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  ...

Rapture, Blister, Burn, LA

 Lee Tergesen and Amy Brenneman in "Rapture, Blister, Burn"Photo by Michael Lamont   ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’       By Gina GionfriddoDirected by Peter DuBoisWith Amy Brenneman, Beth Dixon, Virginia Kull, Kellie Overbey and Lee TergessenA Playwrights  ...

Cinderella, LA Opera

‘Cinderella’ (La Cenerentola) By Gioachino RossiniWith Ketevan Kemoklidze, Rene Barbera, Ronnita Nicole Miller, Stacey Tappan, Alessandro Corbelli, Vito Priante, Nicola UlivieriDirected by Joan FontConducted by James ConlonLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough April 13, 2013 Thank  ...

End of the Rainbow, LA

‘End of the Rainbow’ By Peter QuilterDirected by Terry JohnsonMusic Director Jeffrey SaverWith Tracie Bennett, Michael Cumpsty, Erik Heger, Michael AndersonAhmanson Theatre, Los AngelesThrough April 21, 2013 Perhaps you are one of those folks who  ...

Flying Dutchman, LA Opera

Tomas Tomasson in the title role of LA Opera's "The Flying Dutchman"Photo by Robert Millard'The Flying Dutchman' By Richard WagnerConducted by James ConlonDirected by Daniel DoonerWith Tomas Tomasson, Julia Makerov, Corey Bix, James Creswell, Matthew Plenk, and Ronnita Nicole  ...

Other Desert Cities

Most Southern Californians are familiar with the sign on the I-10 freeway indicating Palm Springs to the right, other desert cities straight ahead. Depending on your orientation, Palm Springs may conjure up a scene of tony gay culture, or a  ...