This "new old-fashioned musical" strives to be both things simultaneously and ends up neither.
As someone who loves George Gershwin’s music, could listen to it 24/7 and never tire of it, I’d looked forward to reviewing "The Ghost of Gershwin" at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
But I quickly tired of ...
Edward Albee's drama explores a family living atop a psychological Superfund Site and suffering the dire consequences.
It’s Saturday and you’ve just been given tickets to an Edward Albee play.
What to wear, what to wear? You look through your closet for something appropriate:
(a) Tux. Un-huh.
(b) Business casual. Ahh, no.
(c) Hazmat suit. Hmmm….
This spare, pared-down tale is at its best when it depicts the trials of black South Africans under apartheid.
“The Suit” doesn’t fit as well as expected. With the renowned director Peter Brook’s name attached, one goes in expecting something magical like that long-ago “Midsummer Night’s Dream” or the “Marat/Sade” that set a standard for much that followed ...
This deft, if gloomy, account of the struggles of the Plantagenet clan owes its success to the talented cast.
It’s a story as old or older as any to be found in the Old Testament: a dysfunctional family; a husband and wife at each other’s throats; adult children twitching with ambition and sibling rivalry and, of course, a pearl ...
Though performed with devotion and vitality, this collaboration between Mark Morris and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is not entirely well integrated.
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In her time, Isadora Duncan choreographed opera, among them Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice.” There is lovely pastoral dance in that work; Mark Morris has evoked her spirit and style in Handel’s “Acis and Galatea.” Noted as a "world premiere," this ...
An inventive concept joins two offbeat operas in a coup for Opera Parallèle.
Just when you think it can’t get any better, amazingly it does. In its brief history Opera Parallèle, under the artistic direction of founder/conductor Nicole Paiement, has presented little-known contemporary works by Phillip Glass, Samuel Barber, John Harbison, Leonard Bernstein ...
Monologuist Brian Copeland inhabits a host of finely drawn characters in his coming-of-age tale.
Brian Copeland has a sad story to tell. But he tells it with such wit and self-deprecating humor that his audience has been laughing through its tears. For 10 years, in fact, making “Not a Genuine Black Man” allegedly the ...
This Pulitzer-winning drama's two threads are woven in alternately sad and funny patterns.
There’s an old saying that you can’t choose your family. It’s true, to some extent, but the relationships in "Water by the Spoonful" show it can be a lot more complicated.
Set in Philadelphia, and pretty much everywhere else, ...
Though ambitious in scope, this one-man show shortchanges dramatic development in summarizing Paul Robeson's life.
Paul Robeson sang the soundtrack of my childhood. I wore out two copies of his 78-rpm album, "Ballad for Americans," yet continued to play it, scratches and all. When I was about 8 years old I met him after a ...
Words and their subtext in human relationships form the core of this provocative work.
Lovers and losers; speaking and signing; silence and sound; but, above all, family. It’s all interwoven in the intricate pattern of Nina Raine's “Tribes,” one of the best shows to come down the pike in a long, long time. As ...