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Archive for May 2015 – Page 2

AMERICAN IDIOT at The Vortex Warehouse

 

Photo by Ian Momil

Photo by Ian Momil

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Angelenos have two late-spring opportunities to experience the staged version of Green Day’s—and they’ll be able to do so outside of the context of Michael Mayer’s original three-stories-high, multimedia-thick, turbocharged original. Read more…

Now running through June 7.

 

THE PIED PIPERS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE at the Matrix Theatre

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Imported from New York City, The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side takes place in the present day but harks back to the counterculture movement of the late 1960s and early 70s.  Read more…

Now running through June 14.

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at the Torrance Theatre Company

Photo by Alex Madrid

Photo by Alex Madrid

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

So, Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar.

In this tiny bar in Paris in 1904, they begin to ponder what the 20th century might be like. They suspect their individual contributions will change the world. Read more…

Now running through June 14.

 

 

 

THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE at The Road Theatre

Photo by Michelle Young

Photo by Michelle Young

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Young and personable Bill (Bernie Zilinskas) works in the sales department of Seagram’s Whiskey. He has just purchased a suburban condo, and he’s waiting for the delivery of his furniture, and for his actress wife (Stephanie Erb) to join him. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

For introverts of a certain stripe, a guest who won’t leave is essentially a horror-movie monster. Wendy McLeod’s comedy “Things Being What They Are,” now at the Road Theatre, plays with the primeval terror of this scenario — then subverts it. em>Read more…

Now running through June 21.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Actors Co-op

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days has been made into films, most notably twice: in 1956 in Mike Todd’s celebrity-studded epic with David Niven and Cantinflas, and in Disney’s 2004 version with Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan. The novel has been adapted for the theater several times, along with this version by Mark Brown in 2001. Even Verne, however could not have imagined the wildly enterprising comedic touches that could be applied to his action-adventure novel. Read more...

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Rampant theatricality and audience regard traverses “Around the World in 80 Days” at the Actors Co-op. Read more…

Now running through June 14.

GENERATION SEX at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Photo by Joy Sequina

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Let’s start by mentioning the praiseworthy elements in this problematic piece, presented by Teatro Luna, an all-Latina company out of Chicago. Read more…

Now running through May 17.

L.A. JOURNEY at Casa 0101

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

…..Money also dictates the behavior of the multitudinous characters in An L.A. Journey, the difference being that most of them don’t have much of it to invest or to lose. Read more…

Now running through June 7.

 

OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET at the Victory Theatre

Photo: Courtesy Victory Theatre Center

Photo: Courtesy Victory Theatre Center

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Newly awarded Pulitzer Prize winner is noted for his colorful offbeat characters and the florid street vernacular they use to express themselves.

In his Our Lady of 121st Street, a group of 30- somethings reunite at a funeral home to pay their respects to a neighborhood legend: a nun named Sister Rosa who nurtured, taught and terrorized them when they were kids. Read more…

Now running through June 7. 

63 TRILLION at the Odyssey Theatre

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

John Bunzel’s new play is reminiscent of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, but more comedic in intent. The story takes place in the milieu of “wealth management” during a fictional financial catastrophe as the various characters attempt to screw each other over or profit from the chaos. Read more…

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

For a snapshot of our bifurcated city through the lens of our 99-seat theater, see John Bunzel’s money management farce 63 Trillion, presented by the New American Theatre at the Westside’s Odyssey Theatre, and then head east to Boyle Heights to watch Emmanuel Deleage and Lorenzo Alfredo’s earnest bio-drama An L.A. Journey: The Story of Lorenzo Alfredo, about an orphan child’s journey, without papers, from Guatemala to L.A. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Someday a play may come along to challenge the prevailing view that anyone who handles other people’s money for a living is a venal, soulless opportunist. John Bunzel’s “63 Trillion,in its world premiere guest-produced by New American Theatre at the Odyssey, is not that play. Read more…

 

Now running through June 7.

A SMALL FIRE at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Photo by Darrett Sanders

 Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

“This is a horror story,” murmurs a voice from the darkness in A Small Fire, directed by Alana Dietze — the latest outing from the Echo Theater Company. The voice belongs to Emily (Lily Knight), a middle-aged woman who succumbs to an undefined medical condition that gradually chips away at her senses, upending her construction business, marriage, and personal agency. em>Read more…

Now running through May 30.

CATS at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts at Norris Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

The iconic musical Hair embodied the 1960s and that decade’s make love, not war, philosophy. A Chorus Line epitomized the 1970s and that decade’s obsession with self-analysis. What musical best represents the 1980s? Perhaps it’s Cats. Read more…

Now running through May 10.

IMMEDIATE FAMILY at the Mark Taper Forum

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Sometimes it’s OK to be predictable if what you have to say bears saying again.

Immediate Family, Paul Oakley Stovall’s first play now making its L.A. debut at the Mark Taper Forum, starts out as a high-spirited comedy, a kind of super-polished sitcom that centers on a group of African-American siblings who grew up in upscale Hyde Park outside Chicago.  Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

It is not surprising that beloved TV mom Phylicia Rashad takes the helm of the new familial comedy Immediate Family at the Mark Taper Forum.  The former matriarch of The Cosby Show uses her eight years of living in a TV family to help her actors form credible performances as brothers and sisters who argue, laugh, and horseplay just like siblings who have spent much of their lives together, adding something very special to this average comedy.  Read more…

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

If you didn’t know, going in, that the director of Immediate Family had a background in TV sitcoms, you’d get the hint in the first 10 minutes. The opening dialogue is that forced, the bickering banter that aggressive, the pace that frantic. Read more…

Now running through June 7.