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THE VIEW UPSTAIRS AT CELEBRATION

“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), […]

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CARMEN — CARMEN

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 […]

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THE DARDENNES’ UNKNOWN GIRL

The stalwart formula of Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—the corrosive effects of capitalism on mostly working-class families in and around Liège—has drawn enthusiastic audiences around the world for over thirty years. Their new feature, UNE FILLE INCONNUE/THE UNKNOWN GIRL, takes a particularly hard look at the socio-economic triggers of male depredation. Dardenne regulars Jérémie Renier and […]

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DAN GUERRERO’S ¡GAYTINO!

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. […]

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TAYLOR MAC IN SAN FRANCISCO

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 […]