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A fun & frothy romp – “The Liar” at Antaeus – Los Angeles theater review

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Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

David Ives’ dazzling translation of Pierre Corneille’s farcical play by (first performed in 1644) is vividly brought to life by two casts at Antaeus. Here follows a review of the ‘Tangerines’ cast.

There is so much fun to be had with this hilariously sexy play. The language is so fresh and lively – and in rhyming verse, no less – that you almost can’t believe you are hearing a translation from 17th Century French, complete with silly puns and in-joke references to Molière and Shakespeare.

The story itself is a classic comedy of errors / mistaken identity nonsense that resolves happily by the end.

Set in the houses and public gardens of high society Paris, circa 1643, we meet Dorante (Nicholas D’Agosto) a compulsive fabulist whose elaborate lies get him deeper and deeper into trouble with his wealthy father Geronte (Peter Van Norden). After meeting two women, Clarice and Lucrece, in the royal Tuileries gardens in the heart of Paris, Dorante decides to woo Clarice (Kate Maher), mistaking her for Lucrece (Joanna Strapp). He employs a witty valet Cliton (Rob Nagle) to assist him with his quest. Cliton is impressed with his new master’s skills for improvisatory invention, given he has “…a tragic flaw—I cannot tell a lie!” Meanwhile, Cliton attempts to woo the ladies’ identical twin servants Isabelle and Sabine (Gigi Bermingham) and Dorante is unaware that Clarice is secretly promised to his swaggeringly comical best friend Alcippe (Bo Foxworth).

Above all, the actors seem so comfortable in their roles. It’s clear they all had sufficient rehearsal to be able to forget the mechanics and the complicated text and just have fun with their performances. D’Agosto as Dorante is super-charming and brash, also cocky, glib, witty and cheeky—lunging at every moment and interaction as a challenge to “finesse.” It’s a superb performance.

Director Casey Stangl enlisted her design team to concoct a two-level dingy nightclub set (by Keith Mitchell) and ‘Goth-rock’ inspired costuming (by Angela Balogh Calin)—all black on black—and, married with François-Pierre Couture’s lighting design, it all serves the play very well.

Do not miss this production!

 

Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

The Liar by Pierre Corneille, adapted by David Ives.

Performances:

Thursdays @ 8 pm: Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21 (dark Nov. 28)

Fridays @ 8 pm: Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Saturdays @ 2 pm: Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (no matinee on Oct. 5 or 12)

Saturdays @ 8 pm: Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sundays @ 2 pm: Oct. 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24; Dec 1

ANTAEUS THEATER


5112 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood CA, 91601

(1½ bocks south of Magnolia)

PARKING:

$7 in the lot at 5125 Lankershim Blvd. (west side of the street), just south of Magnolia.

TICKETS:

Thursdays and Fridays: $30.00

Saturdays and Sundays: $34.00

(818) 506-1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTENDED: “Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension” – theater review for LA Weekly – Los Angeles theater

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

 

::STOP PRESS::

Extended by popular demand for two weekends:


FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS @  11:00pm

SEPTEMBER 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2013.

 

Greetings Earthlings! This theater review for the LA Weekly is of the hilarious retro sci-fi romp “Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension,” now playing at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in NoHo.

We gave it a ‘GO’!

 

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

A nicely acted, crisply directed and neatly written piece of 1950s sci-fi comedy, featuring nearly naked, green-painted, go-go-dancing space aliens — what’s not to love?! Playwright Matthew Sklar stars as Captain Dan Dixon in his creature-feature retro romp through space. Panels of switches, buttons and analog meters signify the interior of a spacecraft as he and his crew of seven rockets into the fifth dimension, causing a purring, whirring sextet of moth-like minxes to materialize.

Clad in teeny, gold-lamé hot pants, white go-go boots and pasties, the jiggling, shimmying erotic powers of the Vulvulans gradually infect the brains of almost all on board. The only person apparently immune is Dr. Canigulus (incisively portrayed by Jonica Patella), the ship’s brainiac — thanks to her massive, mutant cerebellum. It’s up to her to decipher the true intentions of these insectile invaders.

