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Oliver Mayer returns to the boxing ring with his new play, 'Members Only'

Oliver Mayer has tried the way of the fighter and the way of the artist.

He stuck with the latter, becoming a playwright, but the boxing ring continues to inspire him, providing the backdrop to his best-known play, “Blade to the Heat,” as well as a sequel, “Members Only,” that begins previews Thursday for a Saturday opening as a Latino Theater Company production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

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Review: Los Angeles Opera's 'Satyagraha' lives up to Gandhi's ideals

“Satyagraha,” the term Mohandas K. Gandhi designated for nonviolent resistance, is often translated as “truth force.”

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Review: A social media star is born in 'Dear Evan Hansen,' as the hit Broadway musical arrives in L.A. in tip-top form

There are many reasons “Dear Evan Hansen,” the Tony-winning musical that more than lived up to expectations at its glorious opening Friday at the Ahmanson Theatre, has become a cultural phenomenon.

First and foremost, it’s an enthralling show that marries story and song as dexterously as “Fun Home,” “Hamilton” or this year’s Tony-winner, “The Band’s Visit.”

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Review: Danielle Agami's 'Old/News' blends fresh and familiar at Temple Israel of Hollywood

Love is an unwieldy thing. But Danielle Agami’s Ate9 masters both the highs and lows throughout “Old/News,” which opened at Temple Israel of Hollywood on Saturday.

The double bill, featuring a remount of Agami’s “Sally Meets Stu” and her latest work, “Framed,” continues through Monday as part of the L.A.-based dance company’s 2018-2019 season opener.

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Essential Arts: RBG, the art exhibit plus Aztec opera and Helen Molesworth's MOCA swan song

Happy weekend, folks! I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, here to let you know that El Lay has got it going on this week. The essentials:


Adrian Piper, writes Times art critic Christopher Knight, “is one of those artists whose work unpeels like an onion.” The conceptual artist is now the subject of a Hammer Museum retrospective.

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The week ahead in SoCal dance, Oct. 21-28: Ate9, Jacob Jonas The Company and more

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández The company celebrates the dance traditions of Mexico. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. Sun., 6 p.m. $28-$50. (323) 343-6600.

Old/News An updated version of choreographer Danielle Agami’s first work for her Ate9 dance company is paired with her latest solo work.

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