“The Madwoman in the Volvo” at South Coast Repertory

Sandra Tsing Loh’s new performance piece, The Madwoman in the Volvo, now in its world-premiere engagement at South Coast Repertory, is a knockout tour de force derived from her highly regarded book The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, which in turn was inspired by her Best American Essay published in The … Continue reading “The Madwoman in the Volvo” at South Coast Repertory

“Miravel, or The Promise of Alphonso Bloch” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

It’s an audacious undertaking, this thorny jazz musical; a love story wrapped up in a conundrum. “Miravel, or The Promise of Alphonso Bloch” – written by Jake Broder, with music and lyrics by Jake Broder, starring Jake Broder and featuring the amazing Jake Broder at the piano – draws a cue from Rostand’s “Cyrano” and … Continue reading “Miravel, or The Promise of Alphonso Bloch” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at Long Beach Shakespeare Company

The rightly revered poet, Dylan Thomas, famed for his unique way with words strung together with cunning juxtapositions of noun, adverb and adjective, has brightened Yuletide for decades now with his poetic prose piece “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” A reminiscence of a Christmas childhood in Swansea, Wales, the lyric work came to prominence with … Continue reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at Long Beach Shakespeare Company

“Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Slim and elegant, Julia Migenes wafts onto the Odyssey stage, which is bare save for a baby grand, a chair, two or three crates and a ladder. She chats up the audience with easy self-effacing humor, then launches into the whys and wherefores of an evening of Kurt Weill songs. Establishing a warm rapport with … Continue reading “Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble