La Bohème

Call it a chestnut or a war horse, if you must, in order to polish your sophistication credentials. “La Bohème,” done well, is some of the most moving music on an opera stage. It is  ...

A Play is a Poem

Here is the question:  What would you think if you saw “A Play is a Poem” and did not know it was written by Ethan Coen? If you had been living under a rock and had never heard of  ...

Latin History for Morons

In what can be construed as a forward or prelude, John Leguizamo announces he is about to “undue your entire education.” Had you used some of that education to peruse the program you would have come across a daunting  ...

The Play That Goes Wrong

Alas, sometimes a title gives away the plot. Maybe it is foolish to expect more from a play written by a committee, namely Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. It is summer and once again theatrical producers are  ...

La Traviata

How you feel about the Marta Domingo production of La Traviata will probably be influenced by what you think about moving an opera from the original setting to another time period. Verdi wrote his blockbuster  ...

Happy Days

How you react to “Happy Days” at the Taper may depend on how you feel about revisiting absurdist theater. If you were around in the ‘60’s you probably saw “Happy Days,” along with “Krapp’s Last Tape” and “Waiting for  ...

Falsettos

Smart, sassy, entertaining, funny, heart wrenching. The adjectives do not exactly capture the whole of Falsettos, the Lincoln Center production currently at the Ahmanson. Falsettos is an amalgamation of two, one act, musical plays: “March  ...

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 story is  ...

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.  ...