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Archive for October 2014 – Page 3

GOOD PEOPLE at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The dilemmas facing the life-battered protagonist of “Good People” are perhaps strategically manipulated, but that doesn’t make them any less relevant, humorous or dramatically engrossing. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 12.



Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The unparalleled sardonic wit of Oscar Wilde sustains “The Importance of Being Earnest” at A Noise Within, where it will doubtless be a crowd-pleasing hit, despite (or because of) its distinct idiosyncrasies, and therein hangs a conundrum. Read more…

Now running through Nov.22.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Doma Theatre Company at the Met


Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This Mel Brooks musical, adapted from the film by Brooks and Gene Wilder, somehow manages to be both a send-up and homage to Mary Shelley’s original novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, and James Whale’s 1931 movie Frankenstein and its 1935 sequel Bride of Frankenstein. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Underpinning much of Mel Brooks’s comedy is the assumption that people constantly yearn to break into tightly choreographed, vaudeville-style song-and-dance routines.

Some conceal this impulse better than others, but not even the starchiest Brooks character can long resist the lure of a cane, a top hat and an up-tempo riff. Read more…

Now running through Nov. 9.

THE FULL MONTY at the Norris Theatre


Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

While the material may be a bit questionable, the talent involved in this production is undeniable. This musical tells the story of average men who learn to love their physical selves and the special women who never stopped loving them. Its book, by Terrence McNally, hews to the 1997 film of the same name (written by Simon Beaufoy). McNally’s musical is set in Buffalo, N.Y., as that city’s steelworkers lose their jobs. Read more…


Now running through Oct. 5.