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16 Apr

Events > Sjalusi

Image courtesy of ”Jealousy”.

Deaf West Theatre brings Teater Manu, Norway’s professional sign language theater company, to the U.S. for the first time with a black comedy about three women living on different floors of the same luxurious high-rise. Although they have never met, the trio is inter-connected by their secrets, a man and a feisty email conversation. It’s a story as truthful as life, love and jealousy itself, filled with forbidden emotions, desire and passion.

Teater Manu first staged Sjalusi in 2009 for Clin d’Oeil, Europe’s largest cultural festival for deaf people held in Reims, France, and for Culture Days for Deaf People in Oslo. In order to make the production accessible to an American audience, Deaf West sent a team of ASL Masters to Norway to translate the play into an International Sign Language/American Sign Language hybrid. The actors will be voiced in English.

“Most people don’t realize that not all sign languages are alike,” says Deaf West artistic director David J. Kurs. “Because of our facility with body language and non-manual expression, an area that deaf actors truly excel at, we’re able to learn other sign languages quickly. I’m grateful for opportunities for cross-cultural learning and exchange that allow us to expand our understanding of deaf people and their place in other cultures.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30

Students with valid ID: $25
Thematic content includes: Love, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/17/2014 to 05/04/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

[Inside] the Ford: 818-762-2998 MAP

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[Inside] the Ford
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA
90068
818-762-2998

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818-762-2998

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[Inside] the Ford
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA
90068
818-762-2998

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818-762-2998
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10 Apr

> An evening of traditional French cabaret in the heart of LA

Image courtesy of Jeremy Schoen.

Cabaret Versatile is back at First & Hope American Bistro!

Following the tradition of the legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris, Cabaret Versatile is the ONLY authentic French cabaret troupe in California and the winner of the Best Variety and Cabaret Show at the 2012 Fringe Festival.

Get ready for an evening of glamour, feathers and “joie de vivre”.

From the spectacular French Cancan to the refined sexiness of French Burlesque, let the dancers, singers and acrobat take you for a spin in their unique world of French folie!

Start the evening with la “French touche”, an opening act featuring a different guest artist from month to month.
Our sponsors Calmada Boutique Hotel & Duverger Macarons will offer 2 lucky members of our audience the chance to win some “très chic” prizes…

Come and join our charming “demoiselles” in the intimacy of the beautiful Fedora Bar, jewel of the First&Hope supper club in Downtown friday april 18th.

PRE-SHOW : 8.30PM – SHOW : 9.00PM
BOOK YOUR TICKETS IN PRESALE WHILE THEY LAST!

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

Thematic content includes: Singing, Dance/ Movement

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/18/2014 to 04/18/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

First & Hope : (213) 617-8555 MAP

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First & Hope
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

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916-849-5589

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First & Hope
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

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916-849-5589

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First & Hope
710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

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916-849-5589
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10 Apr

Events > Pray to Ball

Image courtesy of Pray to Ball.

Seldom in American culture has this controversial subject been brought to the stage. Amir Abdullah’s distinctive play ignites a passionate conversation on contemporary attitudes and prejudices toward religious choices. The Skylight Theatre Company, committed to the development of new works that resonate with Los Angeles’ richly diverse population, presents their second World Premiere production during this 2014 inaugural season.

As the NBA draft approaches, two Superstar college basketball players and the controversial world of Islam collide in this face-off between life long friends. Beyond money, fame, and flesh…a look at living in America today.

“Timing is right, in the world, for this project and particularly for this generation. Choosing faith, as we become adults in this insta-tweet culture of celebrity and media, brings new kinds of challenges. The stigma of Islam becomes the focus here, but the story clearly poses questions needing to be considered by all of us, regardless our own beliefs.” – Bill Mendieta, Director

Amir Abdullah (Playwright) launches his first full-length play at the Skylight Theatre as a result of being chosen (from hundreds of submissions) for one of the award winning company’s noted development programs. He describes the virtual absence of Islam from the American artistic narrative as becoming the inspiration for this play.

