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Archive for February 2013

Company, Crown City Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger.

 

Company by Stephen Sondheim.

 

Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Stephen Sondheim composed the lyrics and score to his innovative “concept musical” in 1970, with book by George Furth. For a comedy musical about love, it proves resolutely unromantic and honest. And, surprisingly, its acerbic wit and laser-like scrutiny of marriage, dating and relationships does not feel at all dated. Director Albert Marr’s incorporation of cellphones and Facebook effortlessly adds a contemporary feel.  Read more…

 

 

Oklahoma! Musical Theatre West

 

Oklahoma! by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

 

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

Written in 1943 by musical titans Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! was a theatrical milestone that changed the face of musical theater forever.   Read more…

 

David C. Nichols – LA Times

A bright golden haze of timeless musical theater invention suffuses Oklahoma! at the Carpenter Center. It carries Musical Theatre West’s affable, fleet-footed 70th anniversary revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s indestructible 1943 classic past some minor oddities in casting and tone.   Read more…

 

 

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Colony Theatre Company

Photo by Michael Lamont.

 

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley.

 

Sharon Perlmutter – TalkinBroadway.com

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is the sort of play that screams “regional theatre staple.” A four-character comic thriller, it doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is: a sometimes funny, sometimes jump-inducing diversion. In its Los Angeles premiere production at the Colony Theatre, it is perfectly executed. This is a show that won’t leave you debating about anything in the car on the way home, but it will leave you smiling, feeling solidly entertained.  Read more…

 

 

Cassiopeia, The Theatre @ Boston Court

Photo by Ed Krieger.

 

Cassiopeia by David Wiener.

 

Sharon Perlmutter – TalkinBroadway.com

David Wiener’s Cassiopeia is beautiful, intelligent, and delightful to listen to. To be sure, it isn’t much of a play. The script itself calls the piece a “duet,” which does seem a bit closer to the truth. It’s two poetic monologues, inextricably intertwined and occasionally interspersed with an actual scene. Read more…

 

 

Walking the Tightrope, 24th Street Theatre

Photo credit: Cindy Marie Jenkins.

 

Walking the Tightrope by Mike Kenny.

 

David C. Nichols – L.A. Times

Delicately poised between children’s fable and adult reverie at once, only to become another transcendent thing altogether, “Walking the Tightrope” at 24th Street Theatre delivers the evocative, cathartic goods.  Read more…

 

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

A highly theatrical, stylized production for all ages that utilizes poetic language, circus arts, live music and multi-media to explore themes of grief and loss, Walking the Tightrope makes its West Coast premiere debut in Downtown Los Angeles. Presented by LAb24, 24th STreet Theatre’s resident experimental theater company, this show provides a unique experience for families and plays to adults and kids on multiple levels.  Read more…