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AT HOME AT THE ZOO at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Zoo Story

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Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

As the story goes, someone — a friend, a roommate or a lover — said to Mr. Albee, “Edward, you will be thirty years old tomorrow, and you don’t have a damn thing to show for it.” Stung by this comment, Albee sat down and, overnight, wrote a long one-act about a volatile encounter between two men — a complacent middle class guy named Peter, and an impoverished eccentric named Jerry, on a bench in Central Park. Read more…

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

“Do you want to know what happened at the zoo?” If you do, make your way to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, home to the new Deaf West production of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo—although be warned, the actual answer to that question is far from the point of the piece. Read more…

Now running through April 2

The LADCC/Wallis Student Reporter Event enjoys a successful third outing

Photo by Kevin Parry for The Wallis.

Photo by Kevin Parry for The Wallis.

This past weekend several critics from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle collaborated the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for our third joint LADCC/Wallis Student Reporter Event. 

Approximately 12 students, ranging in age between 12-18, came to the Wallis this past weekend to participate in this special event.  Critics Dany Margolies, Katie Buenneke and Jonas Schwartz spent the afternoon with the students, working with them on developing their theater critique techniques.

The event began with a primer on the history of the flop musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is now playing at the Wallis until December 18, 2016.

The dozen students joined the critics for the weekend matinee performance of Merrily at the Wallis. Then everyone returned to the classroom to spent 90 minutes forming a review.

Observed Jonas Schwartz, “As with last time, when we took them to For The Record, the students were very insightful and had a clear understanding of what they saw and how to interpret.”

The critics and students discussed and compiled everyone’s critical input. The students are now tasked with composing and submitting their own critical reviews that will be published on the Wallis website in the coming week.

Everyone was pleased with another successful event.

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The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Runs through December 18, 2016

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Beverly Hills

More information and tickets can be found here and here.

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by George Furth
directed by Michael Arden
starring:
Whitney Bashor, Wayne Brady, Aaron Lazar, Saycon Sengbloh, Amir Talai, Donna Vivino
with Eric B. Anthony, Sandy Bainum, Melody Butiu, Doran Butler, Max Chucker, Sarah Daniels, Kevin Patrick Doherty,
Laura Dickinson, Rachael Ferrera, Jennifer Foster, Travis Leland, Lyle Colby Mackston, Brent Schindele, Maximus Brandon Verso.

 

 

 

FOR THE RECORD – AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Kevin Parry

Photo by Kevin Parry

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

We’ve been besieged of late by a plethora of juke-box musicals, but the production company For the Record has put a new spin on it. They bring us a soundtrack musical, whose score is derived from the soundtracks of movies by major directors. In the past they’ve paid tribute to Quentin Tarantino, but now they’ve turned their attention to six films by Martin Scorsese: Read more…

Now running through October 16

MAESTRO: HERSHEY FELDER AS LEONARD BERNSTEIN at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents

Photo courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

In the last few years, musician Hershey Felder has used his multiple talents — as writer, actor, singer, virtuoso pianist and general raconteur — to create a memorable series of portraits of major figures in the music world, including George Gershwin, Fredric Chopin, Ludwig Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Irving Berlin. Read more…

Now running through August 22

WHAT’S ON S.T.A.G.E.? at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo courtesy S.T.A.G.E.

Photo courtesy S.T.A.G.E.

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

The Los Angeles theater community has not forgotten the battle against AIDS, and it continues to take the fight to the S.T.A.G.E. The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) has partnered with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) for the last 32 years to raise money for AIDS education and prevention by presenting musical delights from some of Los Angeles’s biggest theater talents. This year’s concert, Sondheim No. 5, will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for a matinee and an evening performance June 18.

