| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:00 PM
What a betrayal.
That's what I kept thinking during the long, slow slog through rock 'n' roll cliché that is "We Will Rock You," the jukebox musical built around the songs of Queen that opened Wednesday night at the Ahmanson Theatre.
| Jul 20, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Imagine a huge canvas covered in human flesh and billowing cloth, combining Hieronymus Bosch's earthbound creatures with the angels of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment."
That was the vision as the curtain rose on "Surge," a jam-packed visual wonder created...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 11:51 AM
The spirit of summer fun — serious fun, defying expectations — rules "Dance for $9.99/D49." Produced by the Energizer bunny of local dance, the 41-year-old Chicago Moving Company, this second incarnation of the two-day festival again...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:55 PM
If you were to see the Shakespeare's Globe "Hamlet" in dusty South Sudan, or in the tiny nations of Tuvalu or Nauru, or on St. Kitts and Nevis (maybe both if the touchy latter island decides to execute its right to secede from its Caribbean twin), this...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Showbiz has been this route before: a man playing a woman who sports a stereotypical regional and class-specific accent, outrageous hair and accessories, and a wit wicked enough to keep the character airborne on continual gusts of laughter. Spasms, even....
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:36 PM
Renée Fleming has performed dozens of opera's leading roles in a professional career that has spanned three decades. This month, the soprano is trying something altogether new for her -- she's starring in a stage play.
The new role isn't actually such a...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony in New York, many of Broadway's biggest stars — and some of Hollywood's too — were on hand to tout the theater community's achievements from the 2013-14 season, which ended in May.
One milestone that didn't...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:45 AM
A thinly veiled satire of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch's tabloid newspaper empire, "Great Britain" is a play with a surfeit of topical relevance. The new stage drama by "One Man, Two Guvnors" playwright Richard Bean opened this...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Beyond his many accomplishments as a dramatist, author, humorist and all-around urban wit, David Ives can also lay claim to a reasonably good impression of Roman Polanski.
The lanky, owlish playwright was seated in a cramped coffee shop a few blocks...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The movie "Black Orpheus," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959 and an Academy Award for foreign-language film, will become a Broadway musical under the creative guidance of George C. Wolfe and playwright Lynn Nottage....
| Jun 21, 2014
| 11:00 AM
At the height of their fame, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons churned out a string of hit singles about a rag doll, a girl named Sherry and a particularly memorable night in late December, back in '63.
The team behind the stage musical "Jersey Boys"...