Post image for Los Angeles Cabaret Review: ABSINTHE (Spiegelworld Tent at L.A. Live)

TITS AND SASS My only problem with 20 year old acrobats and showgirls is that they’re not going to date me while I’m in Las Vegas to catch a show. The casinos that hire them aren’t stupid; sexual frustration is the foundation of the gambling followed by cocaine followed by hookers tourism industry. I personally […]

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Post image for Dance Review: WHIPPED CREAM (American Ballet Theatre World Premiere)

WHIPPED INTO SUBMISSION Explaining the creation of his 1924 two-act ballet, Richard Strauss stated, “I cannot bear the tragedy of the present time. I want to create joy.” Thus was born Schlagobers, which premiered at the Vienna State Opera. More sweet than meat, it was meant to satiate the angst caused by a brutal world […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: RULES OF SECONDS (Los Angeles Theatre Center)

GOOD FORM AND OTHERS Most playwrights look like they’d rather kiss an ass than kick it. I like John Pollono because he looks like he came expressly to throw a beating, and so it is facile of me to observe that Pollono’s fun new play opened Thursday with the intention of knocking its audience around. […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Review: TETZLAFF PLAYS DVOŘÁK WITH ESCHENBACH (LA Phil at Disney Hall)

TETZLAFF PLAYS DVOŘÁK There was atmosphere galore in Christian Tetzlaff’s intense interpretation of the Dvořák Violin Concerto last night at Disney Hall, but something was amiss—or rather missing. This is precisely the type of performance that perplexes this critic: Everything is handled right by a soloist, well-steered by conductor, and executed perfectly by well-balanced players. […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Photo Preview: CAROUSEL (Musical Theatre West in Long Beach)

COME RIDE THE CAROUSEL The photos are in for Musical Theatre West’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical masterpiece Carousel, which opens tonight and plays through April 9, 2017 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.  Truly one of the greatest musicals ever written, Carousel explores the timeless message of message of love, […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR (The Wooster Group at REDCAT)

BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER Having complained more than once that postmodern deconstruction often a) picks on literature that can’t fight back and b) discourages dialogue by speaking in and to a closed system, I am ecstatic to find that the new Wooster Group show dissects a text so dense and fraught that cutting it up only […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Preview: HE HAD IT COMING (Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles)

COMING AND CUMMING Gay men and show tunes? I know this sounds shocking, but I wonder how many of you know what a swell fit that is. And to prove it, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) continues its super-spectacular 38th Season with He Had It Coming, a showcase of Broadway’s best songs for […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Feature: MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER (on tour, stopping at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica)

HEAVEN, YOU’LL BE IN HEAVEN One could scrutinize the reasons that an apotheosis of songwriting appeared early in the twentieth-century, but there was something magical floating through the air that surrounded the world of popular music, not just in America but in Europe as well. Baby Boomers and Millennials have enjoyed a glimpse of this […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: DESTINY OF DESIRE (Goodman Theatre)

A SEASON OF SOAPS IN ONE SHOW An exhilarating, over-the-top, floridly artificial romp, Destiny of Desire is as wonderfully hokey as its title. A Chicago premiere, Goodman Theatre’s co-production with South Coast Repertory is Karen Zacarías’ affectionate salute to the romance of the telenovela. Her stylized showcase is a giddy treat that quietly carries an […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Preview: INTO THE WOODS (Fiasco Theatre at the Ahmanson)

INTO THE SOUL OF INTO THE WOODS When I first saw Fiasco Theatre’s production of Into the Woods, it was without reservation that I told friends it was worth the drive from Los Angeles to San Diego’s Old Globe. Now, there is no excuse. Uniquely the most emotionally hard-hitting of any of the dozen or so […]

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