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L.A. Opera Lovingly Revives Cátan’s Journey on the Amazon
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L.A. Opera Lovingly Revives Cátan’s Journey on the Amazon

When Mexican composer Daniel Cátan’s Florencia en el Amazonas was first presented by L.A. Opera in 1997, it was newsworthy as the first Spanish-language opera to be commissioned by major American companies (Houston and L.A. among them). Inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, the opera was fêted for its groundbreaking marriage of Latin American culture and a decidedly traditional, Puccini-esque score. Seventeen years later (and three years after the sudden death of the young composer), L.A. Opera revives the piece, again under the passionate direction of Francesca Zambello, in a sumptuous production that reveals both the opera’s great pleasures and its potential pitfalls.
Theater Review: The Importance of Being Earnest
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Theater Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

(Photo By Teena Pugliese) The Importance of Being EarnestLet Live Theatre through June 22 A new theatre company called Queer Classics lives up to its name with its unabashedly gay adaptation of the classic Oscar Wilde farce The Importance of Being Earnest, premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. As with most of Wilde’s plays, there […]
Theater Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Theater Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Pantages Theatre | 6233 Hollywood Blvd,, Los Angeles.Through June 22 | hollywoodpantages.com* * * * Former American Idol contestants and married couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo headline Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s classic and sassy Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sort of a Jesus Christ Superstar-lite, it centers on Joseph’s rise to being the second most […]
Theater Reviews: Holding The Man, 110 In The Shade, Thaïs
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Theater Reviews: Holding The Man, 110 In The Shade, Thaïs

Holding The ManAustralian Theatre Company at the Matrix Theatre | Through June 29* * * * * Aussies have descended upon Hollywood in a big way. At the Matrix Theatre, producers Nick Hardcastle, Nate Jones and Mike Abramson have launched the ambitious new Australian Theatre Company with the Los Angeles premiere of playwright Tommy Murphy’s […]
Theater Reviews: Porgy & Bess, Fat Pig
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Theater Reviews: Porgy & Bess, Fat Pig

PORGY AND BESSAhmanson Theatre | Through June 1****The controversial 2011 Broadway revival of the classic folk opera The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess has arrived on the West Coast. The story takes place in the late ‘30s in an area of South Carolina called Catfish Row. It centers on a disabled man, Porgy (Nathaniel Stampley), who […]
Theater Review: Into the Woods
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Theater Review: Into the Woods

Into the WoodsPlummer Auditorium, 210 E.Chapman Ave., FullertonThrough May 18, 3DTshows.com* * * Stephen Sondheim fans who are eagerly awaiting Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical Into the Woods, opening this Christmas, can get an early fairy-tale fix (no euphemism intended) in an ambitious Orange County rendition of the stage hit. 3-D […]
Theater Reviews: Doctor Anonymous, L.A. Deli
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Theater Reviews: Doctor Anonymous, L.A. Deli

(Photos by Ed Kreiger) Doctor AnonymousZephyr Theatre | 7456 Melrose Ave., Hlywd.Through May 4 | plays411.com/doctor* * * * The new play Doctor Anonymous by Guy Fredrick Glass has moments of brilliance, but it can’t quite reach the heights of its historical brethren. Set in 1972, the story uses the dawn of gay pride in […]
Theater Reviews: Harmony, Slowgirl
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Theater Reviews: Harmony, Slowgirl

HarmonyAhmanson Theatre | 135 N. Grand Ave., DTLAThrough April 13 | centertheatregroup.org ***** Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony is one of the most thrilling and moving pieces of theater to come along in years, the true story of six men who form a singing group in Germany right before World War II. While they […]

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