• UNCANNY VALLEY @ International City Theatre

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a staple of speculative fiction since the time of Alan Turing (b. 1912, d. 1954); and the closer we creep to realizing the possibility, the more timely it seems. But the downside for today's writers taking on the topic is two-fold: 1) there's an ever-larger body of work on the subject to which an audience will

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET @ Elysium Conservatory Theatre

    I was not looking forward to this play. I don't love Shakespeare as I once did, and I never thought much of Romeo and Juliet. Yeah, he's a genius, and admittedly R&J is a great cautionary tale about the dangers of being swept away by immature passions. But three problems: 1) most productions of R&J totally miss or

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  • The Town Hall Affair Debates Culture Wars

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer The Wooster Group’s The Town Hall Affair, based on the 1979 documentary, Town Bloody Hall plunges its audience into the women’s liberation movement of the early 1970s. The REDCAT Theater presented the play, cap

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  • STUPID F*CKING BIRD @ the Garage Theatre

    I like metafiction and various ways of playing with/against convention as much as the next guy—more, probably—but these are dangerous games when you're trying to get people to feel something. After all, the whole point of (for example) the alienation effect—a major component of Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird, which is a sort of m

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  • ECT Unearths the Truth of Love in Romeo and Juliet

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Stephanie Serna, RLn Contributing Writer Elysium Conservatory Theatre Director Aaron Ganz speaks with passion when he describes his production of Shakespeare’s play about the young star-crossed lovers. It runs from March 31 to April 30 at the company’s new site

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  • A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation="none"]By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer Emmy Award-winning director Marta Houske’s film, Crows of the Desert — A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide, will be presented by the Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival on

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  • North on South Central Ave.’s Drive to the Future

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer   The long running jazz musical, North On South Central Ave. will feature some of San Pedro’s best when it arrives, March 26, at the Warner Grand Theatre. North on South Central Ave.

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  • Philip Glass’s THE PERFECT AMERICAN @ Long Beach Opera

    Philip Glass just won't go away. That's a good thing. In this 21st century of ours opera needs a guy who can marry classical orchestral paradigms with the computer age, all strange loops and binary repetitions and cold confusing realities, some new to modernity, some as old as wishing upon a star. And God bless him, Glass could not have picked a

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  • Brathwaite’s Spiritrials: Breaking the Bondage of Incarceration

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist   Spiritrials, Dahlak Brathwaite’s one-man show is an awakening. It is also a timely exploration of the criminal justice system that dispels myths and false narratives about felons. Brathwaite, accompanied by DJ Din Decibels kept the  Los Angeles

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  • MOBY DICK @ South Coast Repertory

    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel everyone knows and almost no-one you know has read. But that doesn't stop us from thinking we know what it's about: obsession. Captain Ahab wants to get that big white whale to whom he lost a leg; but literature's most famous albino cetacean stands in for pretty much whatever you want too much and how su

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