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WITNESSING HER — JESSICA EMMANUEL

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Dancer–choregrapher–performance artist Jessica Emmanuel recently appeared in Poor Dog Group’s The Murder Ballad 1938, and she returns to Redcat this week with her new work WITNESSING HER, which addresses the devastating impact of police violence on black communities. WITNESSING HER is part of the opening week of Redcat’s New Original Works Festival 2017, and Emmanuel’s piece will […]

CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD

In November 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered in Tel Aviv in by an Israeli ultranationalist at the end of a rally supporting a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The events and mood of the country leading up to Rabin’s death as recollected by his widow Leah constitute Amos Gitai’s theater piece YITZHAK RABIN: […]

VAGINAL DAVIS PLAYS L.A.

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In theory, the Saturday night Nico tribute WARHOL ICON took place all over the Broad Museum and its courtyard, and circulation was encouraged. But when the museum doors opened at 8:30, performance artists Sheree Rose and Ron Athey, filmmaker Eliane Lima, and 200-plus revelers made a beeline for Oculus Hall and stayed put for the next two hours, […]

NICO AT THE BROAD

Nico, The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Christa Päffgen grew up to the sounds of Allied planes dropping bombs on her native Cologne. She was given the name Nico by photographer Herbert Tobias when she was 16 years old and modeling in Berlin.     She worked with Fellini (La Dolce vita), sang the title song for the film Strip-tease (1963), performed at […]

NICK PAYNE’S CONSTELLATIONS

Allen Leech and Ginnifer Goodwin in Constellations, by Nick Payne, 2017.
Photograph by Chris Whitaker

CONSTELLATIONS, at the Geffen Playhouse, belies the writers’ workshop trope “Show, don’t tell.” Through an intoxicating swirl of dialogs—stopping, starting, switching, alternating, repeating—we learn how Marianne (a quantum physicist) and Roland (a beekeeper) meet, fall in love (or don’t), and stay together or break up (do they?) As Marianne reassures Roland early on, “Everything we’ve […]

CLASH BY NIGHT

London Calling, at the Hudson Backstage Theatre.

“I hate the army and I hate the RAF…. / I hate the civil service rules / I won’t open letter bombs for you.” — “Career Opportunities,” The Clash LONDON CALLING, the Clash musical, might have been better with a live band onstage, but the erratically recorded and mixed instrumental tracks guiding the performers through […]

THE PRIDE AT THE WALLIS

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Inside its Lovelace theater space, the Wallis has constructed an ingenious crystal boîte, an infinity mirror of a stage surrounded by witnesses in close proximity. “Theater in the round” is the usual term, but in the case of director and designer Michael Arden’s brilliant new production of THE PRIDE—a Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis—“drama cubed” are […]