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April 23, 2006 | Diane Haithman
THERE'S the "Salome" everybody is talking about -- you know, the production of the Oscar Wilde play that will open Thursday at the Wadsworth Theatre, starring Al Pacino and directed by Estelle Parsons. It's a staged reading, duplicating a 2003 Broadway production that was developed at the august Actors Studio in New York. Then there's the other "Salome" -- not by Wilde, but definitely something of a theatrical wild card.
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September 28, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Gustave Moreau's painting of Salomé dancing before Herod is one of those rare episodes in narrative art when subject, style and material come together so seamlessly that two things happen: A viewer is transfixed and a moment in time is crystallized. The extravagant 1876 canvas, which took the artist seven years to complete, is one of the stars of the UCLA Hammer Museum's small permanent collection of Old Master and 19th century paintings and sculptures. Now it is the subject of a modest but absorbing show there - a deep dive into a singular masterpiece.
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October 9, 2008 | David Ng
Karita Mattila. Naked. Those three words have been on the mind of practically every New York opera fan for the last month as the Finnish soprano strips bare in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of "Salome" by Richard Strauss. On Saturday, the company will broadcast the opera live to movie theaters around the country. While those at the Met will see Mattila go full frontal during the Dance of the Seven Veils, people at the movies will see something, well, much more restrained. "You'll see the camera pan away from her as she does the dance," a Met spokesman said.
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October 23, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
By all accounts, San Francisco is in love with Nicola Luisotti -- a 47-year-old conductor from Viareggio, Italy, and very Italian -- as is he with his new city. Last month he became music director of San Francisco Opera, and his performance of the season's opening production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore" won unanimous praise. Wednesday night, the gregarious conductor was on the podium for a new production of Richard Strauss' "Salome" at the War Memorial Opera House, and when he took his curtain call, he acknowledged the crowd's clearly delighted cheers by patting his heart with huge swings of his right hand.
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April 20, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
The Music Center Opera created something of a stir, and with good reason, when it first ventured Richard Strauss' magnificently lurid "Salome" in 1986. Opera, we agreed, should always be like this. Triumphing over the dangers of anti-type casting, Maria Ewing offered a devastatingly original, daringly graphic impersonation of the teen-age Princess of Judea. Sir Peter Hall, then her husband, staged the proceedings with a probing eye for psychological detail and telling stress on the essential aura of perfumed, decaying eroticism.
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January 5, 1992 | WALTER PRICE
RICHARD STRAUSS: "Salome," with Cheryl Studer, Horst Hiestermann, Bryn Terfel, Leonie Rysanek, others; Berlin Opera Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli, conducting. Deutsche Grammophon 431 810-2. STRAUSS: "Salome," with Eva Marton, Heinz Zednik, Bernd Weikl, Brigitte Fassbaender, others; Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conducting. Sony Classical S2K 46717. When the chips are down, a performance of "Salome" is a performance by Salome.
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May 6, 2006
OH my gawd! I opened up the Calendar section and one of the lines in the headline of Charles McNulty's theater review [" 'Salome'? Oy Vey!" April 29] hit me like a thousand locomotives: "Al Pacino Goes Over the Top...." Who knew? Stop the presses! BILLY MANGE Redlands
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June 29, 1997
While I applaud the efforts of the composers of last Sunday's Puzzler to be creative, I must take issue with two of the clues. 42 Across, " 'Salome songs": To the best of my knowledge, there are no arias, as such, in "Salome." 43 Across, "place-kicker's prop": The place-kicker does not use a tee. The ball is placed on the ground by the holder from whence it is kicked. The tee is used on kickoffs, which is not place-kicking. Actually, the term "place-kicker" is obsolete. The player who kicks from a tee or a hold is now called the "kicker," as opposed to the "punter."
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April 18, 1989 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Unaccustomed to the dryness--not to mention the recent temperatures soaring past the century mark--Maria Ewing downs one glass of water after another. Otherwise, the international opera star concedes nothing to climatic discomfort. Or to any other discomfort. How she handles her imminent divorce from director Sir Peter Hall, much less her two-year-old falling out with the Met, are matters that require a stiff upper lip, so to speak. And here, in a spacious office of the Music Center Opera, that lip is very much in evidence.
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April 22, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
Blanche DuBois depended on the kindness of strangers; in "Tennessee Williams UnScripted," her creator does too. Impro Group is extending its run of improvised plays in the style of the Southern Gothic dramatist. Each performance is a completely different show, sparked by audience members suggesting a month of the year and an animal. One recent Saturday at Theatre Asylum, "February" and "polar bear" inspired a fevered saga about two families connected by lust and property. (This is the South, after all.)