“As an American-born Orthodox Muslim, I have struggled with my identity and faith, through my art. Some argue that being an artist is un-Islamic or unstable. Perhaps that’s the reason for a virtual absence of Islam from the American artistic narrative,” says playwright Amir Abdullah.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $34.00

$30-$34
Thematic content includes: Redemption

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/26/2014 to 05/25/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm

Sunday performances conclude with a moderated discussion amongst the audience focusing on specific themes inherent to the production.

The Skylight Theatre Complex: 213-761-7061 MAP

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The Skylight Theatre Complex
1816 1/2 N. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA
90027
213-761-7061

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213-761-7061

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The Skylight Theatre Complex
1816 1/2 N. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA
90027
213-761-7061

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213-761-7061
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1 Apr

Events > Turning Thirty

Image courtesy of Turning Thirty.

“A must-see for any age!” raves Chris Knopf, past president of Writers’ Guild of America, West. “Guarantees laughs! She’s done it again!” hails playwright Jerry Mayer (Aspirin & ELEPHANTS, Almost Perfect, Dietrich & Chevalier, etc). From the team that brought you the 2013 hit Raise Me Up (“Outstanding!” American Radio Network; “Timeless as romance itself!” LA Weekly), it’s a world premiere romantic comedy about mothers, daughters, and the profound effect they have on each other and the men in their lives. An obstacle course of weddings, Porsches, trust fund deadlines, biological clock time-bombs, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt, Turning Thirty illuminates modern-day romance in all its unexpected glory, with the passion and pain of finding, losing, and finding once again your one and only true love.

Written by Lisa Phillips Visca, author of Raise Me Up, Sophia; adapted screenplay Turning Thirty, suspense thriller Climax, screwball farce Fishin’ Musicians. Reality show Love Match is in negotiations with tennis legend Ivan Lendl. The film version of her play Raise Me Up is in development with MRJ Films, directed by Vince Marcello. Directed by Chris DeCarlo, whose most recent projects include Arnold Schulman’s Sleeping Ugly, LA Times Critic’s Choice Aspirin & ELEPHANTS and Last of the Knotts, and the world premiere Lisa Phillips Visca’s Raise Me Up.

Featuring a stellar cast of stage and screen personalities that includes includes Max Bunzel (Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23; NCIS: Los Angeles); Patrick Censoplano (Fame; Gettin’ In – Seven Arts Pictures): Dennis Michael* (Two Minute Warning – Universal; Raid on Entebbe – 20th Century Fox); Mary Ann Pianka (Gossip Girl, Life on Earth); Evelyn Rudie* (Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother; Raise Me Up); Terasa Sciortino* (Kontrast; Josh Brolin and Vincent Riverside’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap); Elisa Surmont* (Shattered Illusions; Hollywood Revisited – National Tour); With special appearances by Mike DiGirolamo (Three Sisters – Steppenwolf; The Best Thanksgiving Ever), Kelley Dorney* (Toy Story: The Musical; Twice Charmed – Walt Disney Theatre), Carly Reeves (Charlie Wilson’s War; Larry Crowne).

Turning Thirty – the ultimate year; the ultimate love story.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29.00

Students, Teachers, Seniors, Military $22.50. Groups of 8+ $17.50. Under 12 $15. $20 previews April 19,20,27,28 (may not be combined with any other offer or discount). Mention ThomasHamptonReviews & get $5.00 off each ticket!
Thematic content includes: Redemption, Love, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 05/03/2014 to 06/29/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Previews are April 19-20 and April 27-28, same times as above

Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space: 310-394-9779 MAP

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA
90401
310-394-9779

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310-394-9779

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Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA
90401
310-394-9779

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310-394-9779
Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space: 310-394-9779 MAP




31 Mar

Macro Review > Thomas Hampton Reviews ORPHEUS, four larks in downtown Los Angeles

Image courtesy of Eugene Lee.

