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How a gift store find led to the creation of ‘Shout Sister Shout!’ at Pasadena Playhouse

By Michelle Mills|

‘Rhinoceros’ makes its point at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice

How can people be rhinoceroses? Ask that in the literal and figurative senses and you have Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 landmark play, “Rhinoceros.” The Romanian-French playwright wrote it in response to politics in his native Roma...

By Dany Margolies|

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  • Dance

    Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Dance Company brings tragic love story to L.A.

    What happens after the curtain falls? Contemporary dance company Shaping Sound is exploring that question in its newest show, “After the Curtain,” an “eclectic mash-up” of art forms. “It has the drama of an opera, the story line of a ballet and the visual magic of Cirque du Soleil,” says Travis Wall, the 29-year-old “So You Think You Can Dance” 2015 Emmy Award-winning choreographer and artistic director of the

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Plays

    3–D Theatricals brings electrifying new life to ‘Oklahoma!’

    Will the farmer and the cowman ever be friends? Maybe only in the theater. The South Bay’s eminent musical theater production company 3–D Theatricals has been promising a “re-imagined” version of “Oklahoma!” First produced on Broadway in 1943, with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the work long ago upended theater with its groundbreaking storytelling. Now, director T.J. Dawson makes good on his...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    There’s much to be proud of in ‘The Pride’ at the Wallis in Beverly Hills

    Whether or not you’re struggling with the current political configuration, one thing is clear: Most homosexuals are more widely accepted today than in the 1950s. The secrecy and repression of previous centuries, the unhappy marriages for “show,” the lives lived less than truthfully are no longer a universal way of life — at least for now. Alexi Kaye Campbell makes this point beautifully in “The Pride,” his 2008 play at the Wallis in Beverly...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Plays

    ‘Crimes of the Heart’ in Long Beach shows playwright Beth Henley at her best

    “Crimes of the Heart” offers vintage Beth Henley, exploring themes she would later revisit. A Chekhovian portrait of three small-town Mississippi sisters circa 1974, Henley’s first professionally produced play, is popular for its choice female roles. “Crimes” isn’t so much a character study as a lovingly adorned family album, its script spanning an emotional spectrum anchored by familial tensions at one end, private in-jokes at the...

    By Eric Marchese|

  • Entertainment

    ‘Conduct of Life,’ at LA’s Rosenthal Theater, shrewdly examines human cruelty

    In days gone by, people made names for themselves by doing something useful for society. María Irene Fornés wrote plays that broke old rules, broke barriers and taught something, whether to other playwrights or to audiences. Though she was a leader of the off-off-Broadway movement in the 1960s, the Southland knows her better from her establishing role in the also legendary Padua Hills Playwrights group and festival. Now, her 1985 play, “The Conduct of...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    Exploring race relations and social issues, ‘Oklahoma!’ gets a fresh look from L.A.’s 3-D Theatricals

    Known for putting its unique twist on musicals and plays, Los Angeles-based company 3-D Theatricals is getting back to the root of the story in the musical that set the standard for the genre with the company’s production of “Oklahoma!” “If you feel you have seen ‘Oklahoma!’ before, you have never ever seen it done this...

    Richard Guzman
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  • Entertainment

    La Mirada’s ‘Man of La Mancha’ revival is as emotionally potent as ever

    “Man of La Mancha” sparked interest in author Miguel de Cervantes’ fabled character Don Quixote while giving birth to the immortal song “The Impossible Dream.” The 1965 musical originally starred Rex Harrison in the triple roles of Cervantes, Quixote and elderly squire Alonso Quijano — but the musical demands of Mitch Leigh’s score proved too heavy for the British star. Considering Harrison’s trademark sterling diction,...

    By Eric Marchese|

  • Animated television

    Where to get a taste of ‘Bob’s Burgers Live!’ in LA

    “The Simpsons” have long been America’s animated sweethearts Sunday nights on Fox. But their neighbors, “Bob’s Burgers,” are giving them some competition. “Bob’s Burgers Live!” — a partnership between Bento Box Entertainment show creator Loren Bouchard’s Wilco...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Musical theater

    ‘Book of Mormon’ star says cursing in front of his pastor dad is ‘a blast every time’

    Gabe Gibbs, 24, is starring onstage as the handsome, all-American missionary Elder Price in the national tour of “The Book of Mormon.” The show, with performances through July 9 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, is the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Plays

    ‘The Physicists’ gets a revival at Hollywood Fringe

    The murder of two nurses brings a detective to a sanitorium where he discovers three delusional men. Two of them believe they’re the scientists Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, while the other claims that he speaks to the biblical King Solomon. But are they truly insane? Don’t bet on it. “The Physicists,” currently on stage at Sacred Fools Theater on select dates through June 23 as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is a revival of the...

    Sandra Barrera
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