February 5, 2013 |
British director Alexander Mackendrick made memorable films on both sides of the pond. In Britain, Mackendrick was one of the star directors at the famed Ealing Studios thanks to his sharp, inventive comedies such as 1949's "Whisky Galore" and 1951's "The Man in the White Suit," and his 1955 masterwork, "The Ladykillers," with Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. In Hollywood, Mackendrick is best known for the brilliant 1957 drama "Sweet Smell of Success" that starred Burt Lancaster as the ruthless gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker and Tony Curtis as the ambitious press agent Sidney Falco.
November 29, 2012
The New York City-based ensemble theater company Elevator Repair Service brings its epic show "Gatz" to Los Angeles. Set in a faceless office, "Gatz" is a word-for-word presentation of the experience of reading the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby. " Over the course of almost seven hours the story of the book unfolds as the participants in its telling slowly become transformed by it. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Through Dec. 9. Times and prices vary. (213)
November 27, 2012 |
In his younger and more vulnerable years, director John Collins flatly rejected the idea that theater is about bringing words on paper to life. He instead placed his trust in actors, space and movement as the most basic building blocks of stagecraft. "I wanted my plays to be made from what happened between actors moving around in rehearsal," said Collins, founder of the New York-based experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service. "That to me was fundamental to theater, more fundamental than text.
November 25, 2012 |
Call it "Long Day's Journey Into Intermission. " Or maybe "Waiting ... and Waiting ... and Waiting for Godot. " It is the marathon play or performance piece, the theatrical equivalent of the Tour de France or the nine-course prix fixe menu at the French Laundry. Done poorly it can seem like an endurance test or a stunt. Done brilliantly it can be transformational for those putting on the show as well as those watching it. Its exemplars are monumental, magisterial works like the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "Nicholas Nickleby," based on Charles Dickens' 1839 novel, which clocked in at 81/2 hours in two parts (dinner break included)
November 16, 2012 |
A horrific, unforgettable action painting of male energy, intimacy and agony, the collaborative, partly improvisational “Them” comes to the REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall as a reminder of the fierce beauty of contemporary dance - even contemporary dance backdated by more than a quarter-century. Created in 1986, "Them" has been reconstructed into the award-winning version that opened Thursday for a four-performance run (through Sunday)....
November 15, 2012
STAGE A restaging of the powerful 1986 piece of dance theater called "Them," which won the Bessie Award last year, is making its West Coast premiere. "Them" explores the harrowing topic of AIDS and its devastating effects on both body and soul. The original dancers are joined by a cast of six new young men. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Thu. to Sat. 7 p.m. Sun. Prices vary. http://www.redcat.org.
November 8, 2012
The composer Raymond Scott shaped a generation of young minds with his scores for popular cartoons of the era. But he was also an early electronic-music pioneer, and at this show members of Oingo Boingo re-create some of his best work and unravel the legacy of a musician whose vision helped define early pop. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $20. redcat.org.
November 8, 2012 |
Few cultural aficionados today recognize Raymond Scott's name. But if you've ever watched a Looney Tunes cartoon, or an episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show," or "The Simpsons," you've likely heard some of his antic, polyrhythmically perverse, one-of-a-kind music. And if you're a musical-techno gear geek, you may use state-of-the-art sound-making and noise-processing equipment that Scott, a prolific inventor, helped pioneer in the days of reel-to-reel tape recorders and UNIVAC computers.
November 1, 2012 |
Tony Cokes' short videos, currently on view at REDCAT, expose the hypocrisy of consumer culture, the navel-gazing of the art world and the malfeasance of American politics. But they are a hard sell, often composed of little more than screen after screen of text set to music, and if you're lucky, some heavily processed images. It's as if Cokes hit on a formula in the late 1980s and never looked back, filling his works with lengthy lists of facts, quotes and musings. The REDCAT exhibition includes 45 works from the last decade or so, divided into eight themed groups.
October 27, 2012
The day the butterflies were set free in Mark Z. Danielewski's West Hollywood apartment, music was playing, sewing machines were running and swaths of fabric with carefully stitched illustrations for the new edition of his novella "The Fifty Year Sword" were strewn around his living room. He'd painted one wall with magnetic chalkboard paint for sketching patterns and thrown out his couch to make room for the friends who joined his literary sewing circle - though at times, he admits, it seemed more like a literary sweatshop.