The Seasons Have Been Announced

Summer isn’t generally a time to plan ahead.  The summer forces us at least to try to forget what day of the week it is and we wouldn’t want to bring you crashing back into the reality of fall before needed; although fall in LA isn’t really like crashing into reality considering we won’t see rainfall until January.  In any case, we just got really excited about the upcoming 2009/2010 seasons at various arts establishments we had to share them! So get your Blackberrys out and start filling up your fall calendar, but don’t take any blazers or scarves out just yet.

In the theatre department, A Noise Within has got a fall and spring lineup that will literally make you cry and laugh.  Their fall shows include the dramatic Richard III by William Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Noises Off by British import Michael Ryan.  With the spring comes more laughs starting with Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing followed by Irish playwright John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.  If we could only choose two, we’d likely head to Noises Off and Much Ado About Nothing, but we’re suckers for chaotic comedy, comic romance, and imports from the UK.


s_walt-disney-concert-hall1On track with theatre, we find that Center Theatre Group has three lineups we ought to share.  Featured at the Kirk Douglas Theatre are works by Danai Gurira, Obie Award-winning Lisa Kron, and Malcolm McDowell in Tynan.  Over at the Mark Taper Forum, you’ve got Oleanna on view now and in the fall comes Tony Award-winning Parade.  Then once Spamalot closes at the Ahmanson, August Osage County takes its place, followed by Mary Poppins and Dreamgirls.

The LA Philharmonic has quite a season coming up and it’s not just because I’m crazy for Verdi’s Requiem (being performed in November).  Gustavo Dudamel is coming! When his new job starts in October, he’ll be conducting the LA Phil through a season full of Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, and Ravel with guest performances throughout including the Berlin Philharmonic and Anjelique Kidjo.

Over in Westwood at UCLA Live, the 2009/2010 season has a taste for everyone.  Kicking off the season, Annette Benning will star in Medea followed by Societas Raffaello Sanzio’s Purgatorio, inspired by the Divine Comedy.  Other performances include Culture Clash, Carlos Fuentes, and the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour.

So now you’ll know where to find us in the coming months.  We’ll let you know if we end up changing our plans, but it will take a really good season to change our plans – the summer’s for being spontaneous, but for the fall we’re all booked up!

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