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Bewitched: America’s Puritan past - and present

"Abigail/1702" reminds us of America's primal sins and psychoses, and ponders the deeply reactionary side of U.S. history.

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Love and Mozart conquer all: "The Marriage of Figaro"

The overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 1786 masterpiece "The Marriage of Figaro" is among the most popular in opera.

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Monkey biz: "Trevor" on stage

Circle X Theatre Co.'s production of Trevor is a true gem that makes venturing forth to L.A.'s live stages a rewarding endeavor well worth the effort.

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The original working class hero: Figaro, Figaro, "Figaro"!

This noisy production of Figaro is playwright Charles Morey's freewheeling adaptation of the 1786 "The Marriage of Figaro."

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Today in women’s history: Musical theater diva Julia Migenes is born

Julia Migenes, the American mezzo-soprano working primarily in musical theater repertoire, was born on this date.

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Let them eat opera: "The Ghosts of Versailles"

A specter is haunting opera in this epic about revolution by Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano and librettist William Hoffman.

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West Coast premiere of "Hellman v. McCarthy"

As a Hollywood Blacklist historian, I've eagerly looked forward to seeing the fact-based "Hellman v. McCarthy."

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Radical dude: Figaro unbound

L.A. Opera has launched "a city-wide celebration of the revolutionary spirit of Beaumarchais' "Figaro."

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Florence of Suburbia: “The Vortex” in review

While "The Vortex" contains more than its fair share of sharp banter, it is also a powerful dramedy.

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The Revolution is coming to a theater near you: 1969 in review

One of the great things about the theater is that it can dramatize history, and the people who make it and shake it.

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