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THE FALSE SERVANT at the Odyssey Theatre

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Photo by Diego Baraj

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Every theater company has its ups and downs. It’s the nature of artistic endeavor. Evidence Room, celebrating its 20th anniversary as a company, has an admirable history of successful and award-winning plays, most recently with its producing partner, the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Unfortunately, their new show, Martin Crimp’s adaptation of Pierre Marivaux’s play The False Servant, is a misfire.  Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

We tend to think of ourselves as the most jaded social observers in history, so it’s always jarring to discover a nearly 300-year-old work of art with a more cynical outlook than our own.Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

A theatrical nickel says Marivaux has never been performed this subtly. The 18th-century playwright’s work is normally expected to be performed with fluttering fans and rolling eyes. Not here, under the direction of Bart DeLorenzo. Read more…

Now running through September 6.

THE GREAT DIVIDE at the Lillian Theatre

Photo by Bren Coombs

Photo by Bren Coombs

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

On a most straightforward level, playwright Lyle Kessler’s new dramedy is about the fractious relationship between two sons and their irascible, judgmental, curmudgeonly dad. However, Kessler’s work is concerned not merely with a family’s brawls, confrontations, and rage — as it appears on the surface. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

Playwright Lyle Kessler (Orphans) once said, while addressing the Playwrights Unit at The Actors Studio West where he was moderator, “I want to see blood and semen on the floor.”  Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In Lyle Kessler’s The Great Divide, director David Fofi’s final production before departing the Elephant Stages, a father and two sons enmeshed in a lifetime of resentment and abuse replay their rancor in the presence of a one-armed psychopath and his sister.  Read more…

Now running through August 29.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS – Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

For good reason, playwright Neil Simon has been loved by the theatergoing public for decades. For even better reason, his “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is widely considered to be among his best plays. Read more…

Now running through August 15.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Musical Theatre West at Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography.

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography.

Dany Margolies – Press-Telegram

More rain is coming down on the Carpenter Performing Arts Center’s stage through the end of this month than has been seen in Long Beach all year. Read more…

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Perennially listed in the top films of all times, MGM’s Singin’ in the Rain is an early rarity: a film that preceded the subsequent theatrical production. Co-directed and choreographed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, with a screenplay by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, the film is inventive and iconic.em>Read more…Loredana Nesci

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

Although I didn’t know it until recently, this is Musical Theatre West’s third production of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

If practice makes perfect and three is a charm, it’s not surprising to learn that tickets are hard to get, nor that MTW is almost sold out for the entire run. So act fast if you’re anxious to see what the excitement is all about, because “Singin’ in the Rain” closes Sunday.Read more…

Now running through July 23.

 

SHIV at The Theatre @ Boston Court

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Breaking out of old patterns, ridding ourselves of toxic habits, or just growing up sometimes requires extreme courage. In the highly metaphoric play “Shiv,” the character who navigates the path of maturity and change is given the qualities of the Hindu deity Shiva. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

The recurrent dramatic question of our own lives plausibly could be what it means to embrace the consciousness of another day (i.e., getting out of bed). For Shiv (the emotionally pellucid Monika Jolly), eponymous protagonist of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s captivating play in its west coast premiere at The Theatre @ Boston Court, arguably her imaginative life is so fecund that she needn’t escape the confines of her irremediably creased childhood mattress — as if she could. Read more…

Now running through August 9.

ADAM & EVE AND STEVE: A MUSICAL at the Noho Arts Center

Source: Jessica Tunstad

Source: Jessica Tunstad

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

As if on cue, following the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality,  and Wayne Moore’s exuberant musical spoof “Adam & Eve and Steve: The Musical” floats into the L.A. theater arena at precisely the right moment. Read more…

Now running through August 30.

THE BITCH IS BACK at The Edye at The Broad Stage

 

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Photo by Ben Gibbs

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

To be clear, the woman of the title is not only the writer-performer of this solo show, Sandra Tsing Loh. The woman of the title is all women who live to be “of a certain age.” These women have become the largest segment of American women. These women are menopausal. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In her ebullient new show, humorist and story-teller Sandra Tsing Loh talks about menopause and the trials and tribulations of women who teeter on the edge of hormone-fuel hysteria while struggling to hold it together as a mom or daughter or spouse. Read more…

Now running through August 2.

 

THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRL – InterACT Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Rick Friesen

Photo by Rick Friesen

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Why the devil do we do the things we do? And what kind of answers are genuinely responsive and illuminating to that question of “Why?”  Easier to examine the confounding deeds of other people and endeavor to find clues in the motivations we attribute to (or project upon) them for insights into our murkily intricate webs of rationalization and justification. Read more…

Now running through July 26.

WAR AND PEACE. REBECCA METZ, ON ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION AND ITS PLAN FOR L.A.

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Steven Leigh Morris – @ This Stage magazine

Steven Leigh Morris: Things have gone very quiet in the past couple of months. You’d almost think that nothing is happening.

Rebecca Metz: There’s a lot of anger, in the older generation particularly. Personally, I can’t function holding that much anger. My goal is to get the union to see that we’re reasonable, and for us to see that they’re reasonable. Two weeks ago, [I was in a meeting] with Gail Gabler, Mary McColl [and others]. I have been having a text conversation with Mary McColl, we’ve had a good, civil conversation. She said, “Kate and I are going to be in town, I want you to choose six people and [we can] have a conversation.”  Read more…

ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS at Sacred Fools Theatre Company

Sacred Fools Theatre Company

Sacred Fools Theatre Company

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

One of the beauties of Natsu Onoda Power’s play is that it’s just as enjoyable for neophytes to “manga” (Japanese comics) as it would be for cognoscenti. The main reason to see this new show at Sacred Fools, however, is the spectacular production. Jaime Robledo’s direction is brilliantly creative, pushing the technical capabilities of that theatre space about as far as they can go, resulting in a dazzling display. Read more…

Now running through July 25.

OFF THE KING’S ROAD at the Odyssey Theatre

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Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

An inspired supporting cast and a superb set salvage the heavily flawed script here. Neil Koenigsberg’s play is nobly modeled on the Bergman film Wild Strawberries, centering on an older man trying to come to grips with his regrets. But the writing is repetitious, it is on-the-nose, and it is predictable in a not-enjoyable way.

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Sometimes a bad play can be redeemed with smart direction, or with charismatic performers who breathe life into an otherwise hackneyed script. And sometimes, as in Off the King’s Road, Neil Koenigsberg’s comedy directed by Amy Madigan at the Odyssey Theatre, the execution makes things worse.

Now running through August 2.

One-Person Shows Are Too Stuck in Reality. Sometimes They Should Make Things Up

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Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

A solo show’s a little show where people talk about their life,

“Like battling the bottle. Or slicing themselves with a knife,

“They tell their tale with wigs or props, with easels to communicate,

“Like being gay or being bi or being trans or being straight!

Read more…