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Review: The Baby Dance Mixed

 
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As May seems to be the month in the 805 for plays about deluded people living in trailers, Ventura's Rubicon offers us Jane Anderson's world premier of The Baby Dance: Mixed. A two act, highly charged emotional drama involving two couples, one who cannot have a baby, and a poor couple about to have one, Baby Dance: Mixed features an extraordinary cast. One highlight of this production, and a reason in itself for going to see it, is Krystle Rose Simmons' portrayal of Wanda, the pregnant woman.
 
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Review: Mark Morris - Pepperland

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Music and Dance
Sgt. Pepper at 50; Mark Morris at Eternity

Mark Morris, originally from Seattle, emerged at a time when Seattle was a hotbed for new music and emerging choreography. At that point in time, contemporary dance was also emerging from a period dominated by two generations of astoundingly creative choreographers who had tended to emphasis a stripped down visual sensibility, with rampant minimalism, and a narrowing of means in order to generate severe, instantly recognized personal styles.

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The Luminoso Piano Quartet in AN AFTERNOON OF CHAMBER MUSIC

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CLASSICAL CONCERTS ON THE HILL presents 
THE LUMINOSO PIANO QUARTET IN AN AFTERNOON OF CHAMBER MUSIC
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Luminoso Piano Quartet will present AN AFTERNOON OF CHAMBER MUSIC: Piano Quartet, with music by Handel, Widor, Dvorak and more, on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, located at 403 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks. The afternoon features classical favorites performed in an intimate setting. A concert in the Large Rehearsal Room is like attending a concert in the Château de Versailles in Paris! (Well, it has mirrors and is about the same size, less the artwork and history, but you can just close your eyes and imagine you are there!) The Luminoso Piano Quartet features Araksia Nazlikyan, Violin; Diana Ray-Goodman, Violin & Viola; Jan Kelley, Cello; and Ornela Ervin, Piano.
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Review: American Buffalo

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Taylor Kasch, Eric Mello and Brian Robert Harris  American Buffalo  Santa Paula Theater Center Photo Credit: Brian Sterham
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The Santa Paula Theater Center and company has launched the second play in an excellent season of tough, great theatre, with their current production of David Mamet’s legendary play, American Buffalo.
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Review: MacBeth

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Lady Macbeth and the King dancingOjai Art Center Theater in conjunction with the Ojai Performing Arts Theater's Macbeth
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When it rains, it pours, they say.  While we don’t get a lot of professional Shakespeare in our regional theatre, and thus one would expect there to not be much of a pool of Shakespearean actors locally, the 805 currently has two major Shakespeare plays on offer:  Rubicon’s fine King Lear, and The Ojai Art Center Theater’s Macbeth. Not only that, but both productions are trying to do something new and interesting with their productions.
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Review:King Lear

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King Lear at Rubicon
King Lear is one of Shakspeare’s greatest plays, some say greatest. People usually do Lear because they want to do something with it. Like Wagner’s Ring, Shakespeare’s Lear has, in modern times, become a formidable vehicle for taking a production to the limits. This usually means something in terms of either its direction, staging, or acting, or some combination or all three. Rubicon accordingly tries a lot of different things with this ambitious production in a well-worth seeing Lear.
 
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MAR
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Hilariously funny ‘Bad Jews’ next up at Odyssey Theatre

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Savage, vicious and ferociously funny. Dana Resnick directs Bad Jews, a fierce yet hilarious take on family, faith and legacy by Joshua Harmon, running April 21 through June 17 at the Odyssey Theatre
 
There's nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in us. In Joshua Harmon’s biting comedy, a beloved grandfather has died and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs — but who’s the most deserving? Is it bossy, overbearing, self-declared “super-Jew” Daphna Feygenbaum (played by Larkin Bell – Colony Collapse at Boston Court)? Or her wealthy, less observant cousin Liam (Noah James – Stanley Jerome in the Odyssey’s Broadway Bound) who has a shiksa girlfriend (Lila Hood – The Man Who Came to Dinner at Actors Co-Op)? Meanwhile, Liam’s younger brother Jonah (Austin Rogers – White Marriage at the Odyssey) finds himself in the impossible position of peacemaker as the two rivals argue, insult and try to outwit each other to the bitter, hilarious end.
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MAR
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Review: Compañía Nacional de Danza

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Kayoko Everhart as Carmen and Daan Vervoort as Don José .Photo by David Bazemore
Review
Dance
UCSB Arts & Lectures presented Spain’s national dance company, Compañía Nacional de Danza, for its contemporary adaptation of Carmen over two nights, Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at The Granada Theatre.
 
While the dancers possessed great skill and gave theatrical performances, the piece as a whole fell short of a truly contemporary retelling.
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MAR
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Groundbreaking ‘Native Son’ adaptation gets a SoCal premiere at Antaeus

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GLENDALE, CA- Andi Chapman directs the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley’s visceral, groundbreaking stage adaption of Richard Wright’s racially charged novel, Native Son, for Antaeus Theatre Company. Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale beginning April 19, with performances continuing through June 3. Low-priced previews take place April 12–18.
 
Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African-American men are elusive, Kelley’s adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as a series of unleashed events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.
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MAR
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Review: Orpheus and Eurydice

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 Maxim Mironov (right) as Orpheus, with dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, in LA Opera's 2018 production of “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Photo Credit: Ken Howard
 
Review
Dance
Beyond The 805
LA Opera joined forces with The Joffrey Ballet to put on Orpheus and Eurydice at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Accented with beautiful singing, dynamic set pieces, and expressive dancing in inventive costumes, this performance of Orpheus and Eurydice puts a modern twist to the classic Greek tale but unfortunately gets held back from its fullest potential by a few flaws in execution.
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MAR
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ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY presents Pulitzer Prize writers' Ayad Akhtar in a co-production with the ENGLISH THEATRE FRANKFURT "The Invisible Hand".

