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THE VIEW UPSTAIRS AT CELEBRATION

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“I love this busted-ass bar.” — Wes, in The View Upstairs THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, an off-Broadway triumph earlier this year, has made a welcome transfer to the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood for its West Coast premiere. Max Vernon’s musical—directed by Michael A. Shepperd—is set in a dive bar in New Orleans in 1973 (and 2017), […]

MATTHEW BOURNE’S RED SHOES

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For the last twenty years, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film THE RED SHOES has been on the mind of choreographer Matthew Bourne, and this year audiences in Los Angeles and New York have the opportunity to see this ideal match of creator, subject, and source. MATTHEW BOURNE’S THE RED SHOES—in its U.S. premiere, at the Ahmanson—is […]

PAUL RUDNICK’S BIG NIGHT

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During the awards season, Hollywood occasionally likes to pretend that it’s a meritocracy of quality and craft, and not a desperate scrum devoted to the acquisition of shiny statuettes—and the explosive yet temporary prestige and box-office bonanza that follows. The billboards and trade-paper ads, the stress, the diets, the false humility, the cracked voices and […]

CARMEN — CARMEN

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In the busy, declamatory plays of Simon Stephens, the most interesting characters explosively stake their claims on a loveless, transactional playing field with little regard to the consequences of their actions. Vulnerability is sneered at—often by the most vulnerable themselves—or dismissed as a form of mental illness. In CARMEN DISRUPTION (now at City Garage, directed by Frédérique […]

DAN GUERRERO’S ¡GAYTINO!

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In conjunction with the exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz, LACMA presents a weekend performance of Dan Guerrero’s play-with-music ¡GAYTINO!—MADE IN AMERICA. Guerrero and Almaraz were lifelong friends, and this is their story, from East Los to Manhattan and back again—with reminiscences along the way of Dan’s father, Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero. […]

TAYLOR MAC IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Barlo Perry: “What was the impetus behind A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC? Taylor Mac: “It was [a 1986, San Francisco] AIDS walk. I had never seen an out homosexual before, and so many at the same time.  I discovered queer history, queer agency, queer pride while the community was being torn apart because of the […]

WARHOL CAPOTE AT AMERICAN REP

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“In the late 1970s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost […]