Thursday, March 15, 2018

CD Review: THE BAND’S VISIT (Original Broadway Cast Recording on Ghostlight Records) by Tony Frankel

WELL WORTH A VISIT Perhaps composer/lyricist David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) was inspired by one of our best new playwrights, Itamar Moses, and his adaptation of the t…

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Los Angeles Theater Preview: 57 CHEVY (Highways) by Frank Arthur

57 CHEVY: THE ANTI-IMMIGRANT ANTIDOTE, OR HOW BROWN WAS MY VALLEY? There’s palpable excitement surrounding the upcoming West Los Angeles engagement of Cris Franco’s autobiographical come…

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Los Angeles Theater Feature: REPRISE RETURNS WITH NEW SEASON OF MUSICALS (Freud Playhouse) by Tony Frankel

REPRISE REPRISED It’s a strange sort of serendipity. Just when Musical Theatre Guild announced its final season after eight glorious years presenting rarely produced musicals, along co…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: THIS RANDOM WORLD (North Coast Rep) by Milo Shapiro

WELL-PLANNED IRONIES Facebook and LinkedIn have illuminated the error in the supposed six degrees of separation theory, which asserts that all living things and everything else in the world …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dance Review: ROMEO AND JULIET (Joffrey Ballet) by Tony Frankel

SUCH SWEET SORROW FOR THE WRONG REASONS It’s as if choreographer Krzysztof Pastor, director of the Polish National Ballet, gave Prokofiev the opportunity to protest Stalin’s tyranny that…

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Los Angeles Opera Review: ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE / ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE (LA Opera) by Tony Frankel

DON’T MYTH OUT, OR DANCING THAT’S ORPH THE CHARTS LA Opera’s gorgeous production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice (Orphée et Eurydice), featuring a we…

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Chicago Theater Review: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (City Lit) by Lawrence Bommer

DIFFICULT TO PICTURE The Picture of Dorian Gray is its author’s self-portrait — perversely paradoxical, sardonically aesthetic, and (necessarily) obsessed with concealment. First pu…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Chicago Theater Review: CYRANO (BoHo Theatre) by Lawrence Bommer

WHO NOSE BEST? Edmond Rostand’s timeless love story celebrates the one-sided love between the famous 17th-century swordsman and poet — disfigured with a humongous schnoz — and …

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

CD Review: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME (Original Cast Recording) by Tony Frankel

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST I’m actually happy I didn’t see this musical live on stage. It makes for a wonderful original cast recording, but what seems like a giant heart on this CD,…

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Los Angeles Theater Review: SELL/BUY/DATE (Geffen Playhouse in Westwood) by Samuel Garza Bernstein

SEX WORK/#METOO/FUTURE TENSE Sarah Jones is a prescient writer and an actor of rare gifts and remarkable range. It’s no wonder that an early patron and supporter was Meryl Streep, for like…

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Theater Interview: PAT KINEVANE (starring in three plays at The Odyssey Theatre) by Dale Reynolds

THE LUCK OF THE IRISH AMBASSADOR Pat Kinevane, 51, is a native of rural Ireland — specifically County Cork — now living and working in Dublin, the capitol of Eire. A qualified sp…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chicago Theater Review: TIME IS ON OUR SIDE (About Face Theatre) by Lawrence Bommer

UNLOCKING WHAT WAS NEVER HIDDEN At least Time Is On Our Side is more sex-affirmative and upbeat than Significant Other, About Face Theatre’s last offering. A Midwest premiere devotedly …

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

CD Review: WORKING: A MUSICAL (Original London Cast Recording on Ghostlight Records) by Tony Frankel

THE MUSICAL THAT KEEPS ON WORKING Was 2017 really the European premiere of this oft-produced musical? Yep. 40 years since the Broadway opening of Working, and we’re just getting the Or…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Chicago Opera Review: FAUST (Lyric Opera) by Barnaby Hughes

A FAUSTIAN BARGAIN OF SORTS Bold, eclectic and experimental, Lyric Opera’s new production (co-produced with Portland Opera) of Gounod’s Faust comes across as rather jumbled, a mishmash, …

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Chicago Theater Review: PLANTATION! (Lookingglass Theatre Company) by Lawrence Bommer

RIDICULOUS REVENGE It’s so well-intentioned that the results are doubly deplorable. Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Plantation!, a world premiere by ensemble member Kevin Douglas stag…

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Chicago Dance Review: 8TH ANNUAL WINNING WORKS (Joffrey Academy of Dance and MCA, Chicago) by Lawrence Bommer

