• 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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  • THE STINKY CHEESE MAN @ the Garage Theatre

    To appreciate the Garage Theatre's production of John Glore's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, you probably need to meet at least one of two preconditions: 1) a love of Looney Tunes-style humor, and 2) fond remembrance of the John Scieszka/Lane Smith Caldecott-winning children's book from which the play is drawn. I'd ne

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  • A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL @ Little Fish Theatre

    If you're an American over 30 (or maybe even younger), a wintertime staple as you came of age was the Christmas special. Your take on Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and various versions of Santa Claus—not to mention how the Peanuts gang celebrated the holiday—was informed by the various animated and claymated half-hour clas

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  • SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT @ International City Theatre

    With Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe may have invented the genre of "realistic fiction," wherein a fabricated author delivers his autobiography. His work may have inspired real-life Louis de Rougemont to relate the Crusoean tale he published serially in The Wide World Magazine beginning in 1898 under the title "The Adven

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