Wednesday, March 20, 2019

She's 25 and on the rise: How L.A. choreographer Micaela Taylor became a hot name in dance by Makeda Easter

Micaela Taylor thought the accolades might come by the time she was 30. But at 25, the choreographer and dancer is already watching the recognition grow — fast — for her unique style of …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new artistic director will be the first person of color in the post by Makeda Easter

Veteran stage director Nataki Garrett has been named the sixth artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company announced Tuesday, making her the first person of color to ho…

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Review: In Echo Theater’s ‘The Wolves,’ life through the lens of high school girls soccer by Charles McNulty

“The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s stunning debut drama that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, presents the world through the prism of girls soccer. The play, which is receiving a superb Echo …

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James Corden to host the Tony Awards — again by Dorany Pineda

“The Late Late Show’s” James Corden will hit the stage again for the 73rd Tony Awards show this summer. On Tuesday, CBS announced that Corden will host this year’s ceremony from Radi…

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Review: At 'Dreamers' premiere in Berkeley, neo-Romantic oratorio is the sound of hope by Mark Swed

As political pawns in a long-running congressional chess game, Dreamers, those children of immigrants with aspirations for a promising life in the United States, make dispassion very difficu…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: The steps are repeated, but are they remembered? Batsheva’s dance question at UCLA by Laura Bleiberg

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin uses a body language stripped of inhibitions. His dancers incarnate fear, despair, hysteria, joy and every feeling in between. He won’t explain what’s …

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Review: In ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama,’ a grief-stricken mom gets comic book counseling by Charles McNulty

Sabrina, the single mother at the center of Inda Craig-Galván’s new play, “Black Super Hero Magic Mama,” is acutely aware of the various ways her son’s life can be upended. Gangs, d…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Essential Arts: Those curatorial changes at LACMA? Our critic says they do not bode well by Carolina A. Miranda

Spring has arrived, and so have a slew of cultural happenings. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly roundup of all things culture — and Norweg…

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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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Review: ‘(M)iyamoto Is Black Enough’ and then some at the Wallis by Mark Swed

Well, that was a surprise! “(M)iyamoto Is Black Enough” — the first in what will be an ongoing collaboration between the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hill…

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Review: ‘Lackawanna Blues’ is potent as live memoir, an actor’s tribute to the woman who rescued him by Charles McNulty

“Lackawanna Blues,” Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s theatrical memoir about being raised by a big-hearted proprietor of a boardinghouse for castaways and strays in an industrial upstate New Yo…

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‘Friends With Guns,’ cruel girls in ‘The Wolves’ and other picks from L.A’s small stages by F. Kathleen Foley

When it comes to communication, humans can have dangerously selective hearing, as demonstrated this week in the 99-Seat Beat, our look at L.A.’s small-theater scene. Sarah DeLappe’s Puli…

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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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Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ from Roundabout Theatre has more showmanship than chemistry by Charles McNulty

The new Roundabout Theatre Company production of “Kiss Me, Kate” at Studio 54 has nearly everything that’s needed for a top-drawer revival of this Cole Porter classic. First and foremo…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hugh Jackman to star in Broadway revival of 'The Music Man' by Ashley Lee

Get those “Seventy-Six Trombones” ready, because Hugh Jackman is starring in a Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” producer Scott Rudin announced on Wednesday. Though the two-time T…

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Operas in Berlin and Hamburg go Babylonian, with Trump and an immigration crisis by Mark Swed

For whatever reason — a worry about looming dystopia, perhaps — Germany is having its Babylonian moment. Major new opera productions here in Hamburg and in Berlin last weekend proved med…

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Review: Low-tech magic buoys ‘The Old Man and the Moon’ at the Wallis by F. Kathleen Foley

Fairy-tale nuts will get a huge kick out of “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a Pigpen Theatre Co. production now in a limited run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Oh, baby baby: Britney Spears’ songs inspire a Broadway-bound musical by Ashley Lee

The hits of Britney Spears are featured in a new Broadway-bound musical, producers announced Tuesday. “Once Upon a One More Time,” whose title references Spears’ debut single, “...Ba…

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Monday, March 11, 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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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

It wasn’t that long ago that a topic of concern was the graying of theater audiences. Today, we must address the high school takeover of Broadway stages. The success of “Dear Evan Hansen…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Is there comedy in death? Playwright José Rivera on the dark twists of 'Nikki Corona' by Margaret Gray

Ask theater director Jo Bonney to describe playwright José Rivera’s new work — “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona,” a world premiere that begins previews Tuesday at the Gef…

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Laurie Metcalf in 'Doll's House, Part 2': An acting marvel in one of the year's best plays by Charles McNulty

“A Doll’s House, Part 2,” which is receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, had its official opening on Thursday at Broadway’s Golden Theatre in a separate production c…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: Oscar Wilde, the David Hare way, in 'Judas Kiss' at Boston Court Pasadena by F. Kathleen Foley

An intellectual’s intellectual, playwright David Hare specializes in a kind of theatrical exegesis, exploring the philosophical motivations behind immensely complicated characters. No exce…

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The 99-Seat Beat: Roller derby, ‘Glass Menagerie,’ Native Voices and a five-actor Hamlet by Margaret Gray

There are only so many seats in a theater, only so many performances in a run, and once the set is struck, a production won’t exist in exactly the same form again. How can we cope with the…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

For choreographer Jessica Lang, her company's final tour is a beginning, not the end by Makeda Easter

On a rainy night, about 250 people gathered in Malibu for the final California performance of the noted New York contemporary-ballet company Jessica Lang Dance. But the company’s founder a…

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‘Chick Flick the Musical’: A Chardonnay-soaked affirmation of a derided film genre by Josh Getlin

For a movie genre with huge box office appeal, the term “Chick Flick” gets little or no love from critics. Depending on their point of view, it’s either a disdainful reference to froth…

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Hitting his peak at 78: Dakin Matthews, the judge in Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Michele Willens

He directed Annette Bening in her first role and wrote Robin Williams’ reference letter for Juilliard, but Dakin Matthews says his own acting career didn’t really take off until he was i…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Nia Vardalos to reprise role in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ at Pasadena Playhouse by Ashley Lee

Nia Vardalos is returning to “Tiny Beautiful Things.” The writer and actress, who penned the stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book, will reprise her starring role in a…

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Review: In the new musical 'Diana,' the British princess seems as American as a Broadway musical by Charles McNulty

The story of Princess Diana’s life was bound to be turned into a big, boisterous, Broadway-style musical. But who would have guessed that the music would come from David Bryan, a founding …

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Review: Love spins into free-fall in A Noise Within’s ‘Othello’ set in present day by Daryl H. Miller

“Othello” is an extended free-fall — a national hero’s plunge from widespread acclamation and joyful new marriage to legendary despair. In a gripping new staging for A Noise Within, …

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Monday, March 4, 2019

For the cult of Sondheim, 'Merrily We Roll Along,' and on, and on, and ... by Stuart Emmrich

In fall 1981, the most anticipated new musical of the Broadway season was an adaptation of the 1934 Kaufman and Hart play “Merrily We Roll Along,” with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondhe…

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