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EDMUND WHITE

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Edmund White is the recipient of PEN’s lifetime achievement award for American fiction, and will join fellow honorees Edna O’Brien (for international literature), Kamau Brathwaite (poetry), Barbara Harshav (translation), Dave Kindred (literary sports writing), Luis Alfaro (American dramatist), Sibyl Kempson (American playwright in mid-career), and Mike Lew (emerging American playwright) at the awards ceremony on Tuesday night. […]

NINA HOSS AT ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE

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Nina Hoss, the great German star of the Christian Petzold films Jerichow, Barbara, and Phoenix, is at St. Ann’s Warehouse in RETURNING TO REIMS, a dramatic adaptation of Didier Eribon’s “remarkable book of sociological inquiry and critical theory.”* Eribon’s memoir of his return to his childhood home, where he “discovers that the left-wing and liberal […]

VARIEDADES AT THE MAYAN

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VARIEDADES is a music, spoken word, theater, comedy, visual arts happening loosely based on Mexican vaudeville shows in Los Angeles, but the list of performers is anything but old-fashioned: Alice Bag, Nao Bustamante with Dynasty Handbag and Karen Tongson, La Chica Boom, DJ Lengua, Rafa Esparza, Liz Miller Kovacs, Selene Luna, Cheech and Natasha Marin, Mickey Negron, […]

POOR DOG GROUP FROM THE BEGINNING

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It’s been ten years since Poor Dog Group first took to the boards at Redcat with their short piece “Hey Hey Man Hey.” Since then they’ve created seven major works—The Internationalists, Atreus, Brewsie and Willie, Dionysia (a.k.a. Satyr Atlas), Murder Ballad 1938, Five Small Fires, and now GROUP THERAPY, presented next week at MacGowan Hall […]

GLASS GUIGNOL — THE BROTHER AND SISTER PLAY

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Tennessee Williams, his sister Rose’s lobotomy, Rose’s alter-ego Laura in Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Catherine from Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer, various parts of Williams’ one-acts, Nijinsky, and Mary Shelley all come together in GLASS GUIGNOL—THE BROTHER AND SISTER PLAY, conceived by Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell. Directed by Breuer, GLASS GIUGNOL is the inaugural production by […]

SONDHEIM’S FOLLIES

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FOLLIES—a psychological, philosophical memory play with showstoppers (“Broadway Baby,” “Who’s That Woman,” “Losing My Mind,” and the trouper’s biographical tour de force “I’m Still Here”)—is Sondheim at zenith, brilliantly staged in its current London revival by director Dominic Cooke, and available to Los Angeles audiences via a series of National Theatre Live screenings presented at UCLA […]

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE — REFUSE THE HOUR

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This weekend, artist-filmmaker-stage designer-provocateur William Kentridge brings his chamber opera REFUSE THE HOUR to Royce Hall for two performances. Both a five-channel video installation for Documenta 2012, and a live music piece for the Festival d’Avignon that same year, REFUSE THE HOUR—narrated by Kentridge and composed by his longtime collaborator Philip Miller—begins with the myth of […]