LA Weekly’s Steven Leigh joins the chorus of year-end theater accoladers here.
Again, there is some nice overlap with the Bitter Lemons Best Of as well as McNulty’s and Don Shirley’s, but there are some other nice touches, especially some well-deserved praise for the always adventurous Boston Court in Pasadena. I was hideously remiss in not seeing enough of their shows this year and I plan on making up for that in 2013. Sorry, guys!
But since me and Steven had such a similar man-crush on the currently running Fountain Theatre show, figured I’d highlight it here:
Dance-theater played a larger role than in recent memory on local stages: It reappeared in Shirley Jo Finney’s gorgeous, sexually charged staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water, at Hollywood’s Fountain Theatre. As in The Treatment, the actors narrated and performed their roles simultaneously. Here they also sang stirring chorales. Lithe Diarra Kilpatrick, portraying the disillusioned, sweet-natured track athlete in a mythical housing project in the American South, turned in one of the truly great performances of the year, ably supported by the likes of Peggy Blow, Iona Morris, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Theodore Perkins and Dorian Christian Baucum. (The show has been extended into February.)
Yep yep yeppers.
Don’t miss it, LemonHeads. And be sure to read Steven’s full article. Good stuff.
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