10 months ago | Theater
Claudius is marrying his late brother’s wife, Gertrude, and you’re invited to their wedding. Outside Casa Romantica, a gorgeous old Spanish Colonial house overlooking San Clemente pier, an unctuous poser named Rosencrantz greets you. Entering the ...
11 months ago | Celebrities
Marilyn Forever sounds like the title of a campy revue at the Cavern Club, but Long Beach Opera’s production at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro is a morose meditation on stardom, sex and self-destruction. Unfortunately, this U.S. premiere ne...
1 year ago | Classical Music
Plenty of great composers moved to the United States, but does anyone have a more striking story of immigration than the French-born Edgard Varese? Hailed by his elders — including Debussy and Strauss — as Europe’s greatest young composer, with mo...
1 year ago | Theater
Bright Star is a slickly produced, well-cast musical with superb arrangements by August Eriksmoen, great playing from a bluegrass band augmented by strings, and two catchy numbers by the music writers, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. But there’s a...
1 year ago | Opera
If you Photoshop hipster glasses on Giacomo Puccini for your company’s logo — as Pacific Opera Project did — you’d better be able to do him justice when you produce his operas. Known for irreverently updating classics, POP has a new production of ...
2 years ago | Opera
It’s not a musical — there’s no dialogue between the songs. It’s not a traditional opera — there are no musical transitions from one emotional moment to the next. Composer John Adams calls I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky a “son...