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Chicago opera lovers are getting a "twofer" with this season's dark and compelling production of Puccini's 1900 political melodrama "Tosca." Originally created by British director John Caird for the Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and later revived for Los Angeles,…
I have a dream. I dream that some day I'll be able to walk into an opera house and not be faced with a production in which the stage director has imposed some sort of high concept on the piece…
With her fanciful play "Or," Liz Duffy Adams has reimagined the early Restoration period with a touch of James Bond, a dose of women's liberation and a heaping helping of pop sensibility and color. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble's production of…
James Baldwin dedicated his play “Blues for Mr. Charlie” to the memory of Medgar Evers and of the four girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing, all violent moments in the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s and '60s. Baldwin…
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:01

'Walking the Tightrope' at COCA is nicely balanced

Written by Laura Kyro
Los Angeles' 24th Street Theatre recently presented "Walking the Tightrope"—a little gem of a theatrical production—at COCA, the Center of Creative Arts in University City. The touring production was on site February 21–22, 2015.
If there's one thing Edward Albee knows, without equivocation, it is the darker side of intimacy. The deep cuts two people can inflict on each other, the way they keep jabbing at the same wounds, ensuring they never heal but…
The St. Louis Repertory Theatre's current production, "The Winslow Boy," by Terrence Rattigan, is, at its heart, a play about fatherly love, loyalty and social justice. The show is thoughtfully directed by Steven Woolf, and features fully engaged, well-developed performances…
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 20:58

Not very sweet Mr. Marmalade

Written by Bob Wilcox
Lucy is four years old. Her divorced mother works as a waitress. Lucy spends a lot of time alone.
Mustard Seed Theatre's current production is the world premier of local playwright Rob Maesaka's touching historic fiction, "White to Gray." The story intertwines interracial romance and ages-long battles between parents and their children with history. In particular, the show offers…
Yasmina Reza has crafted a wickedly funny, sharply pointed play that questions just how civilized we really are, as a society. The realistically absurd plot digs further, questioning the value of not allowing time and space for our more primitive…
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