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English-Spanish 'Aladdin' opens a whole new world for the dual-language family musical

last monthArts : Culture Monster

Aladdin speaks only English. Princess Jasmine speaks only Spanish. The divide is the work of the evil Jafar, though the antagonist accidentally enables Rajah the tiger and Abu the monkey to later act as comedic translators for the star-crossed lovers. Disney’s popular musical “Aladdin” will get...

This is what 'Pop' looks like: Orange County museum draws lines between art and design

last monthArts : Culture Monster

If someone says "Pop art," Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup cans or Roy Lichtenstein's comic-bookish paintings may immediately come to mind, but a new exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art pushes deeper, looking at the influence of the movement on furniture, architecture and graphic and industrial...

L.A. theater openings, Jan. 15-22: 'God Bliss (In the Name of Semelah)' at REDCAT and more

last monthArts : Culture Monster

This week: Indonesian shadow theater at REDCAT, five short plays by Samuel Beckett at the Odyssey, and Segerstrom’s Off-Center Festival continues. Chapatti Two animal lovers in Dublin connect in Christian O’Reilly’s romantic comedy. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Sun.,...

With a magnificent Piano Spheres recital, Mark Robson resonates in the new year

last monthArts : Culture Monster

With bells strapped to his fingers and Stockhausen on his piano’s music stand, Mark Robson ceremoniously rang in a new year for the Piano Spheres series at REDCAT on Tuesday night. His right hand, the one wearing bells, was devoted to sending the keyboard’s highest notes into rapid pulsation. The...

Looking at how culture shaped Standing Rock - and how Standing Rock may shape art and protest

last monthArts : Culture Monster

This week, the Times published a stunning collection of essays that examines how our systems of culture — from Hollywood to book publishing to the music industry — have contended with the issues of our time: Race, ethnicity, politics, social class and gender.  I’m happy to have contributed a report...

Frank Gehry's $1-billion downtown project could finally be a go after a Chinese builder's $290-million investment

last monthArts : Culture Monster

For more than a decade, the prospect that another Frank Gehry development might rise across from the architect’s signature Walt Disney Concert Hall has tantalized downtown Los Angeles. Now, the elaborate commercial and residential development designed by Gehry could finally get off the ground after...

Review: In postwar L.A., youth style intersected with social justice

last monthArts : Culture Monster

Style is content in the big, loose-limbed yet engaging exhibition "Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes From Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943-2016." A rough sketch rather than a fully finished picture, it nonetheless touches many provocative bases. The show is at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East...

Gordon Davidson tribute recalls the humane heart of Los Angeles theater

last monthArts : Culture Monster

Center Theatre Group’s tribute to Gordon Davidson on Monday night at the Ahmanson reminded us of the gentleness of this theater giant. Playwright Luis Valdez gave a rousing speech in which he placed the work of Gordon, who died Oct. 2 at 83, at the center of the American project. Public Theater...

The one-man musical 'The Lion' leaps to the L.A. stage with songs of regret and hope

last monthArts : Culture Monster

I spent much of “The Lion,” singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man musical at the Geffen Playhouse, inwardly commiserating with my twentysomething self. She hung out in so many coffee shops all those years ago, strung out on caffeine and poetry slams, waiting in vain for someone exactly like...

Minimalist music groundbreaker Terry Riley plays among buffalo, peacocks and a wet platypus at MOCA's Geffen

last monthArts : Culture Monster

When Philippe Vergne became the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014, he said he considered performance as “essential” to MOCA’s mission as it had originally been, before losing currency under other directors. Vergne also insisted he would not be rushed in any of his plans for...

Bramwell Tovey and Ray Chen deliver fun and fire for fans at Disney Hall

last monthArts : Culture Monster

Walt Disney Concert Hall looked almost full Thursday night, suggesting that some of Bramwell Tovey’s loyal Hollywood Bowl following may have followed him to downtown L.A. for his gig there with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The irrepressible Tovey didn’t disappoint those who  await his witty remarks,...

Meet your Aaron Burr, sir: Casting announced for national tour of 'Hamilton'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The national tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton” revealed its cast Thursday: Two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will play Aaron Burr, Michael Luwoye will be Alexander Hamilton and former “Book of Mormon” star Rory O’Malley will assume the role of King George III, producer...

Adapting August Wilson: How his play 'Fences' became a movie (and why so much of his work hasn't)

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When August Wilson received word in 2005 that he had inoperable Stage IV cancer, he was not just personally but professionally disconsolate: There was still so much work to do.  At 60, the African American playwright had accomplished enough for a dozen lifetimes, completing the canon of 10 black-oriented...

Art's red pill: An appreciation of critic John Berger

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

In high school, I had a social studies teacher who would occasionally scrap California’s curriculum mandates to do things like screen films about Latin American coups and African parasites. It was in this context that I first came across the work of English art critic John Berger, who in 1972 produced...

L.A. theater openings, Jan. 8-15: 'The Last Vig' and more

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

This week: A new mob comedy, a drama about cultural appropriation, and a salute to a female silent-era filmmaker. End Up Here Composer-lyricist Christopher Reiner (“Urban Death”) presents an afternoon of music and prose. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood....

Life after 'Glee': Matthew Morrison on his dream role and his national concert tour

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A pained frown raced along Matthew Morrison's brow. This wasn't the terrorized expression of horror we recall from the hit TV show "Glee" when his Mr. Schuester was under attack by his archenemy gym coach played by Jane Lynch. Nor the exaggerated, fierce scowl he sported recently on a Broadway...

Benjamin Scheuer and a life told in heartbreaking song at the Geffen

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

When he was 13, singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer got into a terrible fight with his dad.  Son wrote father a mean note afterward. A few days later, before the pair had reconciled, Scheuer’s father had a brain aneurysm and died. A lasting image from the end of his father’s life: the stern mathematician...

A museum will document the 70-year-old partition history that many Indians and Pakistanis want to forget

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Amolak Swani’s knobby fingers gripped a cane as she shuffled into the room, her daughter holding her at the elbow. She settled into a chair with a sigh and began telling her story. Swani was 16 when Muslim mobs in the city of Peshawar, in the northwest corner of what was then British India, burned...

A little song, a little snark in a pay-what-you-want production of 'Urinetown'

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

“What kind of musical is this?” wails a distraught orphan after the good guys think they have brought hope and change to a troubled society — but then everything suddenly falls apart. The reversal of apparent progress strikes a resonant, albeit disturbingly dissonant, chord in the timely revival...

For actors in L.A.'s small theaters, curtain rises on new minimum-wage rules

2 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Theater loves metaphor, so let’s call John Perrin Flynn, the artistic director of the Rogue Machine theater company in L.A., our Ghost of Christmas Future as we face the big question for 2017: As controversial new wage rules kick in for the city’s small theaters, will the local scene thrive or...

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