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City Ballet of Los Angeles presents “Nutcracker” – Los Angeles dance report

Photo courtesy of City Ballet of Los Angeles.

One thing is for sure: Los Angeles is not now, nor has it ever been, renowned for its whole-hearted support for the artistic world of ballet. A shame, for outsider dance is very much appreciated when it deigns to travel to our world-of-film and small-theater environment.
But there are sputterings of excellence here from those

“Luna Gale” – Los Angeles theater review

Photo credit:  Craig Schwartz / Center Theatre Group.

It’s not often that the abrupt extinguishing of stage lights at the end of Act One elicits an audible and nervous gasp from the audience, but that’s what happened when the plot of Luna Gale took an interesting trajectory. What unfolds, and is resolved, in Act Two leads us through tense moments and unexpected turns.

Newest theater review for Stage Raw – “Into The Woods” – Los Angeles theater review

Photo Courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Here’s my newest review for Stage Raw.
Into The Woods
What follows the ‘happily ever after’ conclusion of most fairy tales? That’s what Sondheim examines in Into The Woods, his sophisticated musical composed expressly for adults (rather than for children). First staged in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and presented

“Into the Woods” – Los Angeles theater review

ITW -Royer Bockus as Rapunzel and Miriam A Laube as The Witch - Photo by Kevin Parry

Steven Sondheim’s masterpiece of intelligent writing (music and lyrics), Into The Woods, has been given a substantial production by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and imported to the Wallis Complex in Beverly Hills. Using the original orchestrations of long-time Sondheim co-creator Jonathan Tunick, stage director/musical director Amanda Dehnert has cast it fiercely and starts it off

“Florencia en el Amazonas” – stunning production by LA Opera – Los Angeles opera review

Soprano Veronica Villarroel as Florencia Grimaldi. (Photo: Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera)

Evocative and dreamy — three performances remain for Florencia en el Amazonas, the stunning and romantic modern opera composed by Daniel Catán, with a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain. The conductor is Grant Gershon. This fresh, new opera was first staged in 1996 but is rich with mellifluous melodies and romantic themes worthy of (the 19th