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Archive for Candide

CANDIDE at the Long Beach Opera

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

The concept framing Long Beach Opera’s Candide, of life as a first rehearsal, is apt. We’re given little stage direction and then blindly stumble through this world. So the title character—after discovering that life is tragic, cruel, and random—learns that the best one can do to survive is to find the simple joys in life. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

True to its theme, there will never be “the best of all possible” Candides. Leonard Bernstein’s almost perfectly imperfect musical theater piece straddles the realms of Broadway and the opera, not unlike Porgy and Bess (if “The Gershwins’ (sic)” tarted version hasn’t scotched its operatic identity for the foreseeable future). A signal failure in its original 1956 run, Candide returned in 1973 as a smash hit under Harold Prince’s tutelage and remained popular ever since. Read more…

Now running through January 30

CANDIDE at Sacred Fools Theatre

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Photo courtesy of Sacred Fools

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright Jon Jory’s adaptation of Voltaire’s novella Candide is, to cynically paraphrase the satire’s implacable optimist, Professor Pangloss,  work that is the best of all possible worlds. Which is to say that it is all right-ish, if not especially powerful or inspired.

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Now running through Oct. 17.