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Archive for August 2013 – Page 2

CAPTAIN DIXON vs. THE MOTH SLUTS FROM THE FIFTH DIMENSION at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre

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Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

A nicely acted, crisply directed and neatly written piece of 1950s sci-fi comedy, featuring nearly naked, green-painted, go-go-dancing space aliens — what’s not to love?! Playwright Matthew Sklar stars as Captain Dan Dixon in his creature-feature retro romp through space.
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Now running through September 14.

UNDATABLE at Second City

undatableDany Margolies – Arts In LA

Sometimes theater is about humankind’s greatest achievers. Sometimes it’s about supremely tragic figures. And sometimes, as with this show, it’s about the rest of us.
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MERLIN: THE UNTOLD ADVENTURES at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

merlinBob Verini – ArtsInLA

Merlin’s adventures, “untold?” Gosh, hasn’t the saga of the windbag wizard been told a bazillion times, in books (picture and grownup), films, TV movies, and even a couple of Broadway musicals? And the thing is, he’s really such a lousy character when you come right down to it. All-knowing, all-powerful figures are almost by definition the antithesis of dramatic; a true protagonist has got to possess some central vulnerability.
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Now running through September 29.

REVELATION at the Lillian Theatre

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

Armageddon arrives amid unrepentant lunacy in “Revelation” at the Lillian Theatre. Samuel Brett Williams’ pitch-black apocalyptic comedy isn’t quite cohesive structurally, but it’s a breakneck, often uproarious trek through hell on Earth.
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Now running through August 25.

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA at the James Armstrong Theatre

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Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

Torrance Theatre Company reportedly twisted itself into a chocolate pretzel to put on this production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The results are worth it.
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Now running through August 17.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS at Lankershim Arts Center

Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

“When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?” asks Albie at the top of this show. “And what were you afraid of?” These questions cleverly plunge the audience into a childlike mindset, priming each viewer to enjoy the wonders of magic—prestidigitational and theatrical—that will follow.
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Photo by Albie Selznick

Photo by Albie Selznick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now running through November 3.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Ivy Substation

Photo by Dianna Olivia-Day

Photo by Dianna Olivia-Day

Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

Why is this Night different from all other Nights? To start with, it’s smart, it’s imaginative, it’s beautiful, it makes sense of the peculiar world Shakespeare created. It takes the titular dream to heart, as characters shape-shift and locales subtly morph. Still, the text is clear. Under the direction of Tim Robbins and starring a mere 12 actors, it’s one of the best versions to have graced LA stages in recent decades. Read more…

Now running through August 31.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Noho Arts Center

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Easily the most poignant moments in this dramatized telling of the Anne Frank story come in its epilogue, when Holocaust survivor Otto Frank (Jack Kandel) returns to his family’s hidden dwelling to discover his youngest daughter’s diary and inform us of the demise of his family and friends at the hands of the Nazis.
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Now running through August 18.

GARBO’S CUBAN LOVER at Macha Theatre

Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

Writer-director Odalys Nanin’s fictionalized bio-play zeroes in on Mercedes De Acosta, who in the 1930s was celebrated as a poet, playwright and novelist, though nowadays she’s remembered mostly for her lesbian affairs with famous actresses including Eva LeGallienne, Alla Nazimova and Tallulah Bankhead.In Nanin’s play, De Acosta (played by the author), meets Greta Garbo (Angela Nicholas) and forms an obsessive relationship with her.
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POINT BREAK LIVE! at the Dragonfly bar

Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

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Photo by Erin Broadley

Creating a raucous, rocked-out party atmosphere by blasting preshow music (think “Welcome to the Jungle” at ear-splitting volume), the hilarious spoof show Point Break Live! offers super-soaked excitement in a grungy Hollywood nightclub setting. What do we mean by “soaked”? Let’s just say you’d be wise to take them up on the $2 ponchos for sale before the show.
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Now running through September 29.

THE MUSIC MEN: MEREDITH WILLSON AND GENE DEPAUL at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal

Les Spindle – viewimage_story.phpEdge on the Net

The latest cabaret offering produced by Bruce Kimmel’s Kritzerland Records at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal in North Hollywood, is “The Music Men: Meredith Willson and Gene de Paul,” a pleasing array of vintage show tunes from two gifted songwriters.
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NINE at DOMA Theatre Company at the MET Theatre

nineBob Verini -   ArtsInLA

The fiendishly difficult (to stage, and hence usually to watch) Nine proves beyond the range of DOMA Theatre Company. It’s a shame, given the company’s mightily effective Dreamgirls earlier this year, but Arthur Kopit’s gloppy gloss on Fellini’s film has proved the undoing of many a producing organization.  Read more…

Now running through August 18.