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CABARET at the Pantages Theatre

Cabaret

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

What a fun, frolicsome summer musical “Cabaret” is! Get your tickets now to this cheery confection!

Do you see how easy it is to act based on a few words of what you want to hear? To not read further, to fail to ask for supporting facts, to act on simple-minded catchphrases without thinking two steps ahead? Read more…

Now running through August 7

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at the Hudson Backstage Theatre

Photo by Bryan Carpender

Photo by Bryan Carpender

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

With book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham and music by Joshua Saltzman, this schmaltzy romantic musical treads familiar predictable terrain in a pleasantly unfamiliar manner. Loosely based on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, it’s an opposites-attract tale of four young New Yorkers who find true love after tripping over a few bumps on the road. Read more…

Now running through August 7

OBAMA-OLOGY at the Skylight Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Obama-ology, written by Aurin Squire, takes place in 2008 and revolves around a youthful volunteer for the Obama campaign and the life education he receives from his senior colleagues and the folks in the community where he’s working. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Despite the title, Aurin Squire’s play is not really about Barack Obama at all, though he is a dominant offstage presence. The piece tells the tale of Warren (Nicholas Anthony Reid), a middle-class African-American and a Harvard graduate. He’s also a gay vegetarian and a Buddhist, who wants to change the world and be a part of history. Read more…

 

Now running through August 28

ONE OF THE NICE ONES – Echo Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Not all sociopaths reach for a gun.

Some people appear normal until one day an event triggers their rage and they go off the deep end. A few of these individuals turn violent, but others, like Tracy (Rebecca Gray), the loose-lipped but (deceptively) harmless-looking woman at the core of Erik Patterson’s scabrously funny One of the Nice Ones, wreak their anger in less blatant but nonetheless devastating ways. Read more…

Now running through August 21

 

KINGDOM OF EARTH at the Odyssey Theatre

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

No doubt avid theatergoers and especially those fascinated by playwright Tennessee Williams will have already bought tickets to his rarely produced “Kingdom of Earth,” running at West Los Angeles’ Odyssey Theatre. Read more…

Now running through August 14

 

RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This high-spirited biopic of musical entrepreneur John Dolphin (Stu James) is part juke-box musical, part music history, and part a recreation of past performers and their hits.  For those of us old enough to remember the songs and events, it’s a trip down memory lane. Read more…

Now running through August 7

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

 

Photo by Enci Box

Photo by Enci Box

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

One of the definitions of “meta-theatrical” is a theatre piece that constantly reminds the audience that they’re watching a play — one which comments on theatre in general. One famous example of this technique is Our Town, where the Stage Manager — not the narrator, mind you, but explicitly the Stage Manager — tells the audience immediately that watching a play is what they’re doing. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Playwrights love pouncing on our flaws, sometimes with harsh words or warnings for us or with outrageous exaggerations.Read more…

Now running through September 4

right left with heels at City Garage at Bergamot Station

Photo byy Paul Rubenstein

Photo by Paul Rubenstein

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In the fantastical right left with heels, Polish playwright Sebastian Majewski reflects on grim historical events as observed by a pair of shoes once owned by the wife of Joseph Goebbels. Black high-heel pumps with “attitude” they reek of tart sexuality and a sense of privilege. Read more…

Now running through August 14

GREY GARDENS at the Ahmanson Theatre

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(© Craig Schwartz)

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Grey Gardens, based on the 1975 cult classic documentary, is a gem of a one-act musical. Unfortunately, there are two acts. In wanting to flesh out the characters who were captured in the film, book author Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, and lyricist Michael Korie focus the entire first act on backstory that drags the show down.  Read more...

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In concept, Grey Gardens The Musical, about two women who (seemingly) had it all and then lost it, resonates with meaning, especially if you’re a woman. For one thing, it’s a mother-daughter story, of which, unfairly, there are far fewer than father-son. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale were the last century’s East Coast mother and daughter scions who plummeted from wealth to filth. Neither their own inordinate affluence and celebrity nor those of their relatives could save this pair from the physical and mental decay ravaging their lives.     Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

A pair of cantankerous older ladies, mother and daughter, rattle around their enormous derelict mansion in this smash musical based on a legendary 1970s documentary about the downwardly mobile lives of Big and Little Edie Bouvier of the Hamptons. Read more…

Now running through August 14

ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE ONE ACTS PROGRAM B at Atwater Village Theatre

(photo by EST/LA)

(photo by EST/LA)

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Each year Ensemble Studio Theatre stages a festival of one-act plays written by participants in their writing workshop. Program B is one of three collections of plays available to view. Read more…

Now running through July 31

 

THE HILLARY GAME at The Other Space at the Actors Company

 

(Photo by Alex Hoffman)

(Photo by Alex Hoffman)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

I was perplexed by the title The Hillary Game, so I googled it, and got some odd results: There was a Slap Hillary Game, a Kill Hillary Game, and several other violent games attacking Ms. Clinton, and provided by vindictive GOP PACs, and other oddities, none of them helpful. Guy Zimmerman’s play itself is abstract, non-linear, highly verbal, and rather cryptic — typical of the work spawned by the Padua Hills Playwrights. Read more…

Now running through July 17

KING LEAR at the Loft Ensemble

Photo by Shelby Barr

Photo by Shelby Barr

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Lear is one of those roles used to chart an actor’s path in life: the young actor is Romeo, a bit later is Hamlet, and the older actor essays Prospero and Lear. Read more…

Now running through August 14