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  • Review: Frederica von Stade is regal in 'A Coffin in Egypt'

    Review: Frederica von Stade is regal in 'A Coffin in Egypt'
    As an art form with a specialty in portraying madness from the inside, opera can provide vivid evidence of what it is like to lose one's mind. But Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera, "A Coffin in Egypt," which had its West Coast premiere Wednesday night at...
  • Kinetic Theory fosters young circus strengths in 'Dracula'

    Kinetic Theory fosters young circus strengths in 'Dracula'
    Kinetic Theory's theatrical take on Bram Stoker's "Dracula" brings the story a uniquely fitting supernatural flair. Dracula ascends a rope upside down. Vampire brides fold into hyper-extended balls and roll eerily toward the audience. Vampire hunters,...
  • Martha Graham Company comes home

    "It's little known that Los Angeles is the cradle of American modern dance, so if you start with Graham, you've served up the roots of the family tree and can go anywhere from there." Janet Eilber, talking by phone from New York, should know. The...
  • L.A. Opera's James Conlon takes on Verdi, Britten and a health scare

    L.A. Opera's James Conlon takes on Verdi, Britten and a health scare
    James Conlon had an increasingly perplexed expression on his face as he looked through a messy pile of books and manuscripts at his office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The conductor was searching for an essay he had written on composer Benjamin...
  • 'Two Boys' composer Nico Muhly digs online hoaxes, 'Law & Order: SVU'

    'Two Boys' composer Nico Muhly digs online hoaxes, 'Law & Order: SVU'
    NEW YORK — If classical music composer Nico Muhly had his way, his occupation would to the average person seem about as exotic as being a plumber. "I want it to feel the same relationship you'd have with your local butcher or neighborhood...
  • Review: Powerful 'Extreme Measures' is in moment with Chris Burden

    NEW YORK — Chris Burden's sculpture "The Other Vietnam Memorial" is not included in the compelling retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist's four-decade career, which fills all five floors at the New Museum here as well as the building's...
  • Review: '12 Angry Men,' cast in black and white, misses the gray

    Direct from the age of black-and-white television, Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men" has been redeployed to confront the issue of race relations. This Pasadena Playhouse production, which opened Sunday under the direction of artistic director Sheldon Epps,...
  • Theodore Bikel and Tevye, the perfect match

    Theodore Bikel and Tevye, the perfect match
    Sweeping statements are risky, but one can be made confidently about Theodore Bikel: No living actor's connection to a fictional character has been more lasting or deeply personal than his lifelong walk with Tevye the Dairyman. Bikel is 89. Three...
  • Review: 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' slyly upends fixed notions of life

     Review: 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' slyly upends fixed notions of life
    To judge by appearances, Catherine is a roaring success. A celebrated New York academic who still fits into her skinny jeans, she's dubbed the "hot doomsday chick" when she appears on Bill Maher's program. Riding high in her career, this...
  • Huge significance rolled into tiny Cyrus Cylinder at the Getty Villa

    The Cyrus Cylinder sits dramatically lighted behind glass at the center of a dimmed gallery at the Getty Villa. But the splendorous setting, including walls painted a deep royal blue, can't dispel the notion that this may be the homeliest object ever to...
  • L.A. Opera's unlikely — and unusual — 'The Magic Flute'

    L.A. Opera's unlikely — and unusual — 'The Magic Flute'
    In a bare rehearsal space downtown at the Music Center, a dozen or so people work through a scene in the dark. The only light comes from projected black-and-white animation flickering on the back wall of the stage — a nude fairy fluttering her wings...