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Archive for June 2016 – Page 2

ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE at the Lounge Theatre

Marriage-Hearse

Photo by J. Coldize

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Matt Morillo’s compelling comedy/drama All Aboard The Marriage Hearse depicts what happens when a longtime couple discovers they fundamentally disagree about the concept of matrimony. Read more…

Now running through June 19

THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO at the Pasadena Playhouse

 

(© Jim Cox Photography)

(© Jim Cox Photography)

Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania

Sandra Tsing Loh has a lot to say about menopause and the suffering and confusion it causes for women. The award-winning essayist’s first play, The Madwoman in the Volvo, reveals very personal travails, but does it in a superficial way, so that the audience cannot always identify with her or understand the motives for the major upheavals she makes in her life.   more…

 

POWER! STOKELY CARMICHAEL at the Lounge Theatre

(photo by DJ Corey Photography)

(photo by DJ Corey Photography

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Though he is not as well known or recognized as Malcom X or Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, a.k.a., Kwame Toure, was a firebrand Black Nationalist, revolutionary and civil rights activist who left an indelible mark on the stormy era of the 1960’s. The man who coined the phrase, ‘Black Power’ was, as historian Peniel Joseph writes, “an organizer who had his hand in every major demonstration and event that occurred between 1960-1965.” Read more…

Now running through June 11

 

WHAT’S ON S.T.A.G.E.? at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo courtesy S.T.A.G.E.

Photo courtesy S.T.A.G.E.

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

The Los Angeles theater community has not forgotten the battle against AIDS, and it continues to take the fight to the S.T.A.G.E. The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) has partnered with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) for the last 32 years to raise money for AIDS education and prevention by presenting musical delights from some of Los Angeles’s biggest theater talents. This year’s concert, Sondheim No. 5, will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for a matinee and an evening performance June 18.

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HEDDDA GABLER at the Antaeus Theatre Company

Photo by Karianne Flaathen

Photo by Karianne Flaathen

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

If you’re someone who usually dismisses 19th-century theater classics as stuffy and stiff, you might want to reconsider and go see Hedda Gabler at Antaeus Theatre Company, where Jaimi Paige delivers a mesmerizing performance as the beautiful and manipulative title character. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Who is Hedda Gabler? Of course she’s the crux of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 1891 play. But who is she, deep down? Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Heinrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler remains a titanic creation that still demarcates the theater’s passage into modernity. Its protagonist is the embodiment of contradiction, from the diamond-like clarity of her individuality to her ultimately inscrutable motives.    Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

When Ibsen’s thoroughly modern drama was first staged in Munich in 1891, the response from the critics was damning. They almost universally decried the play, declaring it was a presentation of a monster whereas the art of theater was supposed to elevate and refine. Read more…

Now running through July 17

BILLIE HOLIDAY: FRONT AND CENTER at the Fremont Center Theatre

 

Photo by Scott Morgan Photography

Photo by Scott Morgan Photography

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Fans of “swing” and the singing of Billie Holiday will appreciate the music in Billie Holiday: Front and Center. The show, directed by B’Anca, features Sybil Harris as the renowned songstress, who suffered racist affronts throughout her professional career but ultimately wowed audiences at Carnegie Hall before dying prematurely of cirrhosis of the liver at age 44.    Read more…

Now running through June 19

THAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR, THE RAPE PLAY at Son of Semele Ensemble

Photo by Laura Carson

Photo by Laura Carson

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The thrill of creating an experimental theatre piece lies in being able to express something one couldn’t in the standard mode. The downside is that not all experiments are a success.   Read more…

Now running through June 19

THE ENGINE OF OUR RUIN at the Victory Theatre Center

Photo by Tim Sullens

Photo by Tim Sullens

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

There’s been no shortage of political satires on local stages, but all too many of them have been broad, obvious and stridently partisan. Jason Wells’ black farce, here receiving its world premiere production, is several cuts above the rest. It’s literate, sophisticated, hip, hilariously funny and relatively free of political bias. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The Engine of Our Ruin, now having its world premiere at the Victory Theatre Center under the direction of Maria Gobetti, is a wildly uneven comedy. Written by Jason Wells, it runs the gamut from your basic physical farce (better-hide-in-the-closet-because-you’re-drunk-and-the-boss-is-coming sort of thing) to a thoughtful, if somewhat wordy, satiric take on international diplomacy. Read more…

Now running through June 26