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LITTLE WOMEN at Chance Theatre

(Chance Theatre)

(Chance Theatre)

Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania

With only a piano and a small cast, Chance Theater‘s production of Little Women is a pleasurable surprise — a warm and inviting musical, filled with spirited characters and melodic songs. It feels like being home for the holidays with family. Read more…

Now running through December 23

THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre


Photo by Garrett Palm

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

A clear sign that something has entered the zeitgeist is when people decide to mock it in song. Now that the TV series Game of Thrones has become a worldwide phenomenon, its time has come. Read more…

Now running through December 20

A TELENOVA CHRISTMAS CAROL at Archway Studio Theatre

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(Photo by Adam Neubauer)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Ebenezer Scrooge becomes miserly tequila manufacturer Pedro Azucar in this Mexican-American variation on Charles Dickens’ durable (and sometimes inescapable) Christmas classic. The script is by Adam Neubauer and Sebastian Munoz, who directs the piece and also plays Pedro with exuberant and deliberate hamminess.    Read more…

Now running through December 18

The LADCC/Wallis Student Reporter Event enjoys a successful third outing

Photo by Kevin Parry for The Wallis.

Photo by Kevin Parry for The Wallis.

This past weekend several critics from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle collaborated the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for our third joint LADCC/Wallis Student Reporter Event. 

Approximately 12 students, ranging in age between 12-18, came to the Wallis this past weekend to participate in this special event.  Critics Dany Margolies, Katie Buenneke and Jonas Schwartz spent the afternoon with the students, working with them on developing their theater critique techniques.

The event began with a primer on the history of the flop musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is now playing at the Wallis until December 18, 2016.

The dozen students joined the critics for the weekend matinee performance of Merrily at the Wallis. Then everyone returned to the classroom to spent 90 minutes forming a review.

Observed Jonas Schwartz, “As with last time, when we took them to For The Record, the students were very insightful and had a clear understanding of what they saw and how to interpret.”

The critics and students discussed and compiled everyone’s critical input. The students are now tasked with composing and submitting their own critical reviews that will be published on the Wallis website in the coming week.

Everyone was pleased with another successful event.

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The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of


Runs through December 18, 2016

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Beverly Hills

More information and tickets can be found here and here.

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by George Furth
directed by Michael Arden
Whitney Bashor, Wayne Brady, Aaron Lazar, Saycon Sengbloh, Amir Talai, Donna Vivino
with Eric B. Anthony, Sandy Bainum, Melody Butiu, Doran Butler, Max Chucker, Sarah Daniels, Kevin Patrick Doherty,
Laura Dickinson, Rachael Ferrera, Jennifer Foster, Travis Leland, Lyle Colby Mackston, Brent Schindele, Maximus Brandon Verso.




GARDEL’S TANGO at the Zephyr Theatre

Photo by Big White Bazooka Photography

Photo by Big White Bazooka Photography

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Carlos Gardel was born Charles Gardès in France to an unwed mother who emigrated to Argentina shortly after his birth. He grew up in a working class neighborhood in Buenos Aires, later becoming an international celebrity famous for his baritone voice, his Latin-lover looks and his heart-fluttering female fans. Read more…

Now running through December 18