As if being one of history's great, exotic femme fatales was not enough, pundits and historians recently began reconsidering Cleopatra's talents beyond the bedroom and acknowledging her underappreciated intelligence, political, organizational and management skills. In Cleopatra, CEO, L.A.'s site-specific maven Heidi Duckler has expanded on the legendary Egyptian's newfound leadership cred to consider Cleopatra as a corporate chief executive. With her ensemble of dancers, actors, singers and musicians, Duckler explores the intriguing possibilities of Cleopatra reigning from the corner office. As usual, the setting is as much a character as any performer and Cleopatra, CEO is distinctively L.A. downtown, performed on the 51st floor of the Paul Hastings Tower with the L.A. skyline as the backdrop. The opening-night gala includes the performance, drinks, dancing and a buffet (North African cuisine, of course). Paul Hastings, 515 S. Flower St., dwntwn.; Thurs., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11, 8 p.m.; thru Feb. 25; $40-$50, $100 Feb. 9 gala, $25 students Fri. shows only.

Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through Feb. 25, 2012

LA Weekly