The best of Los Angeles theater this fall
How fitting to have one of opera's greatest singers performing in one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies of all time. Plácido Domingo plays Macbeth as James Conlon conducts the operatic rendition of this thriller. Witness Macbeth's rise and fall as he sheds his role of general to assume the title of King of Scotland, while becoming a tormented murderer in the process. Ekaterina Semenchuk plays the manipulative Lady Macbeth during this new production sung to Verdi's hauntingly moving score.
The Ahmanson Theatre is opening their special 50th anniversary season with the Olivier Award-winning production of A View From the Bridge. Experience Eddie Carbone's explosive and palpable jealousy as he can no longer control his obsession for Catherine, his 17-year-old niece, when she falls in love with the Italian immigrant who is new to town. This emotional drama comes from Arthur Miller.
One of the Southland’s great classical repertory companies takes on the extraordinary playwright Tom Stoppard’s 1993 romantic look at our never-ending curiosity and quest for knowledge. It takes place in a country home in England, some characters living in the early 19th century, others in the present. Science, art and romance blend in an entrancing play for the epistemology nerd in all of us. Directed by Geoff Elliott.
This aptly timed world premiere satire by Jon Robin Baitz follows a tailor who is struggling to serve a real estate tycoon/reality TV star who decides to run for president—and actually becomes a major party's nominee. It won't take audiences to use their imagination much as the election spirals out of control, forcing both the tailor and his apprentice to rethink their roles as image-makers for the man. As the theater is promoting it, this show "offers a unique opportunity for a play to participate in our nation’s political discourse as it unfolds."
This glam-rock musical spins the travails of East German singer-songwriter Hansel (Darren Criss), who falls in love with an American soldier and becomes Hedwig after a botched sex-change operation—only to find herself stranded and abandoned in Kansas City. This is framed and followed by a rock 'n' roll odyssey of self-discovery sprinkled with ample humor and gender politics. The songs by Stephen Trask are glam-rock gold, with foot-stompers such as “Tear Me Down” and gorgeous, thoughtful works such as “Wicked Little Town” and “Origin of Love.”
In this tender play by David Henry Hwang, inspired by Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly and inspired by true events, a French diplomat falls in love with the star of the Peking Opera and has an affair for decades. Then he discovers that she is a man. The show explaores the role illusion plays in perceptions and the whether people are ever able to truly know another person. The play won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
This family drama is more has been called one of the funniest comedies of the year. The O'Mallery family has had enough of their drug-addicted sister Zippity Boom who arrives to their family barbecue strung-out. The family decides to confront her, which only triggers a new fuse that offers a warped look into the American family. Written by Robert O'Hara and directed by Colman Domingo.
This premiere follows two brothers, both of whom are musicians. One, Eric, is a classical pianist and a Christian, the other, Bilal, is a jazz bassist and Muslim. When Bilal is accused of being a terrorist and jailed while awaiting trial, Eric tries to stay connected by pushing aside his own classical aspirations in order to learn his brother's jazz style. Separated by prison bars and religion, the brothers use music to stay connected. As the trial progresses, Eric struggles to decide if he believes the charges against his older brother, or if they are false accusations.
August Wilson, the legendary American playwright who crafted 10 magnificent plays about the African-American experience during each decade of the 20th century, takes on the 1920s at an ego-fueled, ultimately tragic music-recording session in Chicago, where upstarts and old lions, artists and technicians battle it out. Phylicia Rashad, widely admired for her helming of Wilson works, directs this production, which stars Greg Bryan, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Damon Gupton, Matthew Henerson, Nija Okoro, Lamar Richardson, Ed Swidey, Glynn Turman, and Lillias White.
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