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Arts, Public Spectacle The Groundings' New Show Is a '90s Throwback, and That's Mostly a Good Thing

The Groundings' New Show Is a '90s Throwback, and That's Mostly a Good Thing

Like most of the famed comedy troupe's shows, the content of Truth or Groundlings has almost zero to do with the sleepover game its title riffs on — and that's okay. Are there humiliations galore? Yes. Cringe-worthy revelations? You bet. Hilarity that will stay etched in your brain for the next...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>This American Life</i> Meets...Dance?

This American Life Meets...Dance?

Though Ira Glass has had numerous solo shows throughout the years and has taken his radio hour This American Life into theaters twice, his latest live performance may not seem an obvious choice to his fans. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, in which Glass stars along with dancers...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle East West Players' <i>Beijing Spring</i> Returns for 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

East West Players' Beijing Spring Returns for 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

A decade and a half after it first debuted, East West Players' sung-through musical Beijing Spring returns to the demonstrations at Tiananmen Square, this time with echoes of contemporary unrest in Ukraine and the Middle East. Directed by East West Players artistic director Tim Dang, who's also the show's lyricist,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Ajax in Iraq</i> Merges Greek Mythology With Sexual Assault in the Military (GO!)

Ajax in Iraq Merges Greek Mythology With Sexual Assault in the Military (GO!)

The Los Angeles premiere of Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble's Ajax in Iraq, directed and choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca, relies on an unusual conceit. Its framework is the classical tale of Ajax, the ancient Greek warrior overlooked by his commander who slaughtered a field of cattle and then turned...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Everything You Touch</i> at Boston Court Turns Women Into Objects  -  Literally (GO!)

Everything You Touch at Boston Court Turns Women Into Objects - Literally (GO!)

In Sheila Callaghan's new play, Everything You Touch, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, the hunger to be seen drives the narcissists and self-loathers creating and consuming high-end fashion during the disco era and today. In this co-production by the Theatre @ Boston Court and New York's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a 1970s designer...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle City Garage's <i>Bulgakov/Molière</i> Connects Two Famous Satirists

City Garage's Bulgakov/Molière Connects Two Famous Satirists

In the late 1920s, when Mikhail Bulgakov debuted Molière, or The Cabal of Hypocrites, his theatrical account of the French playwright's post-Tartuffe troubles, the Russian provocateur depended on audiences to recognize their own oppression under Stalin's regime in the 17th century satirist's struggle against religious hypocrisy and absolutism. Apparently, they...…
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Calendar, Archive Everything You Touch

Everything You Touch

In Sheila Callaghan's new play, Everything You Touch, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, the hunger to be seen drives the narcissists and self-loathers creating and consuming high-end fashion during the disco era and today. In this co-production by Theatre @ Boston Court and New York's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a 1970s designer...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Henry V</i> at Pacific Resident Theatre Is Bare-Bones but Delightful (GO!)

Henry V at Pacific Resident Theatre Is Bare-Bones but Delightful (GO!)

Adapted and directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, Pacific Resident Theatre's reboot of Henry V strips Shakespeare's romanticized spectacle of war down to its bare essentials. Staged in a railroad-wide theater, the opening unfolds disconcertingly like a rehearsal, with actors lounging about, joking, stretching, reviewing lines - until the script comes out...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle New Native American Play Feels Timely After Wooster Group Criticized for Using 'Redface'

New Native American Play Feels Timely After Wooster Group Criticized for Using 'Redface'

Watching the world premiere of Stand-Off at HWY #37, Vickie Ramirez's world premiere play at Native Voices of the Autry, it's difficult not to reflect on another portrayal of Native Americans that was just presented across town - the Wooster Group's production of Cry, Trojans! at REDCAT. That Troilus and Cressida adaptation (which...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Wooster Group's <i>Cry, Trojans!</i> Offers Little Insight on Shakespeare or Trojan War

Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans! Offers Little Insight on Shakespeare or Trojan War

One of Shakespeare's most difficult and unforgiving plays, Troilus and Cressida is rife with abrupt tone shifts, demoralizing characters and underwhelming plot twists. Jumping in halfway through the Trojan war, the play follows a pair of young lovers - Troilus, a Trojan prince, and Cressida, a Trojan maid whose father has abandoned...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle In Casa 0101's <i>A Cat Named Mercy</i>, a Young Woman Becomes an Angel of Death

