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“The Trip to Bountiful” – Los Angeles theater review

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

A sweet play that captures an era that feels so far away, so long gone, Horton Foote’s American masterpiece The Trip to Bountiful is a theatrical treat. Set in the 40s, the gentle story focusses on an elderly woman Mrs. Carrie Watts (Cicely Tyson) who lives in a cramped, two-room tenement apartment in Houston with

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Angélique Kidjo to perform Valley Performing Arts Center – Los Angeles concert report

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 “For me, the audience is a huge part of a concert.” — Angélique Kidjo.
Grammy-winning African songstress Angélique Kidjo and acclaimed Brooklyn-based world beat octet Red Baraat will perform together at California State University Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Although it’s tempting to call this a one-of-kind musical

Yvonne Rainer: Two Works – presented at the Getty Center – Los Angeles dance performance review

Assisted Living: Do you have any money?, Yvonne Rainer, 2013. Performers, left to right: Patricia Hoffbauer, Emmanuèlle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, Pat Catterson, Keith Sabado, and Emily Coates. Photo by Ian Douglas.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and Performa have commissioned a new piece by avant-garde choreographer Yvonne Rainer (American, born. 1934). On October 3 and 4, 2014, the Getty will present the performances of the in-progress work The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?

Open Mic Night – The Eclectic Company Theatre – Los Angeles theater performance report

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ONE NIGHT ONLY!
The Eclectic Company Theatre presents An Eclectic Open Mic Night, produced by Meghan McConnell.
Get up and do your thing at Mix Tape, whatever your performing specialty is. Each act will have the floor for seven minutes. Anything goes!
To reserve tickets or sign up for a performing slot, e-mail here.

“Marjorie Prime” – Los Angeles theater review

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

A terrible play, and depressing as well, playwright Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime is set in a not-too-distant future and imagines a world where sophisticated robots have been fashioned as human companions.
Harrison’s one-act drama doesn’t really have a plot — it’s more of a character study. We see a series of scenes within which certain