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“Forever” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre – Los Angeles theater review

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Forever was, to quote an elderly gentleman leaving the theatre, “not my cup of tea.” The latest creation of writer/actress Dael Orlandersmith, this one-woman show is a piece of straight-up storytelling that just bored this reviewer. The writing is repetitive, not poetic enough to be beautiful for its own sake and not sharp enough to

“The Man Who Planted Trees” – a delightful puppet show at the Wallis – Los Angeles theater review


Now playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a charming puppet show that is super sweet as well as instructive. The Man Who Planted Trees  – from Scotland’s Puppet State Theatre Company — runs on weekends until October 19, 2014.
Based on French author Jean Giono’s 1953 environment-themed classic kids book,

Los Angeles Philharmonic – Beethoven concert review


It has been almost a year since I last attended a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Yesterday’s concert of Beethoven and John Adams reminds me (as if I needed reminding) that I really would enjoy going to see the Philharmonic more frequently. So much music, so little time!
The concert, conducted by Gustavo

FOUR SHOWS REMAIN – “Swan Lake” – Graeme Murphy and The Australian Ballet company’s sublime ballet – Los Angeles ballet dance review

Kevin Jackson & Madeleine Eastoe in Swan Lake - The Australian Ballet -

Astonishing. Breathtaking. Exhilarating. There probably are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe the The Australian Ballet company’s stunning rendition of Swan Lake, now playing at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion until Sunday October 12, 2014. The sublime production features a live orchestra comprised of local musicians but conducted by The Australian

“Magic Flute” – Isango Ensemble’s afrobeat version of Mozart’s fairytale opera – now at Broad Stage – Los Angeles theater opera review

Photo by Keith Pattison.

Joyful & exuberant — Isango Ensemble’s afrobeat version of Mozart’s fairytale opera The Magic Flute is a unique and beautiful experience. You will probably have never experienced anything like it before, and perhaps never will again — it’s that special.
Mozart’s masterpiece about love and redemption is boldly re-imagined in this exhilarating and uplifting opera.