To read the remainder of this review, go to the LA Weekly’s theater page and scroll down.

 

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.

Continues through Sept. 28, 2013.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre,

4850 Lankershim Blvd.,

North Hollywood,

818-202-4120.

 

 

 

 

 

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension” – theater review for LA Weekly – Los Angeles theater

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Greetings Earthlings! This week’s theater review for the LA Weekly is of the hilarious retro sci-fi romp “Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension,” now playing at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in NoHo.

We gave it a ‘GO’!

Click here to go to the LA Weekly’s theater page and scroll down to read it.

~ OR ~

You can just read it here!!

Happy reading!

 

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

A nicely acted, crisply directed and neatly written piece of 1950s sci-fi comedy, featuring nearly naked, green-painted, go-go-dancing space aliens — what’s not to love?! Playwright Matthew Sklar stars as Captain Dan Dixon in his creature-feature retro romp through space. Panels of switches, buttons and analog meters signify the interior of a spacecraft as he and his crew of seven rockets into the fifth dimension, causing a purring, whirring sextet of moth-like minxes to materialize.

Clad in teeny, gold-lamé hot pants, white go-go boots and pasties, the jiggling, shimmying erotic powers of the Vulvulans gradually infect the brains of almost all on board. The only person apparently immune is Dr. Canigulus (incisively portrayed by Jonica Patella), the ship’s brainiac — thanks to her massive, mutant cerebellum. It’s up to her to decipher the true intentions of these insectile invaders.

Sebastian Muñoz directs his cast of 14 extremely well; all have fun with the rapid-fire ’50s lingo, playing the trashy, B-movie sexploitation tone straight without overly camping it up. Jeri Batzdorff and Corey Zicari (also a blond-wigged moth slut) created skimpy costumes for the babes and Star Trek-inspired suits for the crew. R. Benjamin Warren devised the clever props. Gloria Baraquio is great as Urania, the ship’s android and captain’s concubine, unhappily ousted by statuesque moth leader Empress Syphla (a sexy and sinister Katherine Canipe).

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.

Continues through Sept. 14.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre,

4850 Lankershim Blvd.,

North Hollywood,

818-202-4120.

 

 

 

 

 

“Paper & Pulp” – new group art exhibition at Cella Gallery – Los Angeles art report

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Opening Saturday, July 27, Cella Gallery is pleased to present Paper & Pulp—a group exhibit featuring collage and cut-paper work by the following artists:

L. Croskey, Ashley Fisher, Karen Kang and Dani Vinokurov;

screen-printing by Paul D’Elia;

drawings and paintings by Tom Haubrick, Sunny Jinn, Macsorro and Wiley Wallace;

and a special interactive installation by Ariel Deandrea.

Paper & Pulp champions the humble and often overlooked medium of paper.  With its multifarious uses, forms, textures, sizes and strengths, paper is one of the most versatile and utilized mediums for artists of almost every discipline. Whether used for jotting down ideas and sketching out preliminary drawings, or creating a finished masterpiece of great detail and depth, paper remains indispensable, even under the shadow of the computer.  Paper’s inherent delicacy, creates an intimacy for the artist and in turn the viewer.  So, whether it is drawn upon, painted, dyed, torn, cut, folded or glued—paper is something special.

Opening night will include a special Paper Crane Origami workshop with Ariel Deandrea (pictured).

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For the duration of the show a portion of the gallery will be dedicated to the CELLA GALLERY STORE.  The store will feature a selection of limited edition artist prints and original works, books, mags and tees. Also available with be Limited Edition giclée prints by Tara McPherson (below).

Tara McPherson

Paper & Pulp

Cella Gallery

11135 Weddington Street, #112

North Hollywood CA 91601

Opening Reception with many of the Artists in attendance

Saturday, July 27, 2013

7—11 PM

Art exhibition runs until August 23, 2013.

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday, 11am—5pm, or anytime by appointment.

