Lohengrin, LA Opera

Lohengrin Music and libretto by Richard WagnerDirected by Lydia SteierConducted by James ConlonStarring Ben Heppner, Dolora Zajick, Soile Isokoski, and James JohnsonLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Dec. 12, 2010 www.laopera.com For many patrons, the satisfying thing about  ...

Rigoletto, LA Opera

Rigoletto Music by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveDirected by Mark LamosConducted by James ConlonStarring George Gagnidze, Sarah Coburn, and Gianluca TerranoveLos Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Dec. 18, 2010 http://www.laopera.com From the opening curtain, "Rigoletto" at the  ...

Harps and Angels, LA

Michael McKean and Storm Large in "Harps and Angels"Photo by Craig Schwartz Harps and Angels Music and lyrics by Randy NewmanConceived by Jack ViertelDirected by Jerry ZaksMark Taper Forum, Los AngelesThrough Dec. 22, 2010 www.centertheatregroup.org(See video clip below.) "Breathes  ...

Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon, LA

Natalia Tapia and Angel Corella in "DGV" Corella Ballet Castilla y León Artistic Director: Angel CorellaAhmanson TheatreLos AngelesThrough Nov. 7, 2010 www.musiccenter.org The Corella Ballet may not yet be a household name. It was founded two years ago  ...

Venice, LA

Matt Sax (foreground left) leads the cast of "Venice" in a Broadway-style number.Photo by Craig Schwartz Venice Book by Eric RosenMusic by Matt Sax (additional music by Curtis Moore)Lyrics by Matt Sax and Eric RosenKirk Douglas Theatre (Culver City/Los  ...

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  ...