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BRENDAN at Theatre Banshee


Terry Morgan – LAist

If, as the old adage has it, “you can’t go home again,” then that truth deserves another, which is that wherever you’re from is always with you. Regardless of the relative importance of nature or nurture, the past is an umbilical cord that is never completely cut. This idea is dealt with in a bittersweet manner in Ronan Noone’s Brendan. The West Coast premiere of the play at Theatre Banshee is funny and touching in equal measure.
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David C. Nichols – LA Times

“Mammy died last week and we buried her three days ago.” So begins “Brendan,” and it’s a recurring refrain of telling import. In Theatre Banshee’s admirable West Coast premiere of Ronan Noone’s audience-friendly dramedy about an Irish immigrant in modern-day America, the past is constantly challenging the present.
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Now running through August 18.

OPEN HOUSE at the Skylight Theatre

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Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Los Feliz’s Skylight Theatre has become the home for L.A. scribe Shem Bitterman, who’s had his plays staged in this city for decades. His latest, a real estate mystery named Open House, premiered last week.

Before getting to Open House, it’s worth perusing Bitterman’s past writings, which reveal patterns applicable to his most recent work.
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TRIO LOS MACHOS at Casa 0101


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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Lalo (Miguel Santana), Paco (Henry Madrid) and Nacho (Roberto Garza) have been friends for 50 years. Former field workers, they escaped a life of hard labor by forming a trio and earning a living as singers of Mexican love songs. Now elderly and unemployed, they reflect back on the humiliations they endured as immigrant workers, as well as the one woman who touched all their lives.
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Now running through August 11.

HURRICANE SEASON at the Eclectic Company Theatre


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Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Now in its 10th year, Hurricane Season is a competition of short new plays. Block Two (reviewed here) continues over this weekend, with Block Three running Aug. 9-18. The audience favorites of the festival will receive awards in an Aug. 23 ceremony, and a jury will give monetary prizes to the top three best-written plays. In The Road to Paradise, by Caroline Marshall, Ryan McDonough plays a terminal patient with gallows humor. 1st par
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EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA at Ruskin Group Theatre

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Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

This comic extravaganza, written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman and John Neville-Andrews and first produced in 1971, went on to become an international hit. Now the Ruskin Group brings it back, and to insure it retains its original comic glory, two of the original creators have returned: Shearman provides the direction and musical direction, and House reprises his role as the irrepressible emcee Senor Don Pepe Hernandez, presenter of “Parada de las Estrellas.”

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Now running through August 31.