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Archive for January 2015 – Page 3

THE WHIPPING MAN at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Remember the scene in “Gone With the Wind” when Scarlett fries latkes for a Hanukkah party at Tara? No? Right, there wasn’t such a scene. American Civil War sagas seldom reflect a Jewish perspective.

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man is reputed to be one of the most widely produced American plays of the past few years. I can see why. It’s well written, with several splendid speeches for actors. It only has three roles and doesn’t necessarily require a fancy set.

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Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Matthew Lopez’s evocative Civil War story opens in near darkness as a Jewish Confederate captain, Caleb (Adam Haas Hunter), drags himself into his severely damaged home near Richmond, Va., a few days after the recent cessation of the war. Seriously wounded, he is met by former slave Simon (Charlie Robinson), who has stayed behind to look after things after the family fled.

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Now running through January 25.

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THE BEST L.A. PLAYS OF 2014

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

This year was a noisy and divisive one in local theater, punctuated with threats, real and imagined — from sources allegedly ranging from the IRS to the state’s Labor & Workforce Development Agency to the stage actors and stage managers’ union (Actors’ Equity Association) — to disembowel L.A.’s long-standing 99-Seat Plan.

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25 HIGHLIGHTS OF LA THEATER IN 2014

Don Shirley – LA Observed

Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

I don’t believe in year-end Top 10 lists, especially if the components are listed in order of best to, say, tenth best. Why is it necessary to draw such distinctions between creations with very different goals and styles? Are apples really better than oranges — or is it vice versa?

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