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 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 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 ...
Annette Bening's reverential treatment of the pioneering monologuist challenges viewers to laugh at tiresome women from a bygone era.
Ruth Draper is not a household word for you? Well, you are forgiven. She was born in 1884 and performed monologues through the early 1950s. The grayest of the gray-haired in the audience may recall a moment or two of ...
One of Noël Coward's last works gets a proper, acerbic revival at Pasadena Playhouse.
The old adage — “never tell your best friend anything you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to know” — is the armature of Noel Coward’s “A Song At Twilight,” one of the last plays he wrote (1966) before his death ...
This engaging new production sees Donizetti's heroine from a feminist perspective: a woman driven mad by the shackles of her status.
For a fully satisfying combination of classical music and contemporary theater, the current LA Opera production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" is not to be missed. I shamelessly like my opera grand with voices to die for, singers who can act, ...
Asher Lev (Jason Karasev) is the son of an Hasidic couple, Rivheh (Anna Khaja) and Aryeh (Joel Polis). How you feel about "my Name is Asher Lev" may have as much to do with how you feel about proselytizing, ultra ...
Winding up a yearlong celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, L.A. Opera presents the composer’s most ambitious opera, "Billy Budd," featuring definitive staging by Francesca Zambello from her 1995 Covent Garden production. It stars Liam Bonner in the lead role, and is conducted by the company’s own James Conlon, with ...
The "Frasier" alum was nominated in 2013 for his performance as Vanya in the play and returns to direct the show's L.A. run at the Mark Taper Forum through March 9.
In an era where actors seem to be ...