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ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY presents the 4th of its 2017-2018 Season -
A Co-Production with the English Theatre Frankfurt!
THE INVISIBLE HAND
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Jonathan Fox
March 13, 2018…Santa Barbara, CA…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (in a co-production with the ENGLISH THEATRE FRANKFURT) is thrilled to announce the fourth show of its 2017-2018 Season, a witty and provocative new thriller, THE INVISIBLE HAND, written by Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and directed by Jonathan Fox. THE INVISIBLE HAND begins previews on Thursday, April 12, opens on Saturday, April 14, and runs through Sunday, April 29, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. The production will then transfer to the English Theatre Frankfurt on May 9, 2018.
 

 
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MAR
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Review: Joffrey Ballet's "Romeo & Juliet"

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Review
Dance
Beyond The 805
The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a dynamic, contemporary take on the classic ballet. From the various costumes and settings spanning the 1930s, 1950s, and 1990s to the contemporary twists to the ballet choreography, watching Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet is a refreshing and captivating experience.
 
 
Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & JulietPhoto by Cheryl Mann
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MAR
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Artists Opening: Christine Leong & Andrea Vargas

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Christine Leong & Andrea Vargas
March 15 - May 13, 2018 
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MAR
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West Coast premiere of ‘What Happened When’ by Rattlestick’s Daniel Talbott

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Echo Theater Company presents West Coast premiere of ‘What Happened When’ by Rattlestick’s Daniel Talbott
Following 3-week limited engagement, production will re-open this summer and again in fall, each time with a different cast
 
LOS ANGELES (March 12, 2018) — Brooding, compelling, funny and startling. Memories unravel and dark truths are revealed in a haunting ghost story by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping). Chris Fields directs the West Coast premiere of What Happened When for The Echo Theater Company, opening at Atwater Village Theatre on April 12. Following the production’s three-week run through April 26What Happened When will re-open this summer and again in the fall, each time with a different cast.

 
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Review: FLAX’s The Dialectic of the Stars Bodies 2

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Dance
Beyond The 805
 
The penultimate evening of FLAX’s The Dialectic of the Stars Bodies2 features choreographer and dancer Noé Soulier. Fabien Danesi, the curator of the series, describes LA as “both cinematographic and paradisiac, but also artificial”. His inspiration for The Dialectic of the stars draws a star in Los Angeles: a place of contradiction, hallucination and mystery, at once “political and poetic.” I keep his portrait of Los Angeles at the forefront as he introduces Soulier.
 
 
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Festival of Talent: “WALKING ON SUNSHINE”

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VENTURA EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP presents the 17th Annual
Festival of Talent: “WALKING ON SUNSHINE”
A Benefit Talent Show for VUSD
Ventura, CA – Ventura Education Partnership will present the 17th Annual Festival of Talent: “Walking on Sunshine” on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The performance is open to the public and showcases the amazing talent of Ventura Unified School District students, staff and family members. ,Brian McDonald, Rubicon Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director, will direct the show for his tenth and final year.
 
Ashlynn Vaglica of Ventura High sings ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ backed up by the Harmonix  
Photo Credit: Loren Haar / Lore Photography
 
 
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MAR
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The Music Academy of the West’s 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners National Recital Tour Begins March 22

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Soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell and pianist Christina Giuca will perform in recital on tour in March 2018 in Houston, Santa Barbara, Chicago, and New York City
Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West proudly hosts the nation’s premiere annual competition for song recitals, the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Academy fellows have competed annually since 1997. This year, the competitors performed for a panel of esteemed judges – Marilyn HorneRenée Fleming, and Jake Heggie. The 2017 winners of the Competition, soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell and pianist Christina Giuca, will perform a program including the world premiere of a song cycle written by Jake Heggie, who was a guest composer at the Music Academy this summer.
 
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MAR
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GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE EXTENDS “SELL/BUY/DATE” THROUGH APRIL 15

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“SELL/BUY/DATE” AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE EXTENDS THROUGH APRIL 15
 SARAH JONES’ ONE-WOMAN PLAY OPENS TONIGHT; DIRECTED BY CAROLYN CANTOR
 
LOS ANGELES, CA  – The Geffen Playhouse today announced that Sell/Buy/DateSarah Jones’ critically acclaimed one-woman show, will extend for one week and run through
Sunday, April 15. Written and performed by Jones and directed by Carolyn Cantor,Sell/Buy/Date opens tonight in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.
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West Coast Premiere of a Comedy Play in One-Act

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Theatre Planners Presents
West Coast Premiere of a Comedy Play in One-Act
L.O.V.E.R.
Tales of Love and Lust from a #GrownUpWomansPOV
 
LOS ANGELES, Calif.  — Accomplished actress Lois Robbins takes us on a poignant and comic journey as one woman explores her sexual history, in what ultimately becomes her coming of age story, L.O.V.E.R. Directed by Sonia SebastianL.O.V.E.R. opens on April 13, running through May 12 at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue.

L.O.V.E.R.
 is a riff on childhood, adolescents and finally adulthood from a grown-up woman’s point of view. Robbins’ one-act comic play first workshopped in June 2017 at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, NY.

 
 
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SB Choral Society’s 70th Anniversary Concert announced

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As the Choral Society turns 70 and Conductor JoAnne Wasserman takes the podium in her 25th season, she's programmed a 70th Anniversary Concert repertoire that features a work never yet performed during her tenure and spans the choral cannon from the classical to the modern, reflective of the uninterrupted journey from the venerable chorus’s inception just post WWII to today. 
 
Rena Harms, Soprano
 
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