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Archive for September 2013 – Page 3

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Theatricum Botanicum

Midsummer

Photo by Ian Flanders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

As Bottom, performer Katherine Griffith may be the best reason to see this amusing but somewhat quotidian presentation of Shakespeare’s seasonal classic. Cast across gender by directors Melora Marshall and Willow Geer, Griffith’s likable blowhard garners a plurality of the laughs, along with his proletarian colleagues, whose presentation of Pyramus and Thisby before Theseus’ court is this production’s comic highlight.
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Now running in rep through September 25.

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS at the Loft Ensemble

what doesn't

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Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Each of two average, kitchen-sink tragedies, with some levity throughout, take as their focus the troubled relationship between adult daughters and their wayward, alcoholic parents. In You’ll Just Love My Dad, written by Stephanie Jones and Peter Schuyler, an old homeless guy breaks into a home and starts snooping around before running himself a bath.
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Now running through September 15.

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY at the Lost Studio

Photo by Kevin McShane

Photo by Kevin McShane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day was first presented as a workshop in 1985 at New York’s Theatre 22, before receiving its premiere at San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre in 1987, directed by Oskar Eustis — who runs New York’s Public Theater. It’s no coincidence that in 1990, Eustis was helping to develop another Kushner work here in Los Angeles in the Mark Taper Forum’s New Works Festival, which would also premiere up north at the Eureka soon after. That was a segment of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Read more

Now running through September 15.

FOOL FOR LOVE at T.U. Studios

Fool For Love by Mathew Caine 9775Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

The works of veteran playwright-actor Sam Shepard (True West, The Curse of the Starving Class, A Lie of the Mind) are largely thought of as brooding portraits of severe family dysfunction in America’s heartland. His characters often face an inescapable legacy of decline and despair. Their psychological baggage leads them toward co-dependent relationships and physical and emotional violence.
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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Sam Shepard’s sexy play about two obsessed and volatile lovers can be intense and mesmerizing when it’s done right, and a terrible screech-fest when done wrong. This production trends uncomfortably toward the latter.
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Now running through September 29.

CARRIE THAT TUNE at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse

carrieLes Spindle –  Edge on the Net

A favorite pastime of Broadway musical fanatics is sharing stories of infamous musical flops. Of course, the perception of a “flop” can reflect a box-office calamity or an artistic failure, or a combination of the two. The measure of artistic worth is subjective.
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Now running through September 15.

RYAN’S HOPE – MUSICAL MONDAYS IN WEHO

ryLes Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

To borrow a lyrical phrase from Annie Get Your Gun, actor-producer Ryan O’Connor (aka Ryan LaConnor) spends his Monday nights doin’ what comes naturally. For O’Connor that doesn’t mean packing a pistol or crooning an Ethel Merman ditty written by Irving Berlin. It means serving as the amusing and vivacious host-producer of the boisterously entertaining weekly Musical Mondays at Eleven Bar and Nightclub in West Hollywood.
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DAVID BURNHAM: MOSTLY BROADWAY at Rockwell Table and Stage

davidLes Spindle – Edge on the Net

How’re you gonna keep ’em down on the farm once they’ve illuminated the stages of Broadway? Actor-singer David Burnham who has forged an acclaimed and prolific career in such shows as “Wicked,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “The Light in the Piazza,” enjoys sharing his heartfelt stories of a boy growing up in the sleepy rural berg of Fontana, California.
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