X Repertory Company inaugurates its second season by bringing to life The Phantom Lady (running May 13-29), a oft-forgotten classical cloak and dagger comedy by Calderon de la Barca. The Phantom Lady is a sweeping, broad, swashbuckling comedy complete with mistaken identities, sword fights, cowardly adult men and the like - not a hard stretch from Hollywood classics such as The Three Musketeers or The Princess Bride with a dash of the Marx Brothers for good measure.
Artistic Director Aaron Ganz draws from a variety of physical disciplines, ballet in particular, to approach this haphazard physical comedy. In part drawing inspiration from Walt Disney’s Fantasia, which melded of two art forms: one ancient in every shape and form and one barely in its infancy, The Phantom Lady reexamines the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, though through a very different lens: Spanish classical theatre, which, with its archetypes and gestures, blends seamlessly with the structure and poetic movement of ballet.
Utilizing the hundred-year-old structure of Petipa’s original Russian choreography, Ganz and his cast reinvestigate, reinvigorate and re-imagine Calderon’s hidden treasure and enliven the spirit of Los Angeles with this genius of classical theatre, leaving audiences waiting for the next misstep, mishap and ultimately the next laugh.
General Admission: $20. For information, directions, and box office call 213-536-4331 or visit our website at www.xrtc.org
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