Arts & Entertainment
A&E News Briefs
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 13
Musical Theatre West presents one-night-only concert version of “Kismet” as part of the Reiner reading series on the CSULB campus on Sunday, June 30 at 7 p.m. “Stranger in Paradise,” “Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” and “Not Since Ninevah” grace the score of this Middle Eastern-flavored tale with music based on the scores of Borodin. Hajj, the beggar and poet, spins his rhymes in the court of the Wazir and catches the eye of the Wazir’s mistress, Lalume, while Hajj’s daughter Marsinah, unbeknownst to her, has turned the head of the young Caliph. General Admission tickets are $25 ($30 day of performance) and are available online at www.musical.org or by calling the box office at (562) 856-1999 Ext. 4.
International City Theatre invites you to see the Helen Hayes Best Play Award-winning comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone for just $35 to any performance. Written by two-time Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl, this quirky play has been given “Four Stars” by the Press-Telegram and called a “fanciful dramedy” by the Beachcomber. Dead Man’s Cell Phone runs through June 30. To take advantage of this offer, use code Gordon13 and call (562) 436.4610 or visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.
Local artist Dean Triolo will headline a one-man art exhibit to be presented July 6 through July 28 by the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, 737 Pine Avenue. Triolo, known for his dazzling and energetic abstracts, has works that hang in collections from West Hollywood to Switzerland. His art has appeared in the A&E TV series “Designing Blind,” and recently his “Expectations Yellow,” an oil on wood panel, was selected as part of the California Contemporary Art Collection at the California State Capitol Museum.
Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band will play rock n roll, blues, jazz, reggae, funk & Latin grooves on Sunday, July 14, 5-7:30 p.m. at the end of the Peninsula, 7201 E. Ocean Blvd. as part of the City of Long Beach Peninsula Summer Concerts in the Park. Participants include Gregg Young (guitar/vocals), Andrea Palm (vocals), Raffia Ford (vocals), Dani Phoenix (vocals), Kirkwood Coakley (bass/vocals), Casey Jones (drums/vocals), Jorge Bermudez (percussions), Ming Freeman (keyboards). Admission is free and the public is invited.
The Long Beach Playhouse Studio presents an imaginative retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” In this adaption Athenian law forbids gay marriage. With the help of the Fairy King and Queen, their mischievous servant Puck, and a band of plucky amateur thespians, two pairs of same-sex lovers take a hilarious course of misplaced affection, and we learn that true love doesn’t necessarily have to be only a dream. July 27 through Aug. 24. www.lbplayhouse.org.
South Coast Repertory’s 50th Season features new and classic works. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman opens the season (Aug. 30 -Sept. 29). Among five world premieres are Rest by Samuel D. Hunter and Trudy and Max in Love or That Forever Feeling (an affair in twenty four scenes) by Zoe Kazan. Other productions include 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel, and Tartuffe by Moliere. www.scr.org.