Email.

Phone:  213-291-7908

 

 

 

 

 

HealthyCA, NoHo – Exquisite salads, sandwiches and meals – Los Angeles cafe review

Photo by Pauline Adamek.

Photo by Pauline Adamek.

 

Isn’t it crazy when someone tells you about a fantastic lunch place in your area and you find out that it has been quietly operating for several years?

Open weekdays, healthyca on Lankershim in NoHo is hands-down my all-time favorite lunch place in the East Valley.

healthyca (FYI – it’s pronounced health-i-ka) serves exactly the kind of food I’ve been dreaming about for so long; healthy, delicious and affordable.

Chef Maki’’s abundant menu is heavy on vegetarian options as well as offering several meat selections. He uses high quality, mostly organic ingredients and produce –- even the salmon is wild caught. The almost sinfully delectable homemade dressings, sauces and spreads are made daily. In Maki’’s kitchen they don’’t use preservatives or butter; just exquisite oils, vinegars and herbs.

Averaging around $9.24-9.50 (NB – the Grilled Salmon Salad is $10.95), the boxed salads may seem pricey, but they certainly are plentiful. More than just a full meal, you may even find yourself eating half of it for lunch the next day. I did, and still found mine fresh, crisp and tasty. Two persons can definitely share the salad combo and feel completely satisfied.

There are eleven different salad combinations to choose from – including SOUTHWESTERNMEDITERRANEAN SOYCHILLED ORIENT – but I just can’’t seen to graduate from my favorite -– ALBACORE tuna salad with roasted beets, creamy white cannellini beans, slices of hard-boiled egg and red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onions (I sometimes substitute grilled onions), tasty little black nicoise olives — all presented on a bed of greens scented with tarragon.

All the salads come with a little pot of an additional gourmet salad, including quinoa (my fave), herbed rice and an exciting wild rice medley full of tiny diced ingredients and plump grains.

Add to all that a pot of dressing from the list of ten, such as non-fat basil, oriental, chipotle, delicious lemon-olive oil or –- my favorite –- a stunning low-fat citrus dressing.

Once presented and consumed, this beautifully balanced salad is huge on the ‘WOW’ factor. Quite simply, anyone who is weary of salads needs to come to healthyca. You will fall in love with their fantastic flavors.

Also on the menu – —hot and cold sandwiches (choose from nine); half a dozen hot meals (all approx $12.00) and also fresh juices and smoothies.


***Only open weekdays***

Eat in, take out, delivery ($15.00 minimum order) and custom catering -

 ***  – healthyca has it all covered ***

Sandwich Review:

Okay, I don’t usually get excited about sandwiches. They’re not really my… thing. It’s not that I avoid bread or anything, it’s just that I tend to prefer my carbs in pasta form, or as roasted or fried potatoes. So you’ve gotta appreciate it when I go nuts about this new sandwich I tried. It was Oh. My. God.

Portobello Mushroom ($9.24) on home whole wheat ciabatta (i.e. baked in-house, gentle readers) with beets, chevre, walnuts, roasted tomato (with a bit of a spicy kick!), black olive tapenade, lettuce and I sub’d grilled onion instead of raw red onion.

The complex flavor profile and combination of this heavenly sandwich was just a knockout. It was so damn good, I went back and got it again the very next day they were open (Monday). Like I said, I don’t go for sandwiches very often…

Photo by Pauline Adamek.

Photo by Pauline Adamek.

healthyca
4724 Lankershim Blvd,

(north of Riverside and just south of Camarillo)
North Hollywood, CA 91602

Hours:

Monday — Friday – 10am-5pm
Delivery hours – 11am-3pm  ($15 minimum order)
(818) 505-1035
(818) 050-1037 fax

 

::NOTA BENE::

It’s really an industrial kitchen, but they do have a handful of tables and chairs, some on the street in the sun, so you can eat there…

But I think it’s best to call in your order and get it to go.

That way your leftovers (tomorrow’s lunch!) is already boxed.