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FALLING FOR MAKE BELIEVE at the Colony Theatre

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

 

FALLING FOR MAKE BELIEVE by Mark Saltzman

 

David Nichols – LA Times

Though the late Lorenz Hart stands near-peerless among Broadway lyricists, his tortured private life remains largely untitled. That is, until “Falling for Make Believe” at the Colony Theatre, wherein a grand cast and 21 classic songs propel Mark Saltzman’s musical study of Hart and his struggles with composer Richard Rodgers, the bottle and the closet.
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COPS AND FRIENDS OF COPS at VS. Theatre Company

Photo by Kate Compton

Photo by Kate Compton

COPS AND FRIENDS OF COPS by Ron Klier.

 

Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

Paul stands by the light of a jukebox. The audience is intrigued, wondering who he is and why he’s there.
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PARADE at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton

Parade

 

PARADE – Libretto by Alfred Uhry, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

 

Les Spindle – Edge on the Net

As daily news flashes are dominated by reports of crippling political divisiveness, accusations of governmental manipulation and heinous acts of violence and bigotry, the masterful 1998 musical “Parade” has never felt more pertinent.
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THE ROYALE at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

 

 

THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez.

 

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

A ferocious cast giving their all in a powerful play—Marco Ramirez’ The Royale is a tremendously satisfying evening of theater, now playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Set in the world of boxing during the early 1900s, we meet a tough young fighter Jay “The Sport” Jackson (David St. Louis). He’s battled his way to the top of his game, having earned the title of black Heavyweight champion. But he feels he deserves the honor of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and to win that crown, he needs to face off against the reigning white heavyweight champion—an unheard of event in this racially divided era.
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Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

Oh, how playwrights have tried to explain why we behave the way we do. Marco Ramirez takes his audience on that exploration in this world premiere. And even though a play about boxing might not sound universal enough, this one is tremendously satisfying in its intellectual and emotional study of the psychology of sports and racism.
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MISS JULIE at the Geffen Playhouse

Miss Julie

 

MISS JULIE by August Strindberg.

 

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Turn-of-the-century Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s naturalistic drama Miss Julie was remarkable in its day for its scandalous subject matter and frank dialogue exchanges. With its scathing commentary on the entrenched class system, passion and power, the play was banned in Britain for nearly fifty years after its publication. Now an updated version is currently playing at the Geffen Playhouse, as re-imagined by one of the most controversial playwrights of our day, Neil LaBute.
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A FLEA IN HER EAR at the Long Beach Playhouse

Photographer, Jonathan Lewis.

Photographer, Jonathan Lewis.

 

A FLEA IN HER EAR by George Feydeau.

 

Shirle Gottlieb for Gazette Newspapers

When someone says the word “farce,” the first name that comes to mind is Feydeau.  Indeed, “farce” and Feydeau are synonymous.
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