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TABLE MANNERS at the Little Fish Theatre

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(Photo by Mickey Elliott)

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Ultra-prolific English playwright Alan Ayckbourn has a silly side. But his characters very much seem like real-life people, even while their circumstances are comically heightened or even outrageous. Read more…

Now running through May 21

THE FANTASTICKS at Crown City Theatre

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Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Known as the world’s longest-running musical (Off-Broadway from 1960-2002), this fanciful fable by composer Now running thhrough June 5 is widely considered a gem. Alternating whimsy, Shakespearean-flavored romance, slapstick and slightly darker elements, the simple love story has a classical feel.   Read more…

Now running through June 5

CURRENCY at VS. Theatre

Stephanie Fishbein Photography

Stephanie Fishbein Photography

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

This world premiere comedy from Los Angeles playwright Jennie Webb has its moments of glorious insanity and humor, but not enough of them to make it a full-on success. Read more…

Now running through May 21

THE BOY FROM OZ – Celebration Theatre at the Lex

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Paul Birchall – Stage and Cinema

What makes this boisterous jukebox musical about the life of late music and stage legend Peter Allen (whose songs make up the show’s core) so winning, is the combination of larger-than-life excess and the piquant whiff of melancholy – all of which are frankly irresistible to a wide swath of showtune-loving patrons. Read more…

Now running through June 19

 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Tradition is a cornerstone of civilization. It tells us what our forebears have found essential to life, lets us know what’s expected of us and gives us a framework for raising our children.

But if our children never tried something new, we’d still be living in caves.      Read more…

Now running through May 8

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at the Long Beach Playhouse

Michael Hardy Photography

Michael Hardy Photography

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

One actor dropped his moustache, another dropped his lines. It doesn’t matter whether these were opening-night fumbles or thoroughly rehearsed comedy bits. In Around the World in 80 Days at Long Beach Playhouse, they only add to the fun.     Read more…

Now running through May 7

SECOND SKIN at the Annenberg Beach House

Photo by Sam Hunter

Photo by Sam Hunter

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

A ghost story around the campfire on the beach: It seems like such a natural fit, you almost wonder why you haven’t seen this sort of thing before. But director Kate Jopson’s compelling site specific production of Kristin Idaszak’s moody drama, set a few yards from the thundering surf at twilight on the beach in front of the Annenberg Beach House, is a spectacle that eerily and profoundly mixes the timelessness of a campfire story with the intimacy of therapy session. Read more…

Now running through May 15

FIGHTING SHADOWS at Inner City Arts

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Love, muses Richard Cabral during the opening moments of his autobiographical solo show, means different things to different people, and can even be something different for any one person at different stages in his or her life. Cabral’s perception of love as a young boy, he tells his audience, differed from how he experienced it as a gang member, and then as a prison inmate — and still later as the man he is now. Read more…

Now running through May 8

THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE – Not Man Apart/Highways Performance Space

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Schrödinger’s cat has been in the local theatrical zeitgeist of late. It was used to symbolize the interlocked statuses of life and death in Dirt (which just closed at the Raven Playhouse) and is even more central in Aaron Hendry’s The Superhero and His Charming Wife, a production by the Not Man Apart theater group. Read more…

Now running through May 15

ELECTRICITY at Two Roads Theatre

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Photo by Elizabeth Ige

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Gary (playwright Terry Ray) and Brad (Kevin Scott Allen) are sort of a gay odd couple. Gary is a 28-year-old gay virgin, nerdy and prim, who thinks his homosexuality is a deep dark secret, though everyone at his school refers to him as gay Gary. Read more…

Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

Sparks fly when two gay high school classmates from Ohio reunite in a motel room at four class reunions, between 1983 and 2013. Read more…

Now running through May 22

THE FULL MONTY – 3-D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

“Anybody can take their clothes off. But to do it on a stage, with thousands and thousands of people looking at you? That takes something.” Read more…

Now running through May 8

 

A SINGULAR THEY at the Blank Theatre

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Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

An astonishingly edgy, timely and sensitive drama by Aliza Goldsmith, A Singular They is making its world premiere at the Blank Theatre — and what a singular play it is. Read more…

Now running through May 1