Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Perlman at the Bowl

Tuesday, September 6 will see famed violinist Itzhak Perlman in an all-Beethoven concert, both as soloist and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Thursday night program features Beethoven’s two romances, the lighthearted Beethoven Symphony No. 8 and the most recognized piece of classical work, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are available at the Bowl Box Office Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 9 p.m., online at Hollywood Bowl.com or through Ticketmaster. Please call (323) 850-2000.

My Name is Rachel Corrie

British actor/director Alan Rickman and award winning journalist and London Guardian editor Katherine Viner have created an impassioned theater piece from the from journals, letters and emails of Rachel Corrie. Corrie is a young activist who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work in the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Susan Angelo directs Sandra Frame as Corrie.

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Presented by the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, “My Name is Rachel Corrie” will be presented on Thursday nights, September 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. It is recommended that you dress casually and bring a light sweater or jacket. If you enjoy picnicking you’ll find that the Botanicum is ideal with its rustic setting. Tickets: $12. They can be purchased by calling (310) 455-3723 or go to www. theatricum. com. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga CA 90290.

LA Opera Presents Cosi Fan Tutte

Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has announced that LA Opera’s production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” (“Women are all Alike”) will open at 2 pm on Sunday, September 18, 2011. It will run for six performances through Saturday, October 8th. The production is the first time the opera has been performed since 1996, even though with its clever plot of two young men going undercover to test the fidelity of their lady loves, it’s one of the most popular of all operas.

Period staging by director Nicholas Hytner deftly blends elegance and farce to emphasize the very real human emotions embedded throughout Mozart’s ravishingly beautiful music. James Conlon conducts a sextext of world-class young performers. Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak makes her La Opera debut as the steadfast Flordiligl, joined by Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose as her sister Dorabella.

As their loves, Albanian tenor Salmir Pirgu returns as Ferrando with Italian Bass-baritone IIdebrando D’Arcangelo as Gugliemo, Italian bass Lorenzo Regazzo and Romanian mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu as the scheming Don Alfonso and Despino. The September 18 performance of “Cosi fan tutte” will be broadcast live on Classical KUSC 91.5 as part of an expanded “LA Opera on Air” radio series. LA Opera’s performances will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012. For schedule and ticket information, visit the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, call (213) 972-8001 or visit www.laopera.com.

Jolson at El Portal Extended to 9/25

I’m pleased to share with you the good news that the Los Angeles premiere of the new musical, “Jolson at the Winter Garden” will be performed from September 6-25, 2011 at the historic El Portal Theatre located in the NoHo Arts Theatre District in North Hollywood. Starring Mike Burstyn as the acclaimed entertainer Al Jolson, “Jolson at the Winter Garden” recreates Jolson’s famous Sunday concerts at the noted New York Broadway theatre, the Winter Garden.

Burstyn will be backed by a live-on stage band and three backup singers. The musical will feature songs made popular by the late singer such as “Swanee,” “My Mammy,” “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby,” “Toot Toot Tootsie,” to name just a few. Mike Burstyn has had an international career entertaining audiences on stage, screen, television, nightclub and concert stages ever since he was three and walked on the stage of the Yiddish Theatre where his parents, actors Pesach Brustein and Lillian Lux, were performing.

Performance Schedule at the El Portal Theatre: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $35, $50, and $60. For tickets and further information please call the Box Office at (877) See-Play (877-733-7529 or buy online at www. ElPortalTheatre.com.

Cabaret at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse

The Reprise Theatre Company production of “Cabaret” opens the 2011- 2012 Reprise season at the UCLA’s Freud Playhouse and will run from September 13 – 25, 2011. The cast features new talents as well as Broadway and West End veterans: Zsach Bandler as Ernst Ludwig, Lisa O’Hare as Sally Bowles, Jeff McLean as Cliff Bradshaw and Katrina Lenk as Fraulein Kost.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, whose critically acclaimed Broadway production of “Ragtime” was nominated for seven 2010 Tony Awards, directs and choreographs “Cabaret.” Christy Crowl, the first female conductor for “Wicked” on its national tour, serves as musical director. Tickets and schedule information are available by going to www.reprise. org or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) 825-2101. The Freud Playhouse at UCLA is located in Macgowan Hall. For more information go to reprise.org.

Poor Behavior at the Taper

Theresa Rebeck’s new play “Poor Behavior” which will be opening Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Theatre, is about lust and deception, marriage and fidelity. A late, drunken argument about morality, history and ethics careens out of control, leaving two marriages and four lives in its wake.

This dark adult comedy asks the questions: Is it adultery if they think you’ve done it? “Poor Behavior” stars Johanna Day, Sharon Lawrence, Reg Rogers and Christopher Evan Welch and is directed by the award-winning Doug Hughes. Tickets and information are available at Center Theatre Group.org or the box office at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628- 2772.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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