Junkyard opera provocateurs four larks exude rich sonic, textile, and luminous textures in ORPHEUS, now extended through April 6, 2014.

ORPHEUS carefully constructs temporal, ephemeral beauty for their audience in seventy minutes of operatic moments. Stellar ensemble work and art direction, not the gods, hawk magical realism nightly, curated for an audience prepared for Orpheus’ journey with a luscious maze that you enter with the purchase of a ticket, revealing the theater’s location.

Upon arrival to the second floor of a Fashion District adjacent warehouse, your surroundings transform as bolts of racked fabric give way to tabletop chandeliers and trees plucked from last night’s dreamscape. You worm your way through a tranquil labyrinth of muslin, candle, and found objects. These totemic items prepare you for your journey deep into the underworld.

In addition to the phenomenon of their spectacle, four larks clarifies the Orpheus tale to posit this question: Is the tedium of endless stagnation in the underworld any different than the difficulties of our lives here on Earth?

The skill with which four larks inches you towards this realization is immense. Their attention to light and shadow thrown around the house, and ability to create soundscapes and visual trickery to engage the senses is both unique and phenomenal in it’s quality and power.

Unlike Orpheus, as doomed as Sisyphus to repeat his treck to Hades and back with the same tragic consequences, we, the living, have the choice and opportunity to change course.

You can support four larks by purchasing music from their performances on bandcamp.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

20.00- discount ticket for students etc
Thematic content includes: Live Music, Site Specific

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 03/26/2014 to 04/06/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

Special LATE NIGHT show Sat, April 5, 10:45pm.

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP




29 Mar

Events > Orpheus

Image courtesy of Eugene Lee.

Four Larks’ Orpheus is an immersive theatre event staged in a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. A dozen performer-musicians will lead you through a mythic maze and across an electric desert, in this physically-charged lyrical tone poem. Four Larks creates a “thrilling theatrical bricolage,” leaping from Ovid to Virgil, with a melody from Monteverdi and a rhyme from Rilke, to resurrect this myth embedded in our cultural memory.

Four Larks’ wildly inventive orchestration fuses ancient traditions and modern avant-pop with an acoustic soundscape created by folk and classical instruments, found objects, and otherworldly vocals. This exuberant ensemble of actor-musicians brings together some of Melbourne and Los Angeles’ most exciting new voices.

You can support four larks by purchasing music from their performances on bandcamp.

Read Thomas Hampton’s review of ORPHEUS.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.00

20.00- discount ticket for students etc
Thematic content includes: Live Music, Site Specific

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 03/26/2014 to 04/06/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

Special LATE NIGHT show Sat, April 5, 10:45pm.

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

ADDITIONAL INFO

Secret Location • #dtla
provided upon booking
Los Angeles, CA
90011
310-993-2329

Secret Location • #dtla: 310-993-2329 MAP




26 Mar

Events > Timur and the Dime Museum: COLLAPSE

Image courtesy of Timur and the Dime Museum. Photo: Sandra Powers.

The vocal stylings of mesmeric frontman Timur Bekbosunov join with haunting experimental chamber music and the stagecraft of post-punk cabaret in the world premiere of Collapse, an operatic song cycle composed as a requiem mass by Daniel Corral, who is also the ensemble’s music director.

Backed by a five-piece band (accordion/keys, guitar, bass and drums), classically trained Kazakh-born tenor Bekbosunov brings urgent dramatic figuration to Corral’s laments of environmental degradation past, present and impending. Timur and the Dime Museum are accompanied by video projections created and live-mixed by artist Jesse Gilbert, with costumes designed by Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

$20–25 [$16–20 student/member]
Thematic content includes: Live Music

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 03/27/2014 to 03/29/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

REDCAT: 2132372800 MAP

OR BY PHONE 2132372800

ADDITIONAL INFO

REDCAT
631 W. 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
2132372800

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2132372800

ADDITIONAL INFO

REDCAT
631 W. 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA
90012
2132372800

OR BY PHONE
2132372800
REDCAT: 2132372800 MAP




23 Mar

Events > Tingel Tangel Club and The Meeting*

Image courtesy of The Meeting*.