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THE REVISIONIST at the Wallis- Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

One might have expected that accomplished actor but novice playwright Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Batman v Superman) would be more adept at creating characters for The Revisionist than knowing what to do with them. Read more…

Now running through April 17

GUYS AND DOLLS at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Kevin Parry

Photo by Kevin Parry

Margaret Gray – LA Times

The stripper whose wildest dream is of marriage. The high-stakes gambler who falls for a missionary. Both live on the sweet, homely Broadway of Damon Runyon, whose short stories about Depression-era gamblers and others on the seedy side of the street of dreams inspired the great American musical “Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Writer-director-adapter Mary Zimmerman is perhaps best known in Los Angeles for Metamorphoses, her adaptation of Ovid’s epic poem (and other myths), which played at the Mark Taper Forum in 2008. Years before, I caught her 1993 staging of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Considering it combines the imagination and experience of director Mary Zimmerman with the resources of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the staging of “Guys & Dolls” at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts ought to have been sheer heaven. It’s not.    Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

A tremendously successful Broadway musical, Guys & Dolls ran for 1200 performances, winning five Tony Awards in 1951 including the award for Best Musical. The popular romantic comedy — written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and featuring Frank Loesser’s catchy tunes and clever lyrics — sparkles with humor, drama, song and dance.

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Now running through December 20.

WIESENTHAL at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Carol Rosegg

Photo by Carol Rosegg

Margaret Gray – LA Times

My wife is waiting at our front door for me to finally come home from the war,” says Simon Wiesenthal as he leaves his office for the last time in Tom Dugan’s beautifully written and performed one-man bio-play “Wiesenthal,” now at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Read more…

Now running through November 8.

THE QUEEN OF COLORS at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by J Bohn

Photo by J Bohn

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

On a small arched screen at center stage is played out the tale of the imperious, fickle and slightly goofy Little Queen, represented by a stylized shadow puppet. At stage left is painter Eva Noelle, standing beside a small table with her paints, which she uses to depict all the settings and props which are projected on the screen. She provides the narration, while the engaging composer-accordionist Patrice Langlois sits at stage right providing comic musical punctuation. Read more…

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Only a few performances remain for The Queen of Colors, a delightful, hour-long play for small children now playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This ingenious and unique show combines shadow puppets, music and live painted projections to fashion a sweet story about a little Queen (a small child) who roams about her kingdom. Read more…

Now running through January 18.

LOVE, NOEL at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Kevin Parry

Photo by Kevin Parry

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Noël Coward’s songs should be standards, heard often, like those of his contemporaries Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart and Irving Berlin.  Coward’s cabaret tunes and show numbers are just as witty, his melodies just as harmonious. Read more…

Now running through December 21.

 

A COFFIN IN EGYPT at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

A Coffin in Egypt, a rarely produced 1980 play by Horton Foote would seem an unlikely subject for an opera, but in the hands of the marvelous Frederica von Stade and the talented composer and librettist team of Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard Foglia, it becomes a tour de force. Set in rural Texas, the opera is essentially a 90-minute operatic monologue that tells the story of the star-crossed life and unhappy marriage of Myrtle Bledsoe , elegantly portrayed by von Stade.   Read more…

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

The legendary (it says so on the lobby cards) mezzo Frederica von Stade reasserts her claim to being the greatest actor among contemporary opera stars in Ricky Ian Gordon’s chamber piece A Coffin in Egypt, in town for a too-limited run. Horton Foote’s 1998 virtual monodrama for grande dame is as fertile a source for dramatization as was Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice, musicalized by Francis Poulenc, and has much the same impact.  Read more…

WHITE at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

Continuing their commitment to presenting high quality theater for children, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is staging another imported show. The award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company from Scotland presents White, a magical and delightful production for the very young, in the Wallis’ smaller space, the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

In Scottish children’s theater company Catherine Wheels’s charming 35-minute theater piece, Cotton and Wrinkle take nurturing care of an all-white world. The two are clad in white, head to toe. They live in a white tent. They tend white birdhouses, grooming and dusting them, and then they carefully put a white egg in each tidy little abode.
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Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

Theater of substance for children as young as three to five that can effectively captivate adults as well requires not merely simplicity but also grand ambition, both of which are abundantly on display in White, a 35-minute burnished gem from Scotland’s Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Read more…
Now running through March 23.