November 19, 2012 |
LA JOLLA - Futuristic theatrical effects are deployed like a hypnotist's pocket watch in "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. " But the real mesmerizing aspect of this new musical at La Jolla Playhouse, inspired by the music of the psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips, is the way it sounds. Our ears are delighted at a higher level than our eyes - or our minds, for that matter. The show's sophistication lies in the floating lyricism of its score, which can be categorized in that Tower Records-era indie catch-all known as "alternative rock.
October 23, 2012 |
David Mamet's political satire, "November," may be getting mixed reviews in L.A, but his Broadway revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross" is raking it in in previews. Starring Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale, the play's first four preview performances at New York's Schoenfeld Theatre last week brought in $703,775, or a gross of about $176,000 for each performance, according to the trade association Broadway League. One reason: Producers of the show have not been shy in pricing tickets.
October 8, 2012 |
Leaders from some of the largest theater companies in Southern California are scheduled to take part in a forum this month to discuss the issue of racial diversity and the inclusion (or lack thereof) of Asian Americans in stage productions. The forum is to be held at the David Henry Hwang Theater in downtown L.A. on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. The forum, which is invitation-only, is to include participation by Michael Ritchie, the artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Christopher Ashley, artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; and Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory.
October 3, 2012 |
"Hands on a Hardbody," the new musical that debuted earlier this year at the La Jolla Playhouse, has set a March opening on Broadway. The folksy production, about a group of people competing to win a new truck, is set to officially open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on March 21. The Brooks Atkinson is currently home to another show associated with the La Jolla company -- "Peter and the Starcatcher," which recently announced that it will close...
September 27, 2012 |
The Geffen Playhouse and the La Jolla Playhouse are reaching out to military families as part of a new, nationwide program offering discounted or complimentary tickets to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. Blue Star Theatres is a nationwide program that officially will be launched Friday. The program is organized by Theatre Communications Group, the nonprofit organization that promotes theater around the country, and Blue Star Families, a support organization for military families.
September 26, 2012 |
As long as America is America, land of opportunity as well as desperate opportunism, David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" will have a special place in our repertory. The drama, now in a crackling production at La Jolla Playhouse directed by artistic director Christopher Ashley, can be seen as a reworking of Arthur Miller's "Death of Salesman," with Willy Loman's sad-sack tale transformed into a kind of revenge story. The forces rallying against the little guy are as formidable as ever, but Mamet gives his team of salesmen working out of a dicey storefront real estate operation the same blood-coveting ferocity of a school of sharks.