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SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIA at the McCadden Place Theatre

SDIMercedes Manning and Benny Wills copy

Photo by April Kelly

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This curious play, written by Meghan Brown, developed with Fugitive Kind Theatre, and incorporating input from director Amanda McRaven, is a freewheeling fantasia drawn from themes, characters, and situations in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s also an apocalyptic dystopia, cast in the form of a sequel depicting events that occurred after the end of Shakespeare’s play.

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Now running through May 29

THE DISCORD ALTAR at the Secret Rose Theatre

Photo by Amanda McRaven

Photo by Amanda McRaven

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Improvisation in the theatre is hardly a new thing, and more and more it seems to become a useful part of the movie-making process. Improvised comedy has become downright ubiquitous, and was practiced with glorious expertise by Mike Nichols and Elaine May way back in the 1950s. But improvised opera? Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Opera is a challenging art form — and opera improvised more challenging still.

In The Discord Altar, a musical ensemble rises to that challenge, creating harmonious on-the-spot vocals to accompany a set libretto by Meghan Brown and instrumental music (also improvised) by pianist Ann Baltz and percussionist Ray Salas.  Read more…

Now running through May 3.