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A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

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Photo by Christina Harris

What made Ebenezer Scrooge such a miserable old coot? Adapter-director Christina Harris elaborates on this aspect of Dickens’ cautionary tale in Sierra Madre Playhouse’s amiable musical production of A Christmas Carol, embellished with songs and upbeat ensemble dancing. Scott Harris portrays the tight-fisted miser as less an icy capitalist than a bad-tempered old man with chronic indigestion (my take).
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Now running through December 22.

SHERLOCK THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS at the Odyssey Theater

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

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Photo by Rob Cunliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The opening stanza of Lewis Carroll‘s poem “Jabberwocky” goes like this:

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves;

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Perhaps such nonsense verse and satirically inverted logic, also found in Carroll’s books such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, stemmed from his vocation as a mathematician. It’s not difficult to speculate on the tension between math’s pristine rationality as an explanation of natural phenomena and the senseless and pointless misery of so much human behavior.

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Now running through December 22.

IN THE HEIGHTS at Casa 0101

David C. Nichols – LA Times

“In the Heights” is currently irradiating Casa 0101, where it fits as felicitously as cinnamon in café con leche. This galvanic chamber edition of the 2008 Tony winner about the denizens of a Washington Heights barrio has enough heartfelt energy to alleviate a citywide power outage.
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Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now running through December 22.

SIDE SHOW at the La Jolla Playhouse

Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

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“Come look at the freaks!” sings a grotesque carnival barker, introducing a bizarre contingent of sideshow performers—hardly a typical opening scene for a Broadway musical. The adventurous Side Show, which bowed in New York in 1997 to critical acclaim and four Tony nominations, closed following a three-month run. It was apparently too edgy for Broadway audiences whose idea of a sufficiently envelope-pushing musical at that time was probably Victor/Victoria.
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Now running through December 15.