Theatre

We Live On

Barnyard custodian Harry Locker posts aspirational poetry on the outhouse walls. People are homeless, penniless too. Many are starving or close to it. Chocolate squares and corn flakes don’t cut it as dinner. A naked fan dancer swathed in feathers crashes an elite fundraiser on a horse. It makes the front page of a Hearst …

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Melissa Center is…Marrying Jake Gyllenhaal

Artists make Art — especially now. We’re especially proud to share this Crowdfund of the Week, because it is fun, funny, and all about the persistence of theatre and theatre-makers. Actor and playwright Melissa Center tells the story (hilariously) on the project’s Seed&Spark page. Her play got audience raves, was pointed toward the Edinburgh Festival, …

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Unstoppable and In Solidarity: WOMEN AT WORK

The Roots and Wings Project Founder/Creative Director Jesse Bliss and the California Arts Council Cultural Pathways Grant Present WOMEN AT WORK, a transformative works-in-progess experience that brings forth new stories from powerhouse writers. WOMEN AT WORK is an innovative evening of truth finding the way to light through tales being birthed and realized by women …

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Tafadzwa Muzondo Curates the Inaugural Zimbabwe Human Rights Festival

Machipisa in Highfeilds is a paradoxical African high density suburb in Zimbabwe. It gave birth to the both iconic song maestros and political heavyweights inclusive of the late George Nyandoro, Enos Nkala. Robert Mugabe, the late nationalist and former long serving president of Zimbabwe, resided in Highfeilds before his long trip to Mozambican jungles to …

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Figaro Delivers Sweet Singing, Drawing-Room Comedy

San Francisco Opera just opened a handsome new production of The Marriage of Figaro, and it’s an energetic take on Mozart’s classic 1786 comedy. The story is both simple and incredibly convoluted. Figaro, (Michael Sumuel), a footman in the household of Count Almaviva (Levente Molnar), wants to marry the beautiful servant girl Susanna (Jeanine De …

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Luminous Streets, an Immersive Theatrical Tour of DTLA

The Roots and Wings Project returns to DTLA, joining forces with the California Arts Council to Present LUMINOUS STREETS, an immersive theatrical tour of DTLA centering on women’s survival and pursuit of justice. Leading female writers developed new works that speak to the fight for basic human rights, exploring the ways women are treated when …

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MATRIARCH: “She’s Wide Awake Shining Light

The Roots and Wings Project Founder/Creative Director Jesse Bliss and the California Arts Council Cultural Pathways Grant present MATRIARCH, a transformative theatre experience that demands justice for women. MATRIACH is an unorthodox and intersectional exploration of the roles women play in a patriarchal society and the urgent need to transform the dynamic. In a time …

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Critical Thanking

Susan Loewenberg, the longtime producer of L.A. Theatre Works, interviewed me recently about playwright Neil Simon, whose play, California Suite, she was about to focus on for audio distribution. After talking about Simon, the conversation drifted into other territory, including what it’s like to be a theatre critic. Since this year marks my 50th year covering …

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The Secret City Returns to LA

The Secret City, the Obie Award-winning arts organization that presents community celebrations of everyday creative life, joyously returns to Los Angeles at the Ford Theatres on Sunday, October 14 at 12:00pm. Part ceremony, part salon, part show, each gathering has a different theme and an ever-changing roster of artists and performers. In addition to seats …

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