Peter and the Starcatcher at Long Beach Playhouse

With exuberance galore, an enthusiastic cast of younger performers infuses Long Beach Playhouse’s Peter and the Starcatcher with the magic of imagination. Continuing through May 5, this production will delight adults with its humorous wordplay and fascinate children with Peter Pan’s fantastical origin story. Set in 1885, the story by Rick Elice– first staged in…

Musical Theatre West’s Nice Work If You Can Get It

What could be nicer than a new musical comedy based on a mélange of Gershwin songs? Though set in 1927 Prohibition-era New York, Musical Theatre West’s (MTW) raucous production of Nice Work If You Can Get It, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through April 22, is anything but old-fashioned, fueled by forbidden booze, risqué…

Love Never Dies at the Pantages Theatre

Raise your hand if you think Christine should have stayed with the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical Phantom of the Opera. Sure, the Phantom could be creepy and possessive, and okay, a little manipulative. But that’s only because he was never loved, right? You’ll be happy to know the Phantom gets another chance…

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Falstaff and Prince Hal

In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday month, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC) is presenting two “old-time radio” plays, the first of which, Falstaff and Prince Hal, continues at the Richard Goad Theatre through April 15 and centers on the boozing, exaggeration-prone Sir John Falstaff and his witty interactions with the young Prince Henry, or…

Theatre review | Cal Rep’s Antigone X

Fortunately, like the students currently protesting for gun-control laws, young people have often spoken up to remind those in charge to do what’s right. Antigone in California Repertory’s Antigone X, at California State University Long Beach’s (CSULB) Studio Theatre through April 8, is one such defiant voice, acting against the orders of her uncle the…

Long Beach Opera’s The Invention of Morel

The Invention of Morel combines two unexpected modes– science fiction and opera– into a fascinating, metaphysical tragedy. Composed by Stewart Copeland (The Police’s co-founder and drummer, as press releases are keen to mention) and with a libretto by Jonathan Moore, Morel filters a classic science-gone-awry tale through themes of alienation, obsession and control. Morel is…

Pack of Lies at Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach Playhouse’s Pack of Lies is the kind of play that stays with you long after you’ve left the theater. It’s not only interesting, thought-provoking and well acted (the entire cast is exceptional, embodying their characters so naturally that it’s easy to forget they’re acting), it also confronts you with unsettling ethical questions. In…

MoLAA exhibit to honor work of late conceptual artist

The Museum of Latin-American Art (MoLAA) will soon host Extracorporeal (Beyond the Body), an exhibition curated by Edward Hayes and dedicated to the late conceptual artist Ana Mendieta (Cuba, 1948–1985). On the 70th anniversary year of her birth, the exhibition explores her aesthetic footprint in today’s contemporary art practices. Antonio Paucar (Peru, b. 1973), Carmen…

Daddy Long Legs at International City Theatre

Though Daddy Long Legs is based on a 1912 novel, the 2009 musical adaptation at International City Theatre (ICT) through March 11 has a very modern feel. Its story of an orphaned young woman sent to college by a mysterious benefactor is told mostly (and wonderfully) through song, with melodic tones that enhance its characters’…

Four artists’ works to be featured in site-specific installation

Greenly Art Space in Signal Hill will host an opening reception of Pratipadyate, a site-specific installation, on Saturday, March 10. The exhibit’s title is the Sanskrit word for “one who paths,” according to the gallery’s owners, and the four artists participating in the show are using a variety of media and methods to transform the…

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s King John

As the first play in its “seldom seen Shakespeare” season, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s (LBSC) King John, at the Richard Goad Theatre through March 17, offers a fresh take. Director Brandon Cutts, protégé of recently deceased artistic director Helen Borgers, invites audience participation and brings out subtexts within the history play that make it…

Musical Theatre West’s Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is a musical with a lot going for it– colorful characters from the New York City underground, rousing songs, humor, energizing dance numbers and a quick trip to Cuba. And in Musical Theatre West’s (MTW) capable hands, it (literally!) sings. The set of the early 1950s musical, which is based on short…

Black Coffee at the Long Beach Playhouse

With a cast of 12 characters that includes a nuclear scientist, a disgruntled secretary, two Italians and a butler, Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, continuing at the Long Beach Playhouse through Feb. 10, offers a potentially strong brew. Stir famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot into the mix and you’ve got a compelling cup of complicated mystery.…

Long Beach Playhouse, improv troupe team up for original comedy

One of the staples of Long Beach Playhouse’s Collaborative each year has been Held2gether, Improv for Life’s original sketch-comedy shows, and this year marks the fifth annual collaboration between the Long Beach entities. The original sketch compilation has added a Thursday preview night, running March 1 to March 3 in the Studio Theatre. The all-new…