December 5, 2013 |
A vacant laundry becomes the moral crucible for competing interests in a financially depressed Bronx borough in John Patrick Shanley's “Storefront Church,” making its L.A. area premiere at NoHo Arts Center. Following “Doubt” and “Defiance,” this is the concluding play in Shanley's “Church and State” trilogy exploring ethical dilemmas at the intersection of institutional politics and individual responsibility. Although the piece lacks the tight focus and precision of “Doubt,” there's no mistaking Shanley's unique ability to illuminate complexities underlying topical issues.
December 5, 2013 |
The Second City puts a twist on Dickens, the Troubies build a holiday show around one-hit wonders, and Impro Theatre is making it up as it goes along in "Jane Austen Unscripted. " The Gizmo Guys Comedy juggling act for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Today, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $8, $12. (562) 944-9801. Blue Suede Christmas A pair of Elvis impersonators perform classic hits and seasonal favorites. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos.
November 28, 2013 |
"Peter and the Starcatcher" alights at the Ahmanson, Bette Midler portrays super-agent Sue Mengers, and Brian Dennehy is "The Steward of Christendom. " Plus, a stocking stuffed full of seasonally -themed shows. Celebrating the Holidays with The Lion King Cast members from the hit musical perform seasonal favorites in this benefit show. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Mon., 8:30 p.m. $35, $50. (323) 466-2210. City of Light Concert reading of this Paris-set romantic-comedy musical.
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November 25, 2013 |
Conrad Susa, a prolific composer for voice and stage whose works include the widely produced 1973 opera "Transformations," based on poet Anne Sexton's retelling of Grimm's fairy tales, has died at his home in San Francisco. He was 78. Susa died in his sleep Thursday after a long period of decline following a serious fall, said Byron Adams, a UC Riverside musicologist who is an executor of Susa's estate. A longtime professor of composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Susa wrote five operas, including " The Dangerous Liaisons," based on the 18th century French epistolary tale of erotic scheming by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
November 22, 2013 |
Theater leaders in Southern California will convene for a second panel on racial diversity that will serve as a sequel of sorts to last year's discussion hosted by East West Players in downtown Los Angeles. The upcoming panel will be held Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. While last year's event was by invitation only, the upcoming discussion is free and open to the public. Panelists expected to attend include Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players; and Jessica Kubzansky, co-artistic director of the Theatre @ Boston Court. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The 2012 panel was convened in response to a production of the Duncan Sheik musical "The Nightingale" at the La Jolla Playhouse earlier that year.
November 21, 2013 |
The new play "God's Gypsy" celebrates the life and times of Teresa of Avila, love is in the air in "Parfumerie," and "The Secret Garden" blooms in Anaheim. Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show Sketch-comedy musical for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sunday, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. $8-$12. (562) 944-9801. Parfumerie Adaptation of the retail-set, holiday-themed romantic comedy that was the basis for the films “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You've Got Mail.” The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.
November 15, 2013 |
Explore London's springtime cultural scene with arts writer Barbara Isenberg, who is hosting her 29th annual theater and art tour. Her eight-day tour includes behind-the-scenes visits to theaters and museums as well as meetings with actors, critics and others. Tour participants will enjoy six top theatrical productions, including the Olivier-winning “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” guided visits to museums and a day in the country. Highlights include Tate Modern 's major exhibition, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” the home and gardens of Uppark Country House , the Chichester Festival Theatre , a launch pad for many London and Broadway hits, full English tea and an insider's look at Britain, including a special tour of Parliament.
November 14, 2013 |
"Thor: The Dark World" will steal "The Best Man Holiday's" thunder at the box office this weekend. After debuting with a healthy $85.7 million, the 3-D superhero sequel is expected to collect at least an additional $40 million during its second weekend in theaters, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Providing the only other competition is the only new wide release "The Best Man Holiday," a modestly budgeted sequel aimed at African Americans poised to debut with a robust $23 million.
November 14, 2013 |
As a theater major at USC, Cyrus Hobbi is accustomed to studying dramas. But the burly Trojans offensive lineman never anticipated that he would be at the center of one on the football field and in social media. Or that reliving onstage his wrenching experience last season against Stanford would help him move past it. Last December, in a small theater on campus, Hobbi delivered a 15-minute solo performance before an audience of about 100. Writing and performing the play for a class was a catharsis for the third-year sophomore from Arizona.
November 12, 2013 |
M.I.A. had cautioned them, but her fans hadn't listened. “iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government,” went a claim in her song “The Message.” Released in 2010, the track seemingly foreshadowed Edward Snowden's recent revelations about digital surveillance by the National Security Agency. Yet seconds after the singer-rapper came onstage Monday night to the sound of chopping helicopter blades, her audience at the Belasco Theater had transformed into a sea of glowing smartphones, each capturing a stream of data to be beamed into cyberspace -- and possibly intercepted by Big Brother.