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…

Shakespeare Orange County’s The Tempest

The Tempest is considered William Shakespeare’s final play. Its protagonist, Prospero, is a lot like a playwright, orchestrating events on his island with the help of his sorcerer’s book and staff. The other characters are at the mercy of his powerful whim, including his teenaged daughter Miranda, native inhabitant and slave Caliban, and even a…

America in Words and Music at the Richard Goad Theatre

America in Words and Music: A Vaudeville Revue, at the Richard Goad Theatre through July 29, is an entertaining tribute to America’s musical and literary heritage, appropriate for our country’s birthday month. In one hour, four members of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC) sing, dance and recite American classics, ranging from Mark Twain to…

Musical Theatre West’s Mary Poppins– Theatre review

Like its title character, Musical Theatre West’s Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way, from transporting sets to lively performances. If you are a fan of the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins (and who isn’t?), you’ll be pleased that this production, ably directed by Daniel Pelzig, follows the essential storyline. But it also offers…

Long Beach Playhouse’s Guys and Dolls– Theatre view

Guys and Dolls is ostensibly about the battles of the sexes in the tradition of Hollywood’s screwball comedies– men and women outwitting and outwooing each other with a dose of emasculation. Its vaguely 1930s setting is a mythologized, exaggerated vision of New York City where people sincerely use words like “crooks” and “dolls,” gangsters scheme…

Constellations at Geffen Playhouse

Theatre review

Have you ever wondered, “What if?” In Nick Payne’s intriguing play Constellations, at the Geffen Playhouse through July 16, a multiverse that allows the existence of every option we choose, or don’t choose, is deftly portrayed by two actors who keep shifting into different realities, showing us possibilities created by their decisions and indecisions. On…

Long Beach Opera’s Frida

Theatre review

Frida Kahlo is a pop-culture icon. It’s easy to see the appeal– the effortless cool in her photographed portraits, the engaging unease in her self-portrait paintings. Long Beach Opera (LBO) avoids the superficial trappings of mass-market (think: Che on a shirt) appeal in their production of Frida. They beautifully place Kahlo’s political and social radicalism,…