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Archive for May 2015 – Page 3

SIDE SHOW at Plummer Auditorium

Photo by Issac James

Photo by Issac James

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Though the original production of Side Show on Broadway closed after only 91 performances in 1997, in subsequent years it has been revived and modified from its original form. The original book and lyrics were created by Bill Russell with music by Henry Krieger. As a dramatic project, it falls far from traditional musicals in topic and execution. Read more…

Now running through May 10,

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Is there a more critic-proof title out there than Motown the Musical? Not only does it indicate exactly what it is (an overview of the recording powerhouse founded by Berry Gordy) and what it contains (three decades’ worth of soulful hits), but the audience at which it’s aimed couldn’t possibly be deterred by anything negative anyone said. Read more…

Now running through June 7.

THE ANARCHIST at Theatre Asylum

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Photo by Jeff Fasano

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Words not meant to misdirect are wasted,” says one of the combatants in “The Anarchist,” and at certain levels that might describe the whole thing. Read more…

Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

There’s something slightly inhuman about David Mamet’s play: It tells the tale of a former anarchist, Cathy (Felicity Huffman), who killed two policemen in the course of a robbery, and has been in prison for years. Now she is up for parole, and during a final encounter with her parole officer (Rebecca Pidgeon) she has just one chance to demonstrate that she deserves to be set free. Read more…

Now running through May 23.

GUS’S FASHION & SHOES at Vs. Theatre Company

Photo by Azul DelGrasso

Photo by Azul DelGrasso

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Ron Klier’s new play at Vs. Theatre Company, Gus’s Fashion & Shoes, is the second in a St. Louis–based trilogy about police/minority relations, Cops & Friends of Cops being the first in 2013. The third is yet to come. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

The characters in Ron Klier’s new play “Gus’s Fashions & Shoes,” premiering at Vs. Theatre, are so colorful, argumentative and profane that they suggest the existence, and possibly the overuse, of some sort of David Mamet character generator app. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

Prior to the start of the show, the audience is blasted by gangster rap songs pumping through the speakers at an ear-splitting volume level — a fitting prelude to the edgy, darkly comedic drama that follows. Ron Klier’s Gus’s Fashions and Shoes is macho and talky, with all the action happening in the back room of a store and centering around five larger-than-life male characters. em>Read more…

Now running through May 30.

MY CHILD: MOTHERS OF WAR at the Hudson Backstage

Photo by David Sobel

Photo by David Sobel

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This piece, written and directed by Angeliki Giannakopoulos, and based on her award-winning documentary film, takes a probing look at the lives of women whose children served in the armed forces during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It provides an emotionally charged examination of their love, hopes, pride, fears, and, in many cases their desolation when the war claimed their offspring. Read more…

Now running through May 31

MY BARKING DOG at the Theatre @ Boston Court

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Talk about your call of the wild! The atavistic urge – the impulse to fall in with nature in its most primitive state – is an old standby in drama and literature, and it’s now being applied to strong effect in My Barking Dog,  Eric Coble’s startling two-hander at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Like Taste, Benjamin Brand’s recent play about a man driven to devour his own flesh, My Barking Dog by Eric Coble shocks and surprises, and in a most brilliant and entertaining way. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

What is an audience to make of characters who claim they’re telling the truth but who clearly are not doing so? This question comes to mind as Eric Coble’s poetic My Barking Dog turns increasingly metaphoric and untrue to life. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

My Barking Dog is one of those plays that starts out relatively normally and ends up someplace unbelievable. I generally dig plays like this Read more…

Now running through May 24.