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Archive for November 2016 – Page 2

IT’S TIME at the Ruskin Group Theatre

 

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

 

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In his 1987 solo show, Time Flies When You’re Alive, writer/performer Paul Linke relayed the story of his first wife’s battle with breast cancer, the impact of her illness on his family, and the heartbreak of her death at age 37. The couple had three small children at the time, the youngest just turned a year.   Read more…

Now running through December 4

MACBETH at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Photo by Jenny Soo

Photo by Jenny Soo

Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

When Mrs. Patrick Campbell was rehearsing for her debut in the role of Hamlet’s Ophelia, her mentor, George Bernard Shaw, gave her a choice piece of advice: “In Shakespeare, the only justification for a pause is a fight or a procession.” It’s not a fundamental law, but it is a useful rule of thumb, and director Caitlin Hart might have been wise to heed it in this rendition of the Scottish play.Read more…

Now running through November 20

URINETOWN at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center

Photo by Nardeep Khurmi

Photo by Nardeep Khurmi

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

It is a terrible thing for a theater critic to admit, but I’d never seen this scabrously funny Tony Award-winning musical, about the price put on the most fundamental of bodily functions, before attending the Coeurage Theatre Company’s fresh and sprightly production.    Read more…

Now running through February 25

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

When a tale that features a botched sex-change operation, plenty of blow job references and raunchy audience interaction can fill the generally conservative Pantages, something special must be happening.

The special thing is John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch….. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Now a Broadway musical on its national tour, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” began life in 1990s glam-punk clubs. Late in that decade, the material made its way to Los Angeles, produced by David Bowie in Hollywood, then returned to its club-…Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

When I was a kid watching cartoon on TV in New Jersey, I saw ads for Broadway shows: “Annie,” “Peter Pan,” “Barnum,” “Evita” — fascinating, frustrating teasers that left plot lines mysterious and chords unresolved. I remember quizzing my parents about Argentina and why it should or shouldn’t cry for Eva Peron. Read more…

Now running through November 27

 

HANSEL & GRETEL BLUEGRASS at the 24th Street Theatre

Photo by Cooper Bates

Photo by Cooper Bates

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

The 24th Street Theatre has a reputation for producing quality theater suitable for everyone from 8 to 80 years old. Hansel & Gretel Bluegrass, Bryan Davidson’s compelling musical adaptation of the fairy tale about two hungry and imperiled children, is the company’s latest effort. Read more…

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

It’s truly puzzling that many of the world’s most celebrated children’s stories often contain elements that are very unpleasant, and sometimes gore-fest horrible. The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christiansen Anderson, is a good example; in its original version it was utterly gruesome (sorry, Disney!). Read more…

Now running through March 26

UNBOUND at the Hudson Backstage Theatre

Photo by Dean Cechvala

Photo by Dean Cechvala

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Unbound, by D.G. Watson, takes place in 2012. A man and a woman awaken in a hotel room in the same bed, neither having a clue who the other person might be. A common enough scenario in this day and age, the situation evolves into one much more unusual. Read more…

Paul Birchall – Stage and Cinema

It takes talent to juggle political activism, sexual tension, and a highly suspenseful thriller plot, but playwright D.G. Watson has done it. His compelling drama hits an almost astonishing number of dynamic points with a deceptive ease that belies nuances of philosophy and morality. Read more…

Now running through November 27

VICUÑA at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

 (Photo by Craig Schwartz)

(Photo by Craig Schwartz)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz has always tended to treat his subject matter obliquely and to view it from a slightly skewed vantage point. But here, he’s tackled his subject head-on, becoming downright confrontational. And since his subject is Donald Trump, the result is both volatile and controversial. If Baitz was not already on Trump’s enemies list, he probably will be now. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Clothes make the man, and the play, in Jon Robin Baitz’s latest and timely “Vicuña.” It is largely about the run-up to this presidential election, which makes it tailor-made for this week and perhaps the next four years. Read more…

Now running through November 20

MEMPHIS at Musical Theatre West

Caught in the Moment Photography

Caught in the Moment Photography

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

High energy is the name of the game in Musical Theatre West’s 64th-season opener. With a large ensemble of talented singers and dancers, Memphis lives up to its Tony-award winning pedigree and delivers a thoroughly entertaining look at the music scene in the 1950s in the heavily segregated South. Read more…

Now running through November 6