October 17, 2013 |
"Lost for Words" is an unlikely romance set in Hong Kong between an American on an information-technology assignment and a Chinese ballerina newly arrived to join a dance company. Michael (Sean Faris of "Never Back Down") is an ex-Marine who is emotionally preoccupied because of a separation. The virginal Anna (Grace Huang of "The Man With the Iron Fists") is the product of a strict Catholic upbringing. Even in this megalopolis, the two manage to cross paths three times before their formal introduction.
October 15, 2013 |
Though David Ives is known for wit that's bold, “The Liar's” something special, truth be told. Adapting antique farce by Pete Corneille in vernacular of the present day, complete with pentametric verse in rhyme, the writing's surely worthy of our time. Performed with skill by pros at Antaeus, its L.A. premiere has much to please us. O'erflowing with surfeit of talent vast, the show as usual is double-cast (which makes reviewing problematical enough to wish for a sabbatical). Take solace that the troupe's consistency should make all actor mash-ups fun to see. In an upper class romantic tangle, under direction by Casey Stangl, Nicholas D'Agosto and Rob Nagle were the plucky stars I saw finagle - as cocky pathological liar, and servant whose love of truth aims higher - to woo Jules Willcox' fair lass and Gigi Bermingham's flirty maid, respectively.
October 12, 2013 |
Arleta is dedicating its football field to former Coach Jeff Engilman before Friday's homecoming game against North Hollywood. The field will become Jeff Engilman Field. "It's a great honor," said Engilman, who started the Arleta program in 2006 and retired in 2010. Engilman is also the grand marshal for the homecoming parade, which means he will have to get into a car. "I didn't want to do that, but the principal said, 'You got to get into the car,'" Engilman said. The big surprise is that Engilman hasn't coached in three years.
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October 4, 2013 |
More than $20,000 has been raised online for the families of five people who died in a fiery crash in Burbank as businesses throughout the city plan to host more fundraisers this weekend. The single-car crash occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway. It appeared the vehicle was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed when the driver apparently lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment, Burbank police said.
September 26, 2013 |
The Old Globe gives "Romeo and Juliet" a rock makeover in "The Last Goodbye," "Taxi" costars reunite as "The Sunshine Boys" at the Ahmanson, and some spooky shows herald the coming of Halloween. Rumination Exploration of the life of 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 9/29. 7 p.m. 9/29; 7 p.m. 10/6. Through 10/27. $15. 818-202-4120 Yarmy's Army Veteran comics perform in this fundraiser for the Group Rep. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood.
September 26, 2013 |
Unless you have a high tolerance for selfish behavior, “Lake Anne” probably won't float your boat. This downbeat new drama about an ex-ballerina and her developmentally disabled son proves a leaky vessel with which to launch the Road Theatre Company's first full season in its impressive second location, a 77-seat performance space in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Awash with clumsy, filler-laden scripting and uneven performances, Marthe Rachel Gold's play revolves around Anne (Laurie O'Brien)
September 26, 2013 |
"Love finds its way" is an Arabic proverb that deftly finds its way - literally and figuratively - into the taut, compelling drama "Out in the Dark," which places a gay-themed romance at the center of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian discord. A first-time feature helmer, the Israeli-born Michael Mayer (not to be confused with the same-named American theater and film/TV director) ratchets up the tension on its appealing lead characters in believable, heartfelt ways while spinning out an edgy tale fueled by do-or-die sociopolitical intrigue.
September 12, 2013 |
Is he an aggressive, paranoid, pathological liar or an American hero? That's the complex question director Jamie Meltzer explores - if never quite answers - regarding left-wing radical-turned-FBI mole Brandon Darby in the compelling, well-crafted documentary "Informant. " With seemingly full cooperation from Darby (strangely, he even "acts" in dramatic re-creations of key events), Meltzer lays out the disparate facts of Darby's recent past, starting in 2005 when the Texas native drove to New Orleans to help rescue a friend, former Black Panther Robert King Wilkerson, from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.
September 11, 2013 |
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Love and relationships are explored in a series of vignettes in this musical comedy. Crown City Theatre, 11031 Camarillo St., St. Matthew's LGBT Church, North Hollywood. 9/12. 8 p.m. 9/12; 8 p.m. 9/13; 8 p.m. 9/14; 3 p.m. 9/15. Through 10/20. $30. 818-605-5685 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? West Coast premiere of this adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel that was also the basis for the noir-ish 1982 sci-fi film "Blade Runner.
September 9, 2013 |
Another large-scale apartment complex - this one catering to creative young professionals - has opened in the NoHo Arts District as real estate development continues in the North Hollywood neighborhood. The latest to come online is the $50-million Hesby, a luxury dwelling intended to tap into NoHo's arty reputation. It has what its owners call a writers' cafe with coffee bar, a music rehearsal studio and an outdoor movie venue among its tenant amenities. The 308-unit complex at 5031 Fair Ave. and Hesby Street was built by Alliance Residential Co., a Phoenix multifamily developer and apartment manager.