In Casa 0101's A Cat Named Mercy, a Young Woman Becomes an Angel of Death

Opening on the heels of Belgium's passage last week of a bill permitting euthanasia without age restrictions, Josefina Lopez's new play A Cat Named Mercy could scarcely be timelier. Directed by Hector Rodriguez, it tackles big ideas like death and dying, suicide and sexual abuse, immigration and racism. But in...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Octavio Solis Wrote <i>Se Llama Cristina</i> to Ease His Fear of Becoming a Father (GO!)

Octavio Solis Wrote Se Llama Cristina to Ease His Fear of Becoming a Father (GO!)

In his playwright's note for Se Llama Cristina at Theatre @ Boston Court, Octavio Solis explains that he started the one act 20 years ago during his wife's pregnancy to purge himself of "night terrors" at the prospect of becoming a father. Two decades later, he rescued the unfinished script...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>An Iliad</em> at the Broad Stage: Denis O'Hare Performs a One-Man Epic (GO!)

An Iliad at the Broad Stage: Denis O'Hare Performs a One-Man Epic (GO!)

The  indefinite article shares top billing in Lisa Peterson and Tony award winner Denis O'Hare's mesmerizing adaptation of Homer's epic poem directed by Peterson and starring O'Hare. This isn't the Iliad, or, at least, not the only one. Picking up from Robert Fagles' authoritative translation, this version channels the urgency…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Is a Play About a Gay Baseball Player Still Timely? Of Course

Is a Play About a Gay Baseball Player Still Timely? Of Course

The new troupe Plus One Productions' debut restages Richard Greenberg's 2002 Broadway drama Take Me Out -- about an African-American baseball star who comes out of the closet -- for a black-box setting. The production's success owes more to its Tony Award–winning material than the uneven staging (illness forced a...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Silver Lake Residents Weigh In On Controversial Haunted House Shutdown

Silver Lake Residents Weigh In On Controversial Haunted House Shutdown

After our Nov. 13 article pointed to potentially unfounded neighborhood complaints as the main cause behind the closure of Delusion, some Silver Lake residents reached out to tell their side of the story. The article quoted Delusion creator and director Jon Braver saying that the Halloween attraction's early departure was...…
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Calendar, Archive By the Bog of Cats

By the Bog of Cats

CATS Euripides' Medea was a barbarian witch who helped her husband, Jason, claim the Golden Fleece, only to slay her children after he threw her over for a younger woman. Irish playwright Marina Carr's moody drama isn't a strict retelling but it conjures the essence and psychological complexities of the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Delusion's Haunted House Experience Closes Early After Its Silver Lake Neighbors Complain

Delusion's Haunted House Experience Closes Early After Its Silver Lake Neighbors Complain

Note: This article has one update and one correction, below. Delusion, the popular live-action, interactive Halloween attraction now in its third year, has closed for the season after its organizers were unable to renew its special event permits through the city. The creators were leasing space in Silver Lake's Pilgrim...…
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Calendar, Archive Cirque du Soleil's Totem

Cirque du Soleil's Totem

A digitally enhanced marsh forms the backdrop for Cirque du Soleil's latest big-top spectacular, a whimsical look at evolution that's more art than science. Directed by Robert Lepage (who also helmed Kà in Las Vegas), the show traces humanity's evolution from our simian ancestors to modern man. At opening, performers...…
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Calendar, Archive The Liar

The Liar

The anglophone update of Pierre Corneille's 17th-century comedy of manners Le Menteur is a spun confection of verbal sleight of hand, romantic trickery and dramatic derring-do. The real star is David Ives' script, a "translaptation" from the French into pentameter couplets, brought to vivid life by Antaeus' cast (there are...…
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Calendar, Archive Kin

Kin

In Bathsheba Doran's elliptical comedy-drama Kin, the title becomes shorthand for the people we save and those who redeem us. Sean (Grinnell Morris) is a personal trainer and Irish émigré; Anna (Melissa Collins) is a Columbia University adjunct who's just completed her first book, a bone-dry exegesis of Keatsian punctuation...…
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