foley

Martin McDonagh, the celebrated playwright who also found big-screen success with “In Bruges” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” began his career penning bleak Irish dr…

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