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22
Jan

Volta is Electrifying New Cirque Show

By Patrick Hurley

Cirque du Soleil returns to Los Angeles with its all new bog top show Volta.

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5
Jan

Solving the Queer Problem Play*

In search of a queer dramaturgy outside of the hegemonic, heteronormative model.

*part two of a three-part essay

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Part Two: The Hegemony Strikes Back

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14
Dec

This Flute Has Plenty of Magic

The Magic Flute, one of the most popular operas of all time, receives a cinematic makeover in the LA Opera’s stunning production, playing now at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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6
Dec

Swan Still Stuns

When art becomes transcendent, it is unlike anything else. There is something sublime, something transportive, as if one is suddenly and rapturously catapulted into a meditative trance, invited into the imaginative rendering of an auteur and his truth. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake: The Legend Returns, playing now at the Ahmanson, is a work of such beauty that its exquisiteness lies in the sheer audacity of its own existence. The re-telling of the classic ballet through the ingenious queer lens of a master storyteller is awe-inspiring.

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17
Nov

Solving the Queer Problem Play*

In search of a queer dramaturgy outside of the hegemonic, heteronormative model.

*Part One of a Three-Part Essay.

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4
Nov

Character

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24
Oct

Plot

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24
Oct

Aristotle and His Elements

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22
Sep

A Play is a Poem is A Play about America.

Five short plays, meant to create a pastiche of Americana comprise Ethan Coen’s A Play is a Poem, and it’s having its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum.

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20
Sep

Beckett Appreciation 101

Few writers are able to capture the imagination through irony, metaphor, and despair as startling or as vividly as Samuel Beckett. His prose has proven as deeply layered and richly textured as a perfectly aged bottle of wine. And much like wine, it is definitely an acquired taste.

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Writes Plays & TV. Rewrites Queer History.

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