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Archive for October 2016 – Page 2

THE PORTMAN DELUSIONS at the Raven Theatre

Photo by Stephen Borasch

Photo by Stephen Borasch

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Adam Mervis’s romantic satire, set amongst a group of youngish Los Angelinos, is caparisoned with many of the bells and whistles of the millennial generation: Mentions of Tinder and Bumble, ipads, video games, and bitcoin abound, as well as the (quite narratively irrelevant) spiritual presence of the actress Natalie Portman, who is a strange underlying theme here for some reason. Read more…

Now running through November 4

SIAMESE SEX SHOW at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Siamese Sex Show is one of those offbeat musicals where it doesn’t seem to matter that one or two plot threads are a little hard to follow. The choreography by April Thomas is so exuberant, the costumes by Michael Mullen are so fanciful, and the story and spectacle so deliciously weird that a bit of confusion about the narrative can readily be dismissed as not all that significant. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Donald Trump has repeatedly been accused of vulgarizing our public discourse with his abusive attacks on women, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, the disabled, and anybody else who doesn’t share his high opinion of himself. And the charges are most certainly borne out by the facts. But there’s one thing Trump has remarked on which is all too true: he hasn’t said anything that hasn’t already been said by rappers and hip-hop artists. Read more…

Now running through November 13

A TASTE OF HONEY at the Odyssey Theatre

Photo by Enci Box

Photo by Enci Box

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

In 1958, 18-year old Shelagh Delaney saw a production of Terrence Rattigan’s play Variations on a Theme, and was appalled by what she saw. The play had a reputation for boldness in tackling hot-button issues — it dealt with homosexuality, promiscuity, and bisexuality — but in Delaney’s view it was timid and genteel, and pussyfooted around its dangerous themes. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Kim Rubinstein, who directed a highly praised revival of “Anna Christie” at the Odyssey Theatre last year, is back with a revival of Shelagh Delaney’s once scandalous, now slightly quaint 1958 play “A Taste of Honey.” Read more…

Now running through November 27

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

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Photo by Isaac James Creative

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze 

It’s likely you already know the Old Testament story of Jacob and his favorite son, Joseph. So, for you, the pleasure is in the way “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” tells its tale, in musical theater form, this time by 3–D Theatricals. Read more…

Now running through October 23

SKULLDUGGERY: THE MUSICAL PREQUEL TO HAMLET at Sacred Fools Theater

(Photo by Jessica Sherman Photography)

(Photo by Jessica Sherman Photography)

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The most painful duty of a critic is watching a group of very talented people knock themselves out in support of a project that simply doesn’t work. One has some idea of the level of effort that goes into such an ambitious endeavor, and it’s no fun to proclaim the end result stillborn. Unfortunately, Michael Shaw Fisher’s Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet is such a project,…. Read more…

Now running through November 5.

DEAR WORLD at the Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge

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Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

The rarely revived musical “Dear World” is by legendary composer-lyricist Jerry Herman (“Mame,” “Hello. Dolly!” “La Cage Aux Folles”) and his two “Mame” collaborators: co-librettists Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Read more…

BARS AND MEASURES at The Theatre@Boston Court

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Bars and Measures, Idris Goodwin’s moving drama, directed with a sure hand by Weyni Mengesha, can be appreciated on several levels. To begin with, it’s a political work, a disturbing tale involving the questionable prosecution of an American Muslim for abetting a terrorist organization. Second, this is a story about family…. Read more…

Now running through October 23

BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS at the Celebration Theatre

Photo by Russ Rowland

Photo by Russ Rowland

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Humor is subjective.

In this case the show in question is writer/performer Drew Droege’s Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, directed by Michael Urie at the Celebration Theatre. Urie wowed L.A. audiences in Buyer & Cellar at the Ahmanson in 2014.  Droege is a comedian known on the Internet for his drag impersonations of Chloe Sevigny.

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Now running through November 14