Marriage of Figaro, LA Opera

Renata Pokupic (left) and Daniel Okulitch in LAOpera's "Marriage of Figaro"The Marriage of FigaroBy Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLibretto by Lorenzo da PonteConducted by Plácido DomingoDirected by Ian JudgeLAOpera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Oct. 17, 2010www.laopera.com/production/1011/figaro/index.aspx(See video clip below.)"The Marriage of Figaro"  ...

Leap of Faith, LA

Leap of FaithMusic by Alan MenkenBook by Janus Cercone and Glenn SlaterLyrics by Glenn SlaterWith Raúl Esparza and Brooke ShieldsAhmanson Theatre, Los AngelesThrough Oct. 24, 2010www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/productiondetail.aspx?id=13732(See below for a video clip.)Brooke Shields and Raúl Esparza in "Leap of Faith"  ...

Ruined, LA

RuinedBy Lynn NottageDirected by Kate WhoriskeyGeffen Playhouse, Los AngelesThrough Oct. 17, 2010www.geffenplayhouse.com/ruined“Ruined” has opened in Los Angeles as a certified success, having already won the Pulitzer, an Obie, and a myriad of accolades. It packs a wallop. Richly staged,  ...

Paradise Park, LA

Paradise ParkBy Charles MeeDirected by Frederique MichelCity GarageSanta Monica, Calif.Through Nov. 7, 2010http://www.citygarage.orgCharles Mee is one of the most imaginative playwrights of our time. Mee's own description of "Paradise Park" gives the flavor of this non-linear work: "A guy  ...

Bail Me Out, LA

Bail Me Out    By Renato Biribin Jr.Directed by Joshua FardonHudson Guild TheatreLos AngelesThrough Oct. 10, 2010www.plays411.com/bailmeoutRenato Biribin Jr. (right) and Scott Alan Hislop in "Bail Me Out"The phrase that came to mind when I sat down to write this  ...

Master Class, LA

Master ClassBy Terrence McNallyDirected by Heidi Helen DavisWith Ellen GeerTheatricum BotanicumTopanga Canyon (Los Angeles)Through Sept. 25, 2010 (Note: "Master Class" is played in repertory.)http://www.theatricum.comEllen Geer (left) and Meaghan Boeing in "Master Class"Photo by Miriam GeerWe all have rituals, certain  ...

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, LA

The Lieutenant of InishmoreBy Martin McDonaghWith Chris PineDirected by Wilson MilamMark Taper Forum, Los AngelesThrough August 8, 2010www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/productiondetail.aspx?id=7706  Chris Pine (left) and Zoe Perry in "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" at the Mark Taper ForumPhoto by Craig SchwartzWhat is a  ...

Thurgood, LA

ThurgoodLaurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall in "Thurgood" at the Geffen PlayhousePhoto by Carol RoseggBy George Stevens Jr.With Laurence FishburneDirected by Leonard FogliaThe Geffen Playhouse, Los AngelesThrough August 8, 2010http://www.geffenplayhouse.com(See video interview with Fishburne and excerpts from "Thurgood" below.)Suspension of  ...

Götterdämmerung, LA Opera

Götterdämmerung and The Ring Cycle Eric Halfvorsen (center, in yellow) as Hagenin the LA Opera production of "Götterdämmerung"Photo by Monika Rittershaus By Richard WagnerConducted by James ConlonLA OperaThrough June  ...

Siegfried, LA Opera

SiegfriedJohn Treleaven (left) as Siegfried and Linda Watson as Brünnhilde in LA Opera's production of "Siegfried"Photo by Monika RittershausBy Richard WagnerConducted by James ConlonDesign and direction by Achim FreyerLA Opera"The Ring of the Nibelungen" through June 26, 2010www.laoperaring.com(see video  ...