March 4, 2008 |
Solo performers who project multiple personalities are familiar sights on regional stages: They're an affordable way to bring the street to subscribers, and they embody the multi-tasking shuffle mode of our 21st century brains. Major talents such as Danny Hoch and Jefferson Mays have set this genre's bar high. But Nilaja Sun takes the art of quick change into hyperspeed with "No Child . . . ," her solo show about theater as urban emergency kit. It opens Friday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
February 29, 2008 |
Megan Williams received her bachelor of fine arts from CalArts in 1978, Jessica Minckley from Otis in 2005. Their parallel solo shows at the Carl Berg Gallery -- Williams' 17th, Minckley's first -- make for an illuminating glimpse across generations, each accomplished in its way but driven by fundamentally different concerns.
February 16, 2008 |
Eddie Vedder will undertake his first solo tour with a handful of shows in April highlighting music from the Pearl Jam leader's music for Sean Penn's film "Into the Wild." The brief run opens April 2 in Vancouver and will include shows April 12 and 13 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles before wrapping April 15 in San Diego. Pearl Jam's website will have information about ticket sales, and members of the group's fan club will get first crack at them. New Zealand alt-rocker Liam Finn will be Vedder's supporting act for the shows, all of which will take place in California except for the Vancouver opener.
November 8, 2007 |
SO, yeah. Eddie Izzard, the British actor-comedian known as much for his cerebral stream-of-consciousness as his frequent cross-dressing, has been quietly gigging at the Coronet Theatre, ad-libbing a show called "Work in Progress" between shoots for the FX series "The Riches." The run has been so low-key that, largely, only clued-in British expats or fans belonging to Izzard's online mailing list have been aware he's at the 284-seat venue.
October 6, 2007 |
A more accurate title for the new show "Jerry Quickley: Un-Embedded" might be "Jerry Quickley: Unfinished." This one-man dispatch from the front lines of Iraq feels more like a half-realized podcast than a full-fledged theatrical endeavor. Perhaps best known as a host on KPFK-FM, Jerry Quickley recounts his recent trips to Baghdad in an extended monologue that he occasionally punctuates with photographs and video he took along the streets.
March 26, 2007 |
Presentational motifs dance about "I Land" at East West Players. Writer-performer Keo Woolford's solo show pulls the traditional Hawaiian talk story into autobiographical performance art. Kahiko, the ancient form of hula, began as sacred ritual. Woolford, his persona as engaging as his physicality is imposing, nails that aspect, with invaluable assistance from choreographers Robert Cazimero and Rokafella.
July 21, 2006
British stage and screen veteran Ian McKellen, most widely known in recent years as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, will perform a solo show, "A Knight Out in Los Angeles With Ian McKellen," Saturday and Sunday at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA.
May 19, 2006 |
Alice Johnson is a gamine actor with a lithe body, a rubber face and an engaging personality. However, the material in "St. Alice of Chattahoochee," Johnson's autobiographical solo show at the Elephant Theatre Lab, doesn't always measure up to the performer. The play briefly reprises Johnson's life, with a special emphasis on Johnson's eccentric Southern upbringing.
March 5, 2006 |
IN "Bridge & Tunnel," Sarah Jones' solo Broadway comedy, a Mrs. Lorraine Levine kicks off the poetry slam proceedings with a senior citizen jeremiad. Her hand fumbling with reading glasses, she prefaces the poem by recalling the anti-Semitism faced by her immigrant parents. "Thank God, times have changed," she says, "It may not be perfect, but we live in the best country in the world. Here in America we have freedom to say what we want, be what we want, to decide what happens in our country.
February 22, 2006 |
Karl Haendel's solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art is a facile rehash of an exhibition the museum presented in 1989. Seventeen years ago, "A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation" brought together works by 25 New Yorkers and five Angelenos more eager to comment on the difficulty of meaningful communication than to communicate meaningfully.