RECOMMENDED FOR AUGUST 2012

George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Heartbreak House’ at Theatricum Botanicum, June 9 – Sept 30 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
You don’t get too many chances to see this clever work from Shaw. The cast features some fine actors, including the ever-wonderful Dennis Hunt and Susan Angelo.’

Anaheim International Dance Festival, Aug 10-12 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A festival dedicated to bringing arts supporters together, cultivating new audiences via an immersion experience into the world of dance, and gathering the most highly talented international artists to share and develop their art form.

Macbeth at Antaeus, July 12 – Aug 26  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
With Jessica Kubzansky  set to direct. Shakespeare’s bloodiest couple do battle with their own consciences in the compelling psychological and political thriller that follows Macbeth’s transformation from battlefield hero to bloody tyrant. Based on reviews, this has been upgraded to “Highly Recommended.”

Red’ at the Taper, Aug. 1-Sept 10, 2012 NOT TO BE MISSED
Winner of the 2010 Tony for Best Play. Explores the brain of artist Mark Rothko.

‘God of Carnage’ at the Old Globe, Through Sept 2 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Two sets of parents gather in an upscale Brooklyn home to discuss a playground altercation between their sons, but decorum flies right out the window and leads to a hilarious afternoon of name-calling, tantrums and tears.

Southwest Chamber Orchestra at the Huntington, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 26. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A gorgeous series celebrating…Julia Child, with food, of course.

Dudamel and Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl, August 7 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Schumann’s Cello Concerto, with the world’s most famous cellist in the starring role. Tchaikovsky’s passionate, ultra-Romantic Fourth Symphony rounds out the evening.

Dudamel conducts ‘Rigoletto’ at the Hollywood Bowl, August 10 WORTH THE RISK
The acoustics at the Bowl may not be ideal for opera, but Dudamel and Verdi are a winning combination.

Dudamel and Domingo! at the Bowl, Aug 19 NOT TO BE MISSED
Could be a “moment in L.A. Musical History:” The hot young conductor  and the veteran maestro at the iconic L.A. venue. The program will include “Well-known arias and Latin American melodies.”

‘Carmina Burana’ at the Hollywood Bowl, August 30  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Paired with Mendelsohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music. Sounds like a great summer evening. The Master Chorale belts out the ever-strange and commanding  ‘Carmina.’

‘The Fantasticks,’ Theatre West, Aug. 31-Oct 7, 2012 WORTH THE RISK

Theatre West consistently produces exceptional revivals of classic plays. The ageless classic musical of young love and parental plotting features one of musical theatre’s most beautiful scores. “Try to Remember,” “Soon it’s Gonna Rain” and “They We’re You” all became standards well before the show became the longest running theatrical production in US history. The story itself is a bit odd, and must be handled just right. Reviews of this production have been a tad mixed, but there’s enough enthusiasm from critics to make it worth the risk.

 

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