Arsenic and Old Lace at Long Beach Playhouse

Arsenic and Old Lace is a throwback to a distinctly retro sensibility. It’s a classic comedy of manners, a dark farce laced with a morbid, chemical undercurrent. Screwball antics, sarcastic jabs and silly errors abound. The 1940s setting is a charming, quaint time capsule to a very different America. Thankfully, any ‘40s references are easy…

International City Theatre’s Home

Samm-Art Williams’s 1980 Tony Award-nominated play Home spans three decades in the life of Cephus Miles, recounting episodes in a rhythmically poetic way, through songs and spun yarns. In International City Theatre’s current production of Home, we glide through Cephus’s life on a magic carpet of words with three actors who brilliantly embody their characters.…

Musical Theatre West’s In the Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda is enjoying more than a moment right now with his musical Hamilton, for which tickets are notoriously hard to come by. Fortunately, Musical Theatre West is presenting In the Heights, Miranda’s earlier, Tony Award-winning musical, offering rap-inflected songs tinged with Spanish and energetic choreography that convey the dreams and disappointments of a close-knit…

Cabaret at Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

Confidence! If you’re going to perform risqué numbers during the rise of Nazism in pre-WWII Germany, you need a lot of it. And confidence is exactly what the team of actors in Long Beach Playhouse Studio’s Cabaret exudes in spades, making the show both thrilling and chilling, especially given the rising prejudices of our own…

Dracula at Long Beach Playhouse

Horror stories reflect the societal fears of the time periods they were conceived in, and more often than not, are all too relevant generations later. For instance, worries about immigration, dangerous foreigners and social, scientific and technological change pervade society today just as they did in the Victorian Era in which Dracula, the play adaptation…

Artist’s work exemplifies hero’s journey

Menduina Schneider Gallery, 366 West 7th St. in San Pedro, will host a solo exhibit of work by artist Lauren Redding entitled Of Silver and Sword through the month of October. The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6pm. Jorge Schneider, who co-owns the gallery with his wife Alejandra, explained…

All in the Timing at Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

Some experiences can only be had in the theatre. All in the Timing by David Ives, continuing at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre through Sept. 30, provides just such an event through a set of six rollickingly absurdist one-act comedies. Each of the six pieces was chosen from Ives’s collection, and dynamically directed, by…

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Richard Goad Theatre

Love’s labor– the royal pain of getting the person you love to love you back– lies at the heart of William Shakespeare’s farcical play Love’s Labour’s Lost, produced by the Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC), directed by Helen Borgers and Brandon Alexander Cutts and continuing at the Richard Goad Theatre through Sept. 16. The King…

Silent Sky at International City Theatre

Where exactly are we in the universe? Henrietta Leavitt’s real-life passion pursuing that question propels Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, at International City Theatre through Sept. 10. Given that Leavitt, as a woman, was not even allowed to look through the telescope at Harvard Observatory, where she worked in the early 1900s as a “human computer,”…

Shakespeare Orange County’s Henry IV, Part I

It wouldn’t be summer without outdoor Shakespeare. Directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb, Shakespeare Orange County’s production of Henry IV, Part I delivers the perfect diversion: political plotting, pranks, romance, swordfights and the comedic wisdom of a portly drunk. What’s more, seating is up on stage, so you won’t miss a moment of the action and amusement.…

Exhibit to feature contemporary Caribbean art

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, curated by Tatiana Flores, will be on view at the Museum of Latin-American Art (MoLAA) from Sept. 16 to Feb. 25. The exhibit features 21st Century art of the Caribbean, as seen through the framework of the archipelago. While it is common for scholars to stress the…

Event to highlight artistic achievements, education

The Arts Council for Long Beach will host its annual State of the Arts event in partnership with the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6pm to 9pm. The event brings together residents, the creative community and city leaders to celebrate the arts in Long Beach. In addition to announcing new…

Cowboy Versus Samurai at Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

Comedic crisis ensues in Cowboy Versus Samurai when the only two men of Asian descent in Breakneck, Wyoming (pop. 1,000) are joined by an Asian-American woman, who happens to prefer their white “cowboy” friend over either of them. This play by Michael Golamco, at the Long Beach Playhouse (LBPH) Studio Theatre through Aug. 19, cleverly…

New partnerships launch Long Beach art walk downtown

Local business owners Marty Meier and Michael Mosselli will launch Long Beach Art Walk on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 4pm to 10pm. The new art walk stretches from 1st Street to 4th Street along Linden Avenue and Elm Avenue. Eight galleries and 22 business will be participating in the launch. With the support of East…