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  ...

Orpheus and Eurydice

How do they do it? The Joffrey Ballet has two simultaneous gigs in LA: the Gluck opera, "Orpheus and Eurydice," and the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet." The consensus is that the troop is spectacular in "Orpheus," but their production of  ...

Water by the Spoonful

Addiction is as hot a topic now as it was in 2012 when Quiara Alegria Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, "Water by the Spoonful." It may not be your number one topic, but do  ...

Candide

The Candide credits make it look like opera designed by a committee. But what a committee. It didn't start that way. Lillian Hellman, in high dudgeon over the early activities of the McCarthy Committee and its followers, approached Bernstein with  ...

Something Rotten (National Tour)

Sometimes a pot shot is just too easy. Sometimes it lands right on the bull’s eye. “Something Rotten,” the title of the new musical at the Ahmanson, offers a quiver full of justifications for a critic to lay into it.  ...

Nabucco

Verdi’s “Nabucco” could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old, and Italy was a loose confederation of city states dominated by foreign powers, especially Austria in the  ...

The Pearl Fishers (Les Pecheurs de Perles)

Why, you may ask yourself, have I not heard this opera before? Good question. George Bizet, the composer, is practically a household word, even though his only product you may be able bring to mind is “Carmen,” this season’s LA  ...

Head of Passes

What on earth does “Head of Passes” mean? Let us clear that up quickly. It is the mouth of the Mississippi River, a desolate wetland where the river breaks into three branches as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  ...