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Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s ‘LAC’ at SCFTA, ‘Lysistrata Jones’ at The Chance

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Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 7–9 with the American premiere of “LAC,” a new interpretation of “Swan Lake” by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the company’s choreographer and director. (The title means “lake” in French; it’s the same story and music remains Tchaikovsky.)

Maillot was appointed artistic director-choreographer of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1993. “LAC” is his third work to be presented at SCFTA, following “Cinderella” in 2012 and “Switch” in last November’s premiere of “Diana Vishneva: On the Edge.” Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo was reestablished in the Principality in 1985 through the commitment of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover in accordance with the wishes of Princess Grace.

“LAC” should be quite a treat if Maillot’s “Cinderella” is any indication of his talents, and given his award-studded resume I suspect it is. Free preview talks conducted by Didier Lambelet, the Ballet’s tour manager, and Jessica Pinal, the company’s publicist, will take place one hour prior to curtain. Call (714) 556-2787 or visit www.scfta.org.

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Finally made it out to The Chance Theater to catch “Lysistrata Jones” (running through March 9), the first show in their new 150-seat space at 5522 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim. But while I was impressed with their comparatively spacious new digs, I was less than charmed by the Douglas Carter Beane-Lewis Flinn musical reworking of the Aristophanes anti-war classic.

I can’t fault director Kari Hayter or choreographer Kelly Todd, whose work deserves high marks, as always. Devon Hadsell makes an appealing lead, as a college cheerleader who refuses to “give it up” to her basketball star boyfriend until the team wins a game; Ashley Arlene Nelson, Robert Wallace, Chelsea Baldree and others provide good support. But the show itself is a shallow as a pep rally and the songs are mostly forgettable. Call 714-777-3033 or visit www.ChanceTheater.com.

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