Lackawanna Blues

“Nanny was like the government if it really worked.” That pretty much sums up the story of Nanny, the heart of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s 2001, autobiographical spoken ballad currently playing at the Taper.  ...

The Clemency of Titus

If you are feeling jaded by seeing too many Bohemes, Butterflies, and Carmens, but are unable to cuddle up to late 20th and 21st century works, you should definitely give LA Opera’s  ...

Linda Vista

If you like your existential misery wrapped in snappy one liners, Tracy Letts is the playwright for you. He did it in “August Osage County” and he is doing it again in “Linda Vista” at the Taper.  ...

Come From Away (National Tour)

‘Tis the season to fill theaters with feel good productions, or so the masters of theater scheduling reason. We curmudgeons may grumble and skip our 47th Nutcracker. Or we may suck it up and take a youngster or a  ...

Hansel and Gretel

No, Hansel and Gretel is not a children’s opera per se, but it is an opera, and a production, you can take children to. This hypothesis was well tested opening night when the audience was full of members of the  ...

Dear Evan Hansen

I have seen studies claiming that the majority of adolescents go through their teenage years with little distress. I have never taken those studies seriously. The job of the adolescent is to separate and individuate him or herself and that  ...

Don Carlo

The LA Opera has kicked off its 2018-19 season with gusto. Verdi’s “Don Carlo” is grand opera with a capital ‘G.’ The music is lavish and all enveloping – orchestra and cast meet the challenge head on. The full LA  ...

Sweat

The Taper is kicking off the 2018-19 season with a strong start, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Sweat.” Written in 2015, “Sweat” has to do with the after effects of NAFTA, modern management style, and the 2008 downturn on a  ...

The Humans

Either the emperor is wearing no clothes or I need to return to the Ahmanson and watch “The Humans” again. It won the Tony 2016, for best play. It has been greeted with accolades by major critics in its  ...

Soft Power

I must admit to having looked forward to seeing a new work by David Henry Hwang -- “M. Butterfly” and “Yellow Face” stand out in my mind – I have loved every one I have seen. But I also must  ...