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Archive for October 2015

DED at the Matrix Theatre

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Images of skulls and skeletons are viewed as chilling or comic in our own culture, but they represent something else in Day of the Dead, the Latin American holiday in which people honor the memory of those they’ve loved and lost. Read more…

NEED TO KNOW at Rogue Machine Theatre

Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

As Pete Townshend was once known to opine, “The world begins behind your neighbor’s walls.” It’s one of the core mysteries of modern life – what do people do or say when they think they’re unobserved or unheard? Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The characters In Jonathan Caren’s contemporary comedy Need to Know use Facebook and the Internet to glean information about others, but while technology plays a pivotal role here, the playwright’s primary concern is ethics: specifically, how we treat the misfits among us—those who may not conform to conventional standards of beauty and behavior. Read more…

 

Now running through December 13.

THE DOCK BRIEF at Pacific Resident Theatre

Photo by Vitor Martins

Photo by Vitor Martins

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

This amusing one-act by the late playwright John Mortimer is a genial, slight piece and touchingly old fashioned.  You just don’t really see this sort of play anymore:  an intimate two-hander involving a pair of fellows who sort of banter and bluster with each other. Read more…

Now running through November 15.

 

JUBILIEE YEAR, AEA’S RESPONSE TO SUIT, FRENCH & VANESSA HOST THE OVATIONS, AND MORE by Paul Birchall

Paul Birchall – Stage Raw

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Howlround, the indispensable national sounding board for theatrical philosophy and policy, has announced the formation of something slightly creepy called “The Committee of the Jubilee.”

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RENT at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Photo by Jason Niedle

Photo by Jason Niedle

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

When Rent arrived at the Nederlander Theatre in 1996, a block from New York City’s famed 42nd Street, it was revolutionary. Never before had a musical brought punks, drag queens, gays, lesbians, and AIDS patients to the mainstream. Read more…

TIME TELLS by Steven Leigh Morris

Keith Mills, Anton Chekhov, and Seven Spots on the Sun

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Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

Keith Mills was an actor. He was other things, too. He ran, or was part of, a soft-water company in the San Gabriel Valley. He was a husband, father and grandfather. But mainly, he was an actor, from Toronto. He lived for decades in Claremont – that’s about 40 miles east of downtown L.A., at the edge of the county, and he worked a bit in Los Angeles, on stage and in TV. Until he didn’t. That never stopped him from being an actor. Read more…

WIESENTHAL at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Carol Rosegg

Photo by Carol Rosegg

Margaret Gray – LA Times

My wife is waiting at our front door for me to finally come home from the war,” says Simon Wiesenthal as he leaves his office for the last time in Tom Dugan’s beautifully written and performed one-man bio-play “Wiesenthal,” now at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Read more…

Now running through November 8.

CAGED at Theatre Banshee

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Photo by Michelle Young

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Dermot Davis’ dark comedy is set in the elevator of an urban hi-rise and performed on a proscenium 7-feet wide by 7-feet deep. That makes it unusually problematic to stage, though the challenge is ably met by director Tim Byron Owen and his game two-person ensemble.

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

Anyone who has ever wondered about being stuck in an elevator might be intrigued by “Caged” at Theatre Banshee, a guest offering by Mean Machine Productions and Georganne Aldrich Heller. Read more…

Now running through November 22. 

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Actors Co-op

Photo by Lindsay Schenbly

Photo by Lindsay Schenbly

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

When Tim Kelly died in 1998, a Playbill obituary noted that he was probably the most published playwright in America, having written over 300 works for the “stock, amateur and educational” market.

With amateur and/or stock being the operative words, it’s no surprise that Kelly’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles is, from a dramatic standpoint, a dead-in-the-water whodunit. Read more…

Now running through November 22.

 

SAFE AT HOME: AN EVENING WITH ORSON BEAN at Pacific Resident Theatre

Photo by Vitor Martins

Photo by Vitor Martins

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

“There’s a danger with one-man shows. What if you don’t like the performer? You’re screwed.” I’m paraphrasing, but this is a sentiment that Orson Bean articulates early into his own one-man show. The ironic implications just hang in the air, unanswered. Before and after this line, however, Bean’s efforts indicate his intent to entertain rather than leave us with regrets. Read more…

Paul Birchall – Stage and Cinema

When you go to Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, one of the great pleasures is seeing performers Orson Bean and his wife Alley Mills hanging out in the lobby either manning the concession stand or assisting in helping folks to their seats (that is, if they aren’t actually in the show).  Read more…

Now running through November 29.

PLAYWRIGHT MARTIN ZIMMERMAN DISCUSSES ‘SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN’ – interview with Deborah Klugman

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw 

In Seven Spots on the Sun (Boston Court Performing Arts Center through November 1), a doctor in a war-torn country discovers that, with a laying on of his hands, he can cure a plague. One question in Martin Zimmerman’s play is, given the doctor’s grief and rage at how local politics has decimated his purpose in life, does he really want to be a miracle worker? Zimmerman discusses this, and other aspects of his play, his writing, and of human love and cruel

STAGE RAW:  The play takes place in a Latin American country.  Is the scenario inspired by events in a particular country or no?

MARTIN ZIMMERMAN I’m Argentine-American, so my awareness of events such as the ones depicted in Seven Spots On The Sun began when I started learning about Argentina’s military dictatorship, which ruled the country from 1976 to 1983.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – 3–D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium

Photo by Isaac James Creative

Photo by Isaac James Creative

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Originally characters in 1930s single-panel cartoons and then the basis of a 1960s television sitcom, the Addams family consists of the bizarrely gothic, macabre, but close-knit clan created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Read more…

Now running through October 26.