“Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evil Doers” at Los Angeles Theatre Center

I have seen and reviewed many one-person shows over the years. I love the bravery of the genre. Some have been brilliant, some disasters, but none are more exciting and unique than performance artist José Torres-Tama’s Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evil Doers. In a scintillating, utterly absorbing seventy-five minutes, Mr. Torres-Tama dissects the current immigrant … Continue reading “Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evil Doers” at Los Angeles Theatre Center

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”at International City Theatre

As much a searing drama as a vocal concert, Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is the story of Billie Holiday’s life, a life filled with the joy of music and the pain of living in a segregated society that scorned and punished black people for the sin of their very existence. … Continue reading “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”at International City Theatre

“The Abuelas” at Antaeus Theatre Company

As I was absorbing Stephanie Alison Walker’s new play, The Abuelas, a song burbled up in my fevered brain. It was “Desaparecido,” from Spanish singer-songwriter Manu Chao’s debut album, Clandestino. Back in the miserable Seventies, a brutal military junta took power in Argentina. Anyone who opposed this coup were told “to make themselves invisible, or … Continue reading “The Abuelas” at Antaeus Theatre Company