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PERSIANS at the Getty Villa

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

The weighty ideas expressed in this piece have retained their potency from nearly 2,500 years ago. The skills and vibrancy of the actors here are flawless. Had the two elements meshed, this would be a perfect production. Read more…

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Reviewing the 2011 Getty Villa production of Euripides’ Trojan Women, staged by Anne Bogart with her New York-based SITI Company, I called it “essential viewing for anyone interested in the conversation between timeless texts and modern theatrical practice,” expressing my conviction that Bogart and co. had “unearthed the vital, immediate drama within.” All of the above applies in equal measure to their current Getty attraction, Aeschylus’s Persians.   Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

Essentially the ancient-world equivalent of a story torn from the headlines, Persians recounts how overwhelmingly outnumbered Greek ships defeated the invading fleet of Xerxes’ navy at the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.E., an event fresh in the minds of the Athenian audiences at the festival of Dionysos a scant eight years later. Read more…

Now running through Sept. 27.

THE LIFE AND SORT OF DEATH OF ERIC ARGYLE at Son of Semele Ensemble

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

“Alas for those that never sing,

But die with all their music in them.”

Usually attributed, possibly inaccurately, to Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894) in “The Voiceless”

Irish playwright Ross Dungan might have had this quote in mind -– for sure he had the sentiment –- when he wrote this sad and whimsical play about the life and death of an ordinary man. Read more…

Photo by Matthew McCray

Photo by Matthew McCray

Margaret Gray – LA Times

At first, “The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle” by Irish playwright Ross Dungan gives the impression of a short story that somehow fell into the submission pile at Son of Semele theater — whereupon director Matthew McCray gamely gathered his ensemble and staged it anyway. Read more…

Now running through September 28.

 

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Glendale Centre Theatre

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

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Director Danny Michaels’ and co-director/choreographer Orlando Alexander’s bare-bones production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a smorgasbord of giddy fluff.  Read more…

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Now running through Oct. 4.

PSYCHE: A MODERN ROCK OPERA at Greenway Court Theater

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Photo by Barry Weiss

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

The unarguable triumph of  is the choreography of Janet Roston, which sets a company of 10, many of them veterans of university ballet and modern-dance programs, to dizzying displays of complex movement. From their first worshipful celebration of the young Psyche (Ashley Ruth Jones), through their incarnation of various spirits and demons doing the bidding of vengeful Greek gods, the ensemble is continuously expressive and interesting. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

The ancient Greek myth of the challenged romance between Psyche and Eros is the well from which sprang numerous Princess-themed fairytales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast — even echoes of the Pandora, Eurydice and Hercules myths can be detected in this early story of passion, jealousy, betrayal and redemption. Read more…

Now running through Sept. 28.

THE VACANCY at The Lost Studio

•Photo by Luca Loffredo

Photo by Luca Loffredo

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The Vacancy is one of those dark comedies that challenges you to figure out just what it’s trying to say.

Written and directed by Jeptha Storm, it features colorful dialogue and potentially vivid characters, neither of which quite make up for the many question marks that mine the story.  On the other hand….  Read more… 

Photo by Luca Loffredo

Photo by Luca Loffredo

 Now running through Sept. 27.