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EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at the Ahmanson Theatre

 

Photo by Johan Persson

Photo by Johan Persson

Tracey Paleo – Broadway World

It was just what we needed!”

The audience response was joyous. Indeed, that was the very vocal sentiment of so many in the crowd after a triumphant opening night at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown Los Angeles….
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Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Of course, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, since its star, Layton Williams, is an unbridled force of nature. Read more…

Now running through February 2o

THIS WONDERFUL LIFE at the Matrix Theatre

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Terry Morgan  -  Artsbeat LA

It’s a Wonderful Life is now an undisputed holiday classic, but its road to perennial status was as long and difficult as its hero’s journey to happiness. Read more…

Tracey Paleo – Gia on the Move

“It is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people…..” Read more…

Now running through January 3

 

ON SONDHEIM AND ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’

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Shirley – Angeles Stage

Sondheim was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Sondheim was as dead as a doornail.

Yes, those words were inspired by the opening lines of “A Christmas Carol,” but no, I’m not suggesting that Stephen Sondheim was like Scrooge’s ex-partner Jacob Marley — other than the fact that both Sondheim and “Marley” are now…dead.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Ahmanson Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Jonas Schwartz-Owen – Theatermania

The holiday season has come to the Ahmanson Theatre, where London’s Old Vic Theatre has installed its annual A Christmas Carol, with Bradley Whitford playing Scrooge.
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Now running through January 1, 2022

THE BAND’S VISIT at the Dolby Theatre

Photo by Evan Zimmerman

Photo by Evan Zimmerman

Jonas Schwartz-Owen – Theatermania

…The enchanting musical The Band’s Visit, now at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, perfectly embodies the simplicity with which music draws even the most disparate group of people into a gentle harmony.
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Now running through December 19

 

THE CHILDREN at the Fountain Theatre

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Terry Morgan  -  Artsbeat LA

Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children was written before the pandemic, and it’s about the aftermath of a nuclear accident and not a virus, but its vibe of looming doom and concern over what can actually be done to fix things seems very appropriate to our present-day circumstances.
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Now running through January 23, 2022

HEAD OVER HEELS at the Pasadena Playhouse

Photo by Jeff Lorch

Photo by Jeff Lorch

Jonas Schwartz-Owen – Theatermania

Head Over Heels, a jukebox musical featuring the songs of the Go-Go’s, is imaginative, but chaotic; energetic, but deflatingly lacking in comedy.
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Now running through December 12

LIZASTRADA at Getty Villa

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Jonas Schwartz-Owen – Broadway World

During the opening number, the Troubadour Theatre Company, affectionately known to all as the Troubies, comment how thrilled the troupe, and the audience by extension, is to have returned to live theatre. The audience responded with glorious applause, and both the occasion and the Troubies deserve that adulation. Read more…

Terry Morgan  -  ArtsBeat LA

So my first large audience theatre experience since being fully vaccinated featured women sporting two-foot-long phalluses singing Liza Minnelli songs in a Greek amphitheater on the grounds of the Getty Villa. Perhaps this requires some context. Read more…

Now running through October 2.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Alexander Mashikian and Hamilton Davis Weaver

Alexander Mashikian and Hamilton Davis Weaver

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

For 50 years beginning in 1950, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz drew a daily comic strip entitled Peanuts which featured the mis-adventures of a young boy named Charlie Brown and his friends. Read more…

Now running through September 12

WE LIVE ON at The Actors’ Gang

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Stephanie Gal/ndo in We Live On at The Actors’ Gang

Terry Morgan – Arts Beat L.A.

In 1970, journalist Studs Terkel released his book, Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, in which he interviewed people about living through that desperate time and how they made it through. Read more…

Now running through September 4

TAMING THE LION at Theatre 40

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Actor William Haines started his film career in 1922 in bit parts as a contract player for Goldwyn Pictures. After his studio became part of Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1924, the size of his roles increased as did his popularity in silent films.   Read more…

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YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at South Coast Repertory

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Jonas Schwartz-Owen – Broadway World

When I told friends I was seeing You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown as my first live Performance in 18 months, I had to remind them this wasn’t a middle school production, but part of the award-winning South Coast Repertory‘s season. Read more… 

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