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Archive for September 2017

RUNAWAY HOME at the Fountain Theatre

 (Photo by Ed Krieger)

(Photo by Ed Krieger)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, playwright Jeremy J. Kamps went to New Orleans as a volunteer, “gutting and mucking” waterlogged, mold-ridden and decaying houses. He was able to observe firsthand the endless problems that plagued local residents in their efforts to rebuild and restore their destroyed communities: government assistance that came too late or not at all, displaced people unable to find lost friends and relatives, racism, red-tape and sometimes deliberate obstruction.

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Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Directed by Shirley Jo Finney, Jeremy J. Camps ‘ Runaway Home takes place in New Orleans in 2008 and revolves around a troubled 14-year-old runaway learning to survive on her own after a physical altercation with her mother prompts her to leave home.

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Now running through November 5

 

 

 

BIG NIGHT at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Big Night is one of those sitcom-like stage comedies that tries super hard to tackle big themes but trips on the very glibness it purports to satirize. Read more…

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

Big Night is a play with aspirations bigger than it can deliver on. The new work by playwright Paul Rudnick wants to make grand statements and provoke gnarly debates about important social issues, but complex issues need to be explored carefully — they’re not best served by being glossed over to get to the next Big Idea, a trap Big Night falls into all too often.   Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

While it is clear that the recent tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the regularity of mass shootings have weighed heavily on comedy writer Paul Rudnick’s mind, his distillation of these heady conversations about gun violence and mental health come wrapped in too shiny of a package in the form of his play, Big Night.
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Now running through October 8

 

SEE/SAW at Civic Center Studios

(Photo by Aaron Champion)

(Photo by Aaron Champion)

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Theatre is an inherently magical experience. When done correctly, a stage, a set and some actors become a world. The audience offers up its suspension of disbelief, and art is created. The question is: Is a magic show inherently theatrical? In the talented hands of close-up card magic virtuoso Siegfried Tieber, the answer to that question is yes.
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Now running through October 8

LA RAZON BLINDADA at 24th Street Theatre

Photo by Juan Tallo)

Photo by Juan Tallo)

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

La Razon Blindada, Argentinian playwright Aristides Vargas’s soulful, songful play (performed in Spanish with English captions) now in revival at the 24th Street Theatre, concludes with a dedication “to those who find their dreams unjustly encircled by walls.”

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Now running through October 15

 

CARMEN DISRUPTION at City Garage Theatre

(Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein)

(Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Playwright Simon Stephens (Heisenberg, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) deconstructs Bizet’s opera Carmen in an attempt to illuminate contemporary issues of loneliness, isolation and all-around anomie.

Now running through October 15

DAYTONA at Rogue Machine Theatre at the MET

(Photo by John Perrin Flynn)

(Photo by John Perrin Flynn)

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright Oliver Cotton’s elegiac and unexpectedly thrilling drama carries the weight of the world on its shoulders — not just the pain and sadness of growing older, or of lost or squandered love, but the legacy of the Holocaust itself.

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Now running through October 30

ONCE at South Coast Repertory

(Photo by Jordan Kubat)

(Photo by Jordan Kubat)

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

Mounting the first regional production of a show that recently played on Broadway puts the creative team between a rock and a hard place: Is it better to do a new take on the material, or is it better to emulate the original production?
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Now running through September 30

‘SCANDAL’ ACTOR JOE MORTON ON CHARLOTTESVILLE, BIGOTRY AND REVIVING THE ACTIVISM OF DICK GREGORY

Photo by Mel Melcon for the LA Tmes

Photo by Mel Melcon for the LA Tmes

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Joe Morton, best known these days as Rowan “Papa” Pope, Olivia Pope’s fiercely protective father on the ABC series “Scandal,” is in the posh Founders Room of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. It’s where next month he will open “Turn Me Loose,” a play on the late comedian and civil-rights activist Dick Gregory.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES at A Noise Within

Craig Schwartz

Craig Schwartz

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens has been a staple of western literature since its publication in 1859, and has been adapted many times over—as movies, television mini-series, radio shows, a short-lived Broadway musical, and plays.
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Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

A solid cast enlivens Charles Dickens’s epic A Tale of Two Cities at A Noise Within, which is tautly directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who drive home comparisons between the bedlam in 18th-century Europe and the current political climate.

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Now running through November 19

IPHIGENIA AT AULIS at the Getty Villa

Photo by Joe Mazza

Photo by Joe Mazza

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

There can be no doubt that the amphitheater at the Getty Villa is a spectacular venue for the presentation of any play, but most especially a play by one of the ancient Greeks.
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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Ancient Greek dramatist Euripides’ play “Iphigenia in Aulis” could seem remote. What have we in common with a father who sacrifices his daughter to the gods in exchange for better weather that will help him wage war?
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Now running through October 30

AMERICAN HOME at Fremont Center Theatre

Photo by Melissa Blue

Photo by Melissa Blue

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

The 2007-08 financial crisis and the collapse of the housing bubble created lots of heartache for lots of people. Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker was among the one in 54 homeowners nationwide to receive a foreclosure notice in 2008. The experience prompted her to write American Home….

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Now running through September 24

MADNESS, MAYHEM AND OTHER STIMULANTS…WHEN WOMEN WRITE at the Brickhouse Theatre

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

This program of one acts by Linda L. Rand is part of Write Act Repertory’s summer playwrights lab festival. This year the festival features plays by women in the company.
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Now running through October 1