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JULIUS CAESAR at Casa 0101

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Steven Leigh Morris  – Stage Raw

Oh my — all that talk of “honor” that runs through Shakespeare’s political tragedy. Brutus (Rachel Gonzalez) murders Caesar (Vance Valencia ) because the leader stands poised to become emperor, which Brutus has concluded is bad for Rome. (“If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’s love to Caesar was no less than his.”) Read more…

Now running through November  16.

DR. FAUSTUS at Atwater Village Studio Theatre

Photo by Mike Ditz

Photo by Mike Ditz

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus is a mighty play in many ways but it also meanders a bit and staying fully focused can be a challenge.  Read more…

Now running through November 23.

BRONIES: THE MUSICAL at the Third Street Theatre

Photo by  Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Nothing in “Bronies: The Musical,” at the Third Street Theater, is as hard to credit as the existence of bronies: adult, primarily male fans of “My Little Pony.” Read more…

Now running through November 2.

ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Margaret Gray – LA Times

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is buzzing with “Encuentro 2014,” a month-long national theater festival organized by the Latino Theater Company, with a repertory of more than 15 productions from across the country.

Among them is “Enrique’s Journey,” based on Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series, published in the Los Angeles Times in 2002 and later expanded into a book, about a Honduran boy’s long struggle to join his mother in North Carolina. Read more…

 

Now running through November  7.

 

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY at the Geffen Playhouse

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Photo by Michael Lamont

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

Sporting a title so long that the average online reader might not even get through it, Discord reconfigures Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit through the filter of Steve Allen’s Emmy-winning 1977-1981 PBS series Meeting of the Minds. Trapped in a locked, baldly-lit white room, three deceased geniuses articulately thrash out their contending views of Scripture as much out of the entrenched stubbornness of their morally compromised egos as their passionate convictions  Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

olitical writer Scott Carter (executive producer of Real Time With Bill Maher) weaves the factual lives of three world icons — Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy, all of whom composed a gospel of Jesus’ teachings — into a fantasy discussion about religion and the failure of our tutors to consistently practice what they preach. Read more…

Now running through November 23.

WEDDING BAND at the Antaeus Company

Photo by Daniel G. Lam

Photo by Daniel G. Lam

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The Antaeus Company is well known for its facility with classical plays, such as King Lear and The Crucible. What may not be so well known is that the group often tries to spotlight excellent plays that are a bit less famous, such as Mrs. Warren’s Profession or The Liar. Following that tradition, Antaeus’ new presentation is Alice Childress’s play, Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black And White. The production is accomplished and enjoyable, with terrific performances, but a couple of under-motivated turns in the plot kept me from completely believing in the play. Read more…

Now running through December 7.

THE DANCE OF DEATH at A Noise Within

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Reviewers and scholars invariably describe Strindberg’s The Dance of Death as depicting a miserable marriage between a dissolute army captain and his bored, embittered wife. The characters are frequently remarked upon as prototypes for Edward Albee’s George and Martha.   Read more…

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Now running through  November 22.

BROOMSTICK at the Fountain Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

“Things aren’t always what they seem” is the main theme of John Biguenet’s play about a strange old woman with magical powers. It’s a piece you want to praise, given how much and how cruelly old women with (or without) magical powers have been maligned over the centuries. Read more…

Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

Playwright John Biguenet’s engaging solo piece takes what looks like a light-weight premise and turns it into something rich and strange. Read more…

 David C. Nichols – LA Times

New Orleans playwright John Biguenet’s ripely poetic tale of an Appalachian crone who may or may not be a witch receives a striking West Coast premiere starring the redoubtable Jenny O’Hara. Read more…

Now playing through November 30.

VENUS IN FUR at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

David Ives’ Tony-nominated 2010 sexual comedy, Venus in Fur, is to eroticism what Yasmina Reza’s Art is to painting. Both are beguiling, erudite parlor games that keep fluttering around the issues they purport to investigate. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 26.

BANSHEE at Theatre of Note

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Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

The West Coast premiere of Brian C. Petti’s Banshee at Theatre of NOTE looks like an old play — it’s an Irish fable, but set in New York, in 1981. Sad sack Junior (Bill Voorhees), now 40, unemployed and recovering from a nervous breakdown, lives with his Irish mother, Kit (Lynn Odell). Junior’s cop brother, Neil (Joe Mahon), gets him a new job on the docks, and introduces him to a lonely, beautiful divorcée-with-child, Cara (Alysha Brady), who, like his mum, speaks in Celtic brogue. Read more…

Now running through Nov. 1

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at the Laguna Playhouse

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

David C. Nichols – LA Times

 Life changes in an instant. The ordinary instant.” And so it did for Joan Didion in 2003, when her husband John Gregory Dunne succumbed to cardiac arrest in their New York apartment.

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Now running through Oct. 30.

DATING IN L.A. WITH NO NIPPLES at the Whitefire Theatre

Photo courtesy of Lisa David

Photo courtesy of Lisa David

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Lisa David is so likable, and her autobiographical show so ingenuous and inspiring, that you can readily forgive its extended length and lack of polish.   Read more…

Now running through Nov. 5.