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International City Theatre
at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center 330 East Seaside Way Long Beach, CA 90802
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A large group of friends got a quick dinner at The Long Beach Cafe, just across the street from the ICT theater. We then went to the theater and enjoyed FENCES!!! Have an appetite for LB Cafe because the portions are LARGE and very good!
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"Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein"
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attended Jan 23 2011

The set was lovely. The performances, sterling. The music was wonderfully written and performed. So, production-wise, I would give 5 stars. Here is why I gave 3.... I was mystified by much of the dialogue and lyrics. If I had a better...continued

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attended Jan 23 2011

Very enjoyable & fresh.

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attended Jan 23 2011

Gertrude Stein lived quite a life and this is quite a show about that life. The music was written by the composer of "Ragtime" and "Once on an Island" and it is a lovely score. The lyrics are taken from the works of Gertrude Stein and they are...continued

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“…thoroughly fascinating! Not to be missed. A gorgeous score … exquisite.”—Chicago Tribune


International City Theatre kicks off its 2011 “Season of Romantic Adventures” with the West Coast premiere of a musical about loving life, loving thinking, loving making art, and loving love. Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein, adapted from Stein’s writings by Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati, explores the writer’s capricious love affair with language, self expression, and her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas. caryn desai directs and Darryl Archibald is musical director.

Stephen Flaherty’s distinctive score breaks new ground in musical theater, illuminating Gertrude Stein’s world and bringing fresh perspective to her poetic texts. The music evokes diverse spirits of eras past, including Victorian parlor tunes, vaudevillian songs, and even opera, paying homage to Stein’s deep love of the way American language perpetually changes to reflect the voices of the people. It’s a perplexing, exhilarating, hilarious, and emotionally giddy musical that is as unique as Stein herself. In his author’s note, Frank Galati writes that Loving Repeating “explores the tender links between the artistic projects of a poetic genius and the loving relationship at the center of her life.”

The musical follows Stein from her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the “lost generation,” a term she coined referring to those who came of age between the two world wars. She and her celebrated circle of artists, writers, and thinkers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and her beloved “wife” Alice B. Toklas, changed the way contemporary artists see the world and express themselves.

“This is not your ordinary, linear story,” confirms desai. “It’s all poetry, words and music. Stein was so fortunate that Alice did everything for her and allowed her to just create, think and write. Her influence on so many well-known artists was profound.”

About the Ticket Supplier: International City Theatre

ICT is committed to bringing the Southern California community affordable, quality, professional theatre that is entertaining, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally satisfying; and to continuing its growth as a major regional theatre in America.