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April 22, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
Blanche DuBois depended on the kindness of strangers; in "Tennessee Williams UnScripted," her creator does too. Impro Group is extending its run of improvised plays in the style of the Southern Gothic dramatist. Each performance is a completely different show, sparked by audience members suggesting a month of the year and an animal. One recent Saturday at Theatre Asylum, "February" and "polar bear" inspired a fevered saga about two families connected by lust and property. (This is the South, after all.)
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November 6, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Boehm is a Times staff writer.
After being bailed out repeatedly over the years by a small corps of big donors, Opera Pacific, Orange County's professional opera company, appears to have sung its swan song -- barring a fairy-tale rescue. If it succumbs, the company, founded in 1986 as part of the burst of arts energy in the county surrounding the opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, will be a casualty of this year's crisis on Wall Street.
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October 9, 2008 | David Ng
Karita Mattila. Naked. Those three words have been on the mind of practically every New York opera fan for the last month as the Finnish soprano strips bare in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of "Salome" by Richard Strauss. On Saturday, the company will broadcast the opera live to movie theaters around the country. While those at the Met will see Mattila go full frontal during the Dance of the Seven Veils, people at the movies will see something, well, much more restrained. "You'll see the camera pan away from her as she does the dance," a Met spokesman said.
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May 6, 2006
OH my gawd! I opened up the Calendar section and one of the lines in the headline of Charles McNulty's theater review [" 'Salome'? Oy Vey!" April 29] hit me like a thousand locomotives: "Al Pacino Goes Over the Top...." Who knew? Stop the presses! BILLY MANGE Redlands
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April 29, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
OSCAR WILDE'S "Salome" is a strange play. Just how strange? It's lured the great Al Pacino to take on the part of Herod, king of Judea -- as though he were channeling Jerry Lewis. Evidently it's a choice. Pacino has been working on the one-act for a number of years with his director, Estelle Parsons.
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April 23, 2006 | Diane Haithman
THERE'S the "Salome" everybody is talking about -- you know, the production of the Oscar Wilde play that will open Thursday at the Wadsworth Theatre, starring Al Pacino and directed by Estelle Parsons. It's a staged reading, duplicating a 2003 Broadway production that was developed at the august Actors Studio in New York. Then there's the other "Salome" -- not by Wilde, but definitely something of a theatrical wild card.
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June 17, 1989
As a 10-year member of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, I would like to thank Terry McQuilkin for his June 12 review of our 10th-anniversary concert. We have worked toward mainstream recognition as a legitimate musical ensemble, capable of doing Stravinsky "straight" as well as campy theatrics for our own community audience, and McQuilkin clearly recognized that this program was designed to represent both aspects. However, I contend that his description of our dancers as being "sexually explicit" is misleading to potential concert-goers, and probably would not have been applied to a male-female duo performing the same actions.
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June 18, 1989 | HERBERT GLASS
Richard Strauss was a target almost from the start of his career in the 1880s, with the Brahmsians reviling him as Richard the Second, i.e., Wagner, his idol. After the turn of the century, the Establishment took up the cudgels in response to the screechings and eroticism of his operas "Salome" and "Elektra." Whereupon he was lambasted by the modernists for turning his back on dissonance in favor of Johann Strauss as well as the Classical era in his "Der Rosenkavalier," whose success, another clique contended, he vainly tried to repeat in subsequent, sound-alike operas.
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April 23, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
AL PACINO likes layers. A week before the first performance of "Salome" at the Wadsworth Theatre in West L.A., he drifts up and down the dark aisles like a wayward cloud formation of black and gray garments -- baggy pants, a couple of untucked shirts and a droopy blazer, his smiling face floating above them in Cheshire cat fashion. "Suicide," he says. "Murder. Sex." Pacino is ticking off the overlapping elements that keep him coming back to this odd script and the role of Herod, king of Judea.
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March 18, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
Al Pacino, Kevin Anderson and Jessica Chastain will appear in Oscar Wilde's "Salome," opening April 27 at the Wadsworth Theatre in L.A. Based on the biblical tale of lust, betrayal and revenge, the play was developed over a period of two years by Pacino and director Estelle Parsons at the Actors Studio in New York. With original music by Yukio Tsuji, it will be performed as a dramatic staged reading duplicating the 2003 Broadway production.
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