Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Antaeus Theatre in Glendale)

THE TRAGIC COMEDY OF LOVE Antaeus Theatre closes its season with a terrific production of Three Days in the Country, Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country. Turgenev was said to be Chekov’s inspiration to become a playwright, yet my affection for the latter has never extended to the former. Chekov feels […]


Post image for Theater Review: BIG FISH (Chance Theater)

FRIED, STEWED OR BROILED, THIS FISH WILL NEVER TASTE GOOD So here’s what baffles me: A show which is middling at best is suddenly showing up at regional, community and high school theaters with alarming regularity around the country. Well, maybe not so alarming. The show was, after all, on Broadway. Musical Theatre West in […]


Post image for Theater Review: ON YOUR FEET (National Tour)

DANCE DELIRIUM As jukebox musicals go, the rags-to-riches bio On Your Feet! definitely earns its exclamation point. No question, the upbeat tunes, with their irresistible Cuban-fusion street beat, would justify this 2015 tribute to the flashdance fervor of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their Miami Sound Machine. But their lives warrant a work too: Alexander Dinelaris’s predictable and […]


Post image for Los Angeles Music Preview: THE SUMMER OF LOVE (Michael Feinstein Sings the Hits of the ’60s with the Pasadena POPS at the Arboretum)

FEINSTEIN & THE SUMMER OF LOVE: COME ON BABY, LIGHT MY FIRE Of all the Michael Feinstein Pasadena POPS concerts so far, my favorites were his solo presentations of both Gershwin and the two Frank Sinatra concerts, celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday. That’s because Feinstein handed over the conductor’s baton to Larry Blank, who […]


Post image for Music Preview: BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV (Rachmoninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl)

DO NOT MISS BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL THIS WEEK Pianist Behzod Abduraimov is coming to the Hollywood Bowl this Thursday, July 12, 2018, so prepare yourself for one of the world’s greatest pianists. In fact, the in-demand, rightfully popular 27-year-old Uzbek pianist, who was born in Tashkent in 1990 just before the collapse […]


Post image for San Diego Theater Review: SPAMALOT (Cygnet Theatre)

THE HOLY GRAIL OF SILLY MUSICALS The tales of King Arthur and his knights of the round table stand as icons of literature, leaving them ripe for outrageous parody in Monty Python’s 1975 cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot walks the line of being a musical version of Holy Grail and being (as […]


Post image for Chicago Theater Review: FUCKING MEN (Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center)

SERIAL SEX AS A CONTINUUM OF DESIRE There’s not much to learn from Fucking Men —  an unabashed sexual merry-go-round and a late-night offering from Pride Films & Plays — but there’s a lot to like about it. Tony winner Joe DiPietro (creator of the musical Memphis) based his romp on 19th-century Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler’s much-imitated […]


Post image for Theater Review: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Midsommer Flight at Lincoln Park, Touhy Park, Gross Park, and Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens)

IT’S LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT WITH THE BARD’S FIRST LOOK AT LOVE Happily, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s first play, is not like the first pancake — a test case to be thrown away. A trifle depicting the too-forgivable treachery of fickle Proteus to everyone around him — especially his faithful Julia — it employs gender […]


Post image for Opera Review: LA GAZETTA (Pacific Opera Project)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! — Unearthed Rossini opera about newspaper ad hits L.A. after sitting around doing practically nothing for 200 years. Los Angeles — Detectives are trying to determine why one of the greatest opera composers of all time seemingly tossed his delightful but very very silly work La Gazzetta to the back […]


Post image for Los Angeles Film Review: THE 2018 MONTALBÁN SUMMER MOVIE SERIES (The Montalbán Theatre)

THE MONTALBÁN MIXES MOVIES, MINGLING AND MERRY MASTICATING Always fun, outdoor cinema hits the summer ether like the smell of fresh cut grass and smoked meat (or is that fresh cut meat and smoked grass?). There’s nothing quite like a balmy evening under the stars to experience that collective joy of watching a movie. And […]