New York City sprinkles a bit of pixie dust on La La Land with the premiere of Tingel Tangel Club, a decadent, subversive cabaret produced by “downtown impresario,” Earl Dax. The “wicked stepsister” to Dax’s Weimar New York, Tingel Tangel Club debuted at Glasslands in Brooklyn and celebrates its 6-year anniversary at Brick + Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on April 16.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $12.00

12.00 advance online or 15.00 at the door
Thematic content includes: Redemption, Love, Adultery, Sex, Self Destruction, Drug Use, Nudity, Singing, Live Music, Dance/ Movement, Highbrow, Lowbrow, Humor, Site Specific

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/11/2014 to 04/11/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

The evening kicks off at 8:00 pm when Sayre calls The Meeting* to order. At 9:00 pm Tingel Tangel Club takes over both stages of the Bootleg Theater with an eclectic mix of performers and DJs.

BOOTLEG THEATER: 2133893856 MAP

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ADDITIONAL INFO

BOOTLEG THEATER
2220 Beverly Blvd
LOS ANGELES, California
90057
2133893856

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2139085344

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BOOTLEG THEATER
2220 Beverly Blvd
LOS ANGELES, California
90057
2133893856

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2139085344
BOOTLEG THEATER: 2133893856 MAP




20 Mar

Events > Emio Greco | PC: ROCCO

Image courtesy of REDCAT.

Choose a ringside seat for this intensely physical dance event set in a stylized boxing ring, and the sweat produced by this remarkable Amsterdam-based company may become part of the experience. In ROCCO, choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten put dancers face to face in a suite of choreographed bouts that are exhilarating, exhausting and deeply poignant—with a healthy dose of humor as counterpoint.

With virtuosic performances, and plenty of nimble footwork, the competitors represent brotherly love with intense abandon: both the good and the bad, from Cain and Abel to Romulus and Remus to Laurel and Hardy. As in the film that inspired it, Luchino Visconti’s Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers), the artists expose both physical and psychological extremes in this powerful work that received Holland’s prestigious SWAN Award for Best Dance Production of 2012.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

$20-25 [$16–20 student/member]
Thematic content includes: Dance/ Movement

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/17/2014 to 04/19/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 8:30pm

REDCAT: 2132372800 MAP

OR BY PHONE 2132372800

ADDITIONAL INFO

REDCAT
631 W. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA
90012
2132372800

OR BY PHONE
2132372800

ADDITIONAL INFO

REDCAT
631 W. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA
90012
2132372800

OR BY PHONE
2132372800
REDCAT: 2132372800 MAP




16 Mar

Events > Trajal Harrell: Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L)

Image: “Antigone Sr.” by Trajal Harrell. Photo: Ian Douglas.

With a bold theatrical vision and a potent score of remixed pop, electronica and more, Trajal Harrell concocts an intoxicating blend 
of strutting, voguing, extravagantly outré fashion and irresistible movement in the latest and largest edition of his acclaimed series of works inspired by 
a provocative question: What if the Harlem ball culture of the 1960s had paraded its way into downtown New York’s early postmodern dance scene? This speculation is smartly brought into a contemporary context through Harrell’s choreography for an international ensemble of virtuosic dancers.

As a genre-bending exploration of race, gender, sexuality, culture and history, the resulting Antigone Sr. is much more than a fierce, all-male take on the classic tragedy. It serves up a revelatory investigation of Sophocles’ themes, set to dance music with deep bass.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

$20–25 [$16–20 student/member]
Thematic content includes: Dance/ Movement

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 04/03/2014 to 04/06/2014
Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm
Sundays: 7:00pm

REDCAT: 2132372873 MAP

OR BY PHONE 2132372800

ADDITIONAL INFO

REDCAT
631 W. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA
90012
2132372873

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2132372800
REDCAT: 2132372873 MAP




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