The Steward of Christendom

Heads up, serious theatergoers who are not looking for something frothy and easy for the holiday season. "The Steward of Christendom" at the Taper has plenty to sink your teeth into. There is nothing easy about it: Start with its being about  ...

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Traditionalists, you probably will not be overjoyed at Matthew Bourne’s reworking of the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The rest of us, however, are in for a real treat. From interpretation to technique, Act I and Act II are about as good  ...

Parfumerie

'Tis the season so let us start with good tidings. For anyone who has not heard, the Wallis is the jewel of the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and a welcome addition to the  ...

Peter and the Starcatcher

What can I say? New York loved you, "Peter and the Starcatcher." Ben Brantley could not find enough superlatives to gush over you; and you had five Tony Awards thrown your way for best performance by a feature actor in  ...

The Magic Flute

Whoa, a credit for animation on an opera review? It must be a misprint. It is not? Really? Yup. The stage set is 99% a flat white wall with a few flush doors you might not notice at first.  Against this  ...

Falstaff

"Falstaff" is an operatic bauble, easily dismissed as a bit of comedic fun, yet considered by some, such as conductor James Conlon, to be one of the two crowning achievements of Verdi's long career. But isn't comedy often undervalued? Rarely  ...

The Sunshine Boys

"Sunrise, sunset," or so the song goes. Time passes, we get older, and another generation takes our place.  Maybe "The Sunshine Boys" is a little old and tired for yet another sunrise, but soldier on it does in the cavernous  ...

Humor Abuse, LA

  Created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica SchmidtPerformed by Lorenzo PisoniDirected by Erica SchmidtMark Taper Forum, Los AngelesThrough November 3, 2013 Judy Garland broke hearts singing, “Be a clown, be a clown, be a  ...

Carmen, LA Opera

 Patricia Bardon and Brandon Jovanovich in LA Opera's "Carmen"Photo by Robert Millard Music by Georges BizetLibretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalévyDirected by Trevore RossConducted by Placido DomingoWith Patricia Bardon, Brandon Jovanovich, Pretty Yende, Ildebrando D’ArcangeloLA Opera, Dorothy Chandler  ...

St. Jude, LA

Writer/actor Luis Alfaro in "St. Jude" at the Kirk Douglas TheatrePhoto by Craig Schwartz   Written and Performed by Luis AlfaroDirected by Robert EganKirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, Calif.Through Oct. 6, 2013 I am tempted to  ...