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March 13, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
A sampling of Los Angeles' spring fundraisers and galas: Saturday (March 16) - REDCAT “CalArts Celebrates 10 Years of REDCAT.” Jack Black emcees; Cynthia Hopkins performs; honors Walt Disney Co. and Catherine Opie at Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater. Tickets from $850. (661) 253-7727. March 20 - Alzheimer's Assn. “A Night at Sardi's” honors Brian Grazer and Jill Gascoine. “Best of Broadway” celebrity revue. Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tickets from $500. (818)
March 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Spring is, as always, a season for festivals. The big one in Los Angeles this year is the ongoing celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, initiated by Los Angeles Opera. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's weeklong Brooklyn Festival in April is an investigation into how the New York City borough has become a hot spot for young composers. But while festivals take up a lot of the oxygen on the performing arts calendars, there is much else: Christian Wolff As a teen in the early 1950s, Wolff was taken under John Cage's wing and soon became a prominent member of Cage's New York School.
February 23, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Two of New York's most prominent experimental troupes, the Wooster Group and Richard Maxwell's New York City Players, have joined forces to tackle a trio of early one-act dramas written by Eugene O'Neill about seafaring men and that vast expanse of briny rootlessness that is their existential home. There are, in short, three contrasting sensibilities at work in this production of "Early Plays," which opened Thursday at REDCAT, where it runs through Sunday. But they are united in their desire to cleanse the palate of theatergoers accustomed to a menu of stale and flavorless familiarity.
February 21, 2013
The Wooster Group and New York City Players tackle Eugene O'Neil's "Glencairn" plays — "Bound East for Cardiff" (1914), "The Long Voyage Home" (1917) and "The Moon of the Caribbees" (1918). Together, the tales of roughousing sailors take on a poignant, lonely resonance. This performance features cast members from both companies directed by Richard Maxwell. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 Thu.-Sat, 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $45 and $50.
February 5, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Lewis Segal
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.
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