Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens, an estate in the Hamptons, gained national attention through the mid 70’s documentary by David and Albert Maysles. The brothers were originally contacted by Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill, who were hoping to drum up some  ...

Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Disgraced,” has finally arrived in Los Angeles. It was the most produced play in America last season. Witty and timely it pulls no punches in the arena of American racial relations or  ...

My Mañana Comes

Yes, you can count on the Fountain Theatre to offer well produced and directed plays with top notch actors. Of all the many equity waiver theaters in and around Los Angeles, The Fountain is perhaps the most consistent.  ...

Kinky Boots

These boots were definitely not made for walkin’. No siree. If you have been under a rock or otherwise missed the hoopla around the 2013, 6-Tony-Awards-winner “Kinky Boots,” the musical – not to be confused with “Kinky Boots,” the movie  ...

A Mapplethorpe weekend

It is a long story, but Los Angeles was able to permanently woo the Mapplethorpe archive away from his home stomping grounds of New York, mounting an extensive exhibition which has engaged the resources of both LACMA  ...

The Revisionist

Oh Jesse, you should have known better. You are at the top of my list of millennial actors but you stumbled with this one. First of all, when you write something, do not title it such that it is an  ...

Madam Butterfly, LA Opera

What more is there to say about “Madame Butterfly?” You know the music is glorious; it sticks in your head for days, just as Puccini peppers his themes through the score. What is more, modern audiences  ...

The Magic Flute

  I figure, turn-about is fair play. LAOpera is, once again, mounting the startling production of Komische Opera’s Magic Flute. I raved about it in December 2015, and stick by my opinions, many of which are re-iterated below. My  ...