October 17, 2003 |
An architect tries to commit suicide in the half-finished cathedral he designed, but his attempt fails. He is left hanging from the gallows, alive as ever, apparently not even wounded. This is the central image of Improbable Theatre's "The Hanging Man" at Freud Playhouse, part of UCLA Live's International Theatre Festival. Always intriguing and sometimes amusing, it's a production that feels almost as unfinished as its protagonist's suicide attempt.
July 6, 2000
* Theater. "Lifegame," Improbable Theatre's hit London show that creates different shows each night based on a selected San Diego resident's life memories, using puppetry and music, closes Sunday at the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road. Today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. $21 to $39. (858) 550-1010. * Theater.
July 23, 1998
Two exhibitions opening Sunday celebrate African American culture: During the Jazz Age of the 1920s, black artists congregating in Harlem promoted brisk cultural activity in what later became known as the Harlem Renaissance. It is often thought of solely as a literary movement, but the L.A. County Museum of Art's "Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance" will examine how painting, drawing and sculpture contributed to the cultural movement.
July 28, 1998 |
"70 Hill Lane," an unexpectedly magical show from the 2-year-old British troupe Improbable Theatre, begins with a man fashioning a puppet out of some crumpled-up newspaper. At first, it's difficult to believe in something as absurdly crude as a newspaper puppet. But in just a little while, this sheet of ink-stained paper becomes not only a viable figurine but a beloved grandmother, hooked up to an IV, taking her final few precious breaths in the world.
June 13, 2000 |
First, a critic's caveat: If you go to "Lifegame," you won't see what's described in this review. That aside, what you will see, you'll probably enjoy. "Lifegame," conceived by Keith Johnstone, is an ingenious twist on the improvisational theater "call out a subject" challenge.
May 12, 2000
Tony Award-winning singer Audra McDonald, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, legendary jazz pianist Keith Jarrett and the Mark Morris Dance Group are among the diverse mix of dance, music, theater and spoken-word performers who will be featured in UCLA Performing Arts' 2000-2001 season, to be announced today. Mezzo-soprano McDonald will make her Royce Hall debut Oct. 12. Appearing at Royce on Oct.