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.
September 13, 2005 |
When Heather Raffo, an American daughter of an Iraqi-born father, entered Baghdad in 1993 for her first visit as an adult, a stern-looking border agent carefully examined her passport. His countenance wasn't surprising -- he was a representative of Saddam Hussein's government, two years after the United States bombed Baghdad in the first Gulf War. But the blond Raffo, who doesn't speak Arabic and whose mother's family is Irish American, found his first words extremely surprising.
June 16, 2005 |
"About four years ago, I had this seminal idea that the first night I took Ecstasy with my friend -- she changed my life. She showed me you can trust people." Justine Moore is recalling the genesis of "Ecstasy and the Ice Queen," her solo show about her teenage years. Although her words might sound a little starry-eyed, her show at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica is no nostalgic wallow.
February 23, 2005 |
As she frankly admits in her solo show "More" at the Falcon, Yeardley Smith has always wanted "more" -- more from her family, more from her personal relationships but, most pressingly and pointedly, more from her acting career, a source of obsessive preoccupation throughout her life. Smith (and don't mispronounce her name. It's Yard-ley) had a long Broadway run in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" while she was still in her teens and soon scored a starring role in the cult series "Herman's Head."