Better Lemons has updated more shows in our calendar with any current postponements, updates, or cancelations due to coronavirus and concerns and actions towards the safety of theatre patrons where larger audiences are expected. Most venues are using directives by Governor Gavin Newsom and California Public Health and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announcements this week as a guide in implementing steps to accommodate for the greater public safety.
The following is a list of venues and shows that we have updated currently. This list includes shows and venues still currently open. Be sure to check with individual venues for any further potential updates or questions.
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Love is hard to explain. Sometimes even to oneself.
Well, not all love. Everyone understands loving babies. And parents' love for their children in general.
And love for dogs and cats. And other pets. And food. (But please, not pets as food.)
But loving theater? It's different in LA and NYC. Yes, that's a generalization, but I've generally found it to be true.
Illustration: when I first came out here, I was looking for a writing agent. I met with a guy at William Morris (before Endeavor was even a word that required a capital E). I asked him if he represented stage scripts as well as film and TV. He gave me a long look, as if translating my sentence into his language, then said, "No, but we respect it."
A lot of people out here are like that. They're like, "Oh yes, I really wish I could see more plays, they are so much more substantial and Human than movies and TV, but I just don't have the time." That's respect. But respect is not love. No explanation is required in NYC when singing the praises of a show you've seen. Before you've reached your noun, your friend has his or her phone out, checking on ticket availability.
Love is unreasoning and compulsive, love feeds on itself. It's not necessarily good for you - in fact it usually isn't - but it's a surefire reason to get up in the morning and to go out at night.
So for those who are afflicted with theater-love - for those who love the avant-garde and for those who love Stephen Sondheim - here are two upcoming events. Both are only for a few performances and could be easily missed. My job as the Twisted Hipster is to make sure you are well informed.
One of Stephen Sondheim's most beloved shows, with a book by the always-masterful Hugh Wheeler, the Broadway production received Six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This concert production will be directed by Laura Stribling, with musical direction by Jennifer Lin. The cast includes Liza Baron, Angela Baumgardner, Carly Bracco, Marc Ginsburg, Erica Hanrahan-Ball, Michelle Holmes, Taj Jageraj, Jennifer Kumiyama, Stanton Morales, Joey Nisivoccia, Sara St Pierre, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Peyton Thomas Tucker, Alison Whitney and Robert Yacko. I saw Ginsburg and Morales perform in their recent Fringe production of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and they were both in fine voice, outstanding. If the rest of the cast is up to their level, it should be a must-see for Sondheim-lovers and afficionados of musicals. Click here for ticket info.
September 28-30: REDCAT SEASON BEGINS WITH CONGOLESE DANCE-THEATRE-MASTER FAUSTIN LINYEKULA'S NEW WORK
This is a poetic, political fairy tale. ... Through exquisite movement and text, Linyekula and his exceptional performers delve into the wrenching history of the Congo and their own childhood stories, as they mourn the loss of a friend. In the process, they are hoping to fashion a new kind of myth that is a truer reflection of their lives."