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Archive for May 2016 – Page 2

THE BIG MEAL at Chance Theatre

Photo courtesy of Chance Theatre

Photo courtesy of Chance Theatre

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Love, marriage, birth, and death are fodder for Dan LeFranc’s fast-paced narrative spotlighting a couple who meet, marry, and produce several generations in the space of 90 minutes.Read more…

Now running through May 22

 

 

 

THE PAVILION at the Malibu Playhouse

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Margaret Gray – LA Times

Craig Wright’s often-produced play “The Pavilion,” now in a lovely revival at Malibu Playhouse, takes place in the early 2000s, in the fictional town of Pine City, Minn. (That’s where Wright, who also has a long list of TV writing credits including “Six Feet Under,” “Lost” and “Dirty Sexy Money,” has set a number of plays.)   Read more…

Now running through May 22

GOOD PEOPLE at the Hudson Theatre Guild

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Liz Kravetz Photography

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The American Dream is an unforgiving myth. Birthed in rural America in the early 19th century, it galloped to prominence in the Gilded Age, championed by Horatio Alger’s novels and the ever more ubiquitous notion that wealth and opportunity are equally available to everyone and that any deserving individual who works hard can achieve success. Read more…

Now running through June 5

ENDGAME at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Moments before heading out to witness Alan Mandell’s staging of Endgame at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, just before sundown, I lit my first yahrtzeit candle to commemorate the first anniversary on the ancient lunar calendar of the death of my father. Leaving it to burn in my absence permitted me to approach Samuel Beckett’s 1957 classic with suitable sobriety about mortality.   Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

What does a director do for a play? The writer writes the words, designers make the show look a certain way and the actors flesh out the rest, right? Well, yes and no, of course. Read more…

Now running through May 22

 

 

LUNATICS AND ACTORS at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

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Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

Lunatics & Actors, the latest world premiere by Jeremy Aluma’s clowning troupe Four Clowns, is less a fixed narrative than a series of funny, unpredictable, and menacing vignettes that excavate the distinction between creative performance and insanity.

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Four Clowns’ newest theatrical staging is Lunatics & Actors, written by David Bridel. Bridel’s one-act drama is posited as an anthropological and scientific experiment in progress, with some results and further experimentation being presented this night to a collection of interested persons (being us, the audience).  The play commences when an eccentric neurologist, Dr. Duchenne du Boulogne (Thaddeus Shafer) introduces himself to us and explains his work to date; being the science of electrophysiology. Read more...

Now running through May 28

THE GOLDEN DRAGON at the Theatre at Boston Court

Photo by  Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Sometimes a play registers as up front and personal; one’s immediately drawn into the experience of its characters, heartrending or comic or both as the case may be. Read more…

Now running through June 5

LOOSE ENDS at The Victory Theatre Center

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Photo by Kitty Rose

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Michael Weller has a knack for writing about specific cultural time periods. In Moonchildren he peered into the turbulent, “hell no, we won’t go,” drug-fueled, free love 1960’s via a year in the life of a group of idealistic college students. Here, the spotlight is on the tenuous hangover days of the 70’s…….Read more…

Now running through June 11

 

DANCING AT LUGHNASA at the Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre

 

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Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

There are many reasons that Brian Friel’s elegiac character study Dancing at Lughnasa has become a theatrical staple. One is that the Tony award-winning play is an excellent and affecting work, while another is that it offers terrific roles for five actresses.

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Now running through June 12

SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIA at the McCadden Place Theatre

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Photo by April Kelly

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This curious play, written by Meghan Brown, developed with Fugitive Kind Theatre, and incorporating input from director Amanda McRaven, is a freewheeling fantasia drawn from themes, characters, and situations in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s also an apocalyptic dystopia, cast in the form of a sequel depicting events that occurred after the end of Shakespeare’s play.

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Now running through May 29

THE END TIMES at the Skylight Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Religious ideology and its impact on young minds serves as the theme for playwright Jesse Mu-En Shao’s The End Times, a lean narrative enriched with well-grounded performances and a modest but handsome production design. The play, developed jointly by Playwrights’ Arena and the Skylight Theatre, is cogently directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Read more…

Now running through May 15

THE STORY OF ALICE at the Matrix Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The Story of Alice, a musical show with book and lyrics by Michael Hiltzik, is suitable for young children. If you’re looking for grownup entertainment, this is not for you. Read more…

Now running through May 29

A WALK IN THE WOODS at International City Theatre

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Photo by Tracey Roman

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Lee Blessing’s 1987 play “A Walk in the Woods” makes two points. In war, there is no winning, says Blessing. And in life, each of us chooses whether to live in hope or to live without it.   Read more…

Now running through May 22