LITERAL LEAPS INTO THE FUTURE It’s all over — but this review of record is as much a promissory note as a remembrance. Worth noting as much as seeing, Winning Works, the Joffrey Bal…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Chicago Theater Review: MARY STUART (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) by Lawrence Bommer

A ROYAL CATFIGHT GETS A ROYAL PRODUCTION Coulda, woulda, shoulda: It’s the greatest confrontation between rival monarchs that never happened — the 1586 face-off between the “Virgin…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Los Angeles Theater Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Boston Court in Pasadena) by Tony Frankel

A MODERNIZED STREETCAR Since struggle for power among the classes is one of the main themes in Tennessee Williams’ still-shocking A Streetcar Named Desire, it makes perfect sense that dire…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM (Lamb’s Players Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

THREE GREAT MINDS MAKE FOR INTRIGUING THEATER There’s a game where you get to pick three famous people and go to dinner with all of them. In Mark St. Germaine’s  Camping with He…

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Chicago Theater Review: HAIL, HAIL CHUCK: A TRIBUTE TO CHUCK BERRY (Black Ensemble Theater) by Lawrence Bommer

JOHNNY BE BAD: A CHUCK ROAST Once more it’s homage time on Clark Street. The latest musical reclamation from Black Ensemble Theater, L. Maceo Ferris’s Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chu…

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chicago Theater Review: SIX CORNERS (American Blues Theater at Stage 773) by Lawrence Bommer

MESSING UP MURDER The cops may be blue, the victims black, but in Six Corners the predominant color is gray. Marinating in moral relativism, this independent installment in Chicago playwri…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chicago Opera Review: COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Lyric Opera) by Barnaby Hughes

A PRODUCTION TO COSÌ UP TO A Lyric Opera season would not be complete without Mozart, so it was with great anticipation that I attended the opening night performance of Così Fan Tutte. Alt…

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Los Angeles Theater Review: GUYS AND DOLLS (Musical Theatre West in Long Beach) by Tony Frankel

A BEAUTIFUL DOLL It’s amazing. Were this masterpiece from Broadway’s golden age an actual guy or doll, he or she would be scoring Social Security. But make no mistake, this 1950 hoofer i…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Los Angeles Theater Preview: SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A PLAY (Celebration Theatre) by Frank Arthur

SHORES ‘NUFF Texas-born playwright Del Shores, best known for his romp Sordid Lives (the hilarious play and movie that also introduced us to Leslie Jordan) is coming to the Celebrati…

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Los Angeles Event Preview: THE LINCOLN LEGACY: THE MAN AND HIS PRESIDENCY (Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell: In Conversation at UCLA) by Tony Frankel

HIS AND HERS HISTORY Looking for some inspiration? From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and lauded author Sarah Vowell comes a powerful examination of one of American history…

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Chicago Theater Review: THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (Promethean Theatre Ensemble) by Lawrence Bommer

AN EVERGREEN PARABLE OF RESISTANCE It’s a two-act tonic, this Madwoman of Chaillot. Life, Jean Giraudoux knew, is never safe from our constant “fever of destruction.” When decency get…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cabaret Preview: MY KINDA 60’S (Charles Busch) by Tony Frankel

MY KINDA CABARET ACT It was the decade that changed our nation forever. What began as nothing but promise — victors of a World War and a young forward-thinking President — sudden…

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Chicago Theater Review: THE BURN (Steppenwolf) by Lawrence Bommer

IN CYBER SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM On the Internet or just IRL, there’s joy in striking back — turning the tables and trolling the bullies. But what’s rotten one way is no b…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Theater Review: LOVE NEVER DIES (National Tour at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago) by Lawrence Bommer

THE PHANTOM NEVER DIED, BUT SHOULD HAVE Gaston Leroux knew: The original author of The Phantom of the Opera concluded his horror romance with his disfigured serial-killer as dead as Lon Ch…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Los Angeles Opera Preview: CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA (The Soraya in Northridge) by Tony Frankel

A MAGNIFICENT MARIACHI OPERA COMES TO THE SORAYA It was by sheer luck that I was in Chicago and happened upon the world’s first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Chicago Opera Review: ELIZABETH CREE (Chicago Opera Theater) by Lawrence Bommer

A PENNY DREADFUL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS Murder will out, whether in police gazettes or chamber opera. If he hadn’t existed, the still unknown Jack the Ripper could have been invented by penny d…

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