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Archive for Richard Nelson

THE DEAD at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Eric Neil Guttierez

Photo by Eric Neil Guttierez

Bob Verini -   ArtsInLA

For this chamber musical, Shaun Davey and Richard Nelson have crafted Irish faux folk tunes that rely more on vocal brio than beauty. And let’s face it, the characters’ increasing insobriety lowers the bar on singing quality as the play’s Christmastime celebration progresses. But the adaptation of James Joyce’s brilliant, deep novella—possibly the best of its kind in the English language—is a bitch to stage, with its tonal shifts, huge cast, multiple settings, and thematic ambiguities.    Read more…

Now running through February 22.

 

 

CHESS at East West Players

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

 

CHESS  – Book by Richard Nelson, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

 

Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly

Like the 1980s, this revival of the Cold War-themed musical that produced the hit song “One Night in Bangkok” is kitschy, colorful and full of spectacle. Yet its return also reveals the contrived, confusing plot and threadbare characters that have perennially plagued this piece.
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David C. Nichols – L.A. Times

There’s a wryly energetic thrust to “Chess,” being revived by East West Players in an imaginative production that certainly puts its own spin on this problematic concept album-turned-popera.
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