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MARAT/SADE at the Long Beach Playhouse

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Shirle Gottlieb – Stage Happenings

“Marat/Sade” (subtitled “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade” was written by Peter Weiss, set in 1808 after the French Revolution was over, and directed by Andrew Vonderschmitt. A Long Beach Playhouse production, it was not as successful as previous LBP Studio Theatre dramas have been. Read more…

Now running through July 9

ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE at Pacific Resident Theatre

Photo by Vitor Martins

Photo by Vitor Martins

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Eccentricities of a Nightingale was Tennessee Williams’ 1951 rewrite of his earlier Summer and Smoke. It was supposedly his preferred version of the story, and one can see why. The main character of Alma is more clearly delineated, and the drama springs more from her choices than from fate. The current production at Pacific Resident Theater benefits from Dana Jackson’s sensitive direction and a knockout lead performance. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

With “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” Tennessee Williams’ 1951 revision of his earlier play “Summer and Smoke,” Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice ends its 30th anniversary season on a quietly remarkable note. Read more…

Now running through August 14

THE CLEAN HOUSE at Little Fish Theatre

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Dany Margolies  -  Press-Telegram

Healing and forgiveness are the stuff of solid old-time storytelling. But playwright Sarah Ruhl guides her characters down fresh, quirky paths to those results in “The Clean House.” Read more…

Now running through July 17

 

DISGRACED at the Mark Taper Forum

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Because of the confluence of events surrounding the American presidential election — including Donald Trump’s provocative and unconstitutional attempts to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., the mass shootings in Orlando, and the heated debate about how to deal with Muslim terrorists, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Disgraced seems even more relevant than when it was written. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Let’s start with the set. Because, by the time playwright Ayad Akhtar’s roiling “Disgraced” has simmered down into its introspective ending, the audience at the Mark Taper Forum will likely have forgotten that there is a set — or indeed, that this is only a play. Read more…

Now running through July 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE SKY at the Geffen Playhouse

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Photo by Darrett Sanders

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The marital problems of an upper-middle-class couple (with particular focus on the vague discontent of an adulterous wife) are the stuff of soap opera.   Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Broadway director John Rando brings the witty comedy Big Sky to the Geffen with a talented cast and a script that plays on conventions of the 1980s, but reflects how times have not changed when it comes to American’s obsession with wealth above all. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

A family faces a confluence of crises during an Aspen blizzard. Making its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse is playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros’ dramedy Big Sky, directed by John Rando. It’s a lively work, full of relatable, if affluent (at least at first glance) white characters, who are definitely privileged.  Read more…

Now running through July 17

HOME/SICK at the Odyssey Theatre

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Photo by Nick Benacerraf

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Most of American society tends to regard terrorism as a contemporary phenomenon, part of our unshakeable conviction in the uniqueness of our own experience. In fact, terrorism has been a constant in world politics since at least the French Revolution, inevitably perceived in terms ranging from ignoble to glorious. So The Assembly’s production of Home/Sick, a reimagining of the Weather Underground experience from 1969 to 1978, now running at the Odyssey Theatre, may play for different audiences as a cautionary tale, Read more…

Now running through July 3

THE TOXIC AVENGER at Sacred Fools Theatre

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

Radioactive laughter courses through Good People Theater Company’s “The Toxic Avenger,” wreaking sublimely silly havoc at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.    Read more…

Now running through June 26

SPEAKING IN TONGUES at the Matrix Theatre

Photo by Suzanne Strong

Photo by Suzanne Strong

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Australian Theatre Company, formed by local Aussie talent to showcase their national theater literature, returns to the Matrix after their successful 2014 debut, Holding the Man, with a double presentation (not in repertory) of two major opuses playing alternately through a four week run: Read more…

Now running through July 2

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at International City Theatre.

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Three great characters of classic dramatic literature don’t exactly appear in Christopher Durang’s tender comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” But they inspire the personalities and circumstances of the play, and show us what’s in a name, in this production from Long Beach’s International City Theatre. Read more…

Shirle Gottlieb – Stage Happenings

Any theater aficionado can tell you that Anton Chekhov was one of the world’s leading playwrights. Born in Russia in the last half of the 19th-Century, he lived in poverty with an abusive father–in a, controlling country with a rigid class structure–until he put himself though medical school and became a doctor. With a  humanitarian outlook on life, Chekhov helped those in need during the day; and wrote his impressions of life as he knew it at night. Read more…

Now running through July 3

BULL at The MET Theatre

Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Mike Bartlett’s Bull, a loose companion piece to his play, Cock, is witty and devastating in its depiction of workplace cruelty. Although it can be hard to watch, Rogue Machine’s West Coast premiere is a terrific production, tightly directed by Jennifer Pollono and brilliantly acted by a superb ensemble. Read more…

Now running through June 26

THE LITTLE MERMAID at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Walt Disney’s legacy is more than just a mouse or an amusement park. He set in motion a juggernaut that includes films, both live, animated, or a combination of both; award-winning music; television programming; radio programs; and theatrical productions, mostly based on his animated films. McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s newest offering is The Little Mermaid, directed by Glenn Casale, who was charged with enriching and enlivening the original Broadway production with special effects. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

It shouldn’t shock anybody to hear that McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s new production of “The Little Mermaid” at La Mirada Theatre is a treat for the eyes and ears. Read more…

Now running through June 26

ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE at the Lounge Theatre

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Matt Morillo’s compelling comedy/drama All Aboard The Marriage Hearse depicts what happens when a longtime couple discovers they fundamentally disagree about the concept of matrimony. Read more…

Now running through June 19