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Archive for April 2018 – Page 2

VOTE, PRAY, LOVE at Celebration Theater at the Lex

Bryan Carpender

Bryan Carpender

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Ryan O’Connor is a personable entertainer, and Vote, Pray, Love, directed by Marissa Jaret Winokur at the Celebration Theatre, is a personable play. A bit of a hodgepodge, it’s one of those shows whose rough edges are immaterial when measured against the generosity and charm of its writer and lead performer.
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Now running through April 16

SAINT JOAN at the Broad Stage

Photo by C. King Photography

Photo by C. King Photography

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

When New York-based theater troupe Bedlam first performed their four-person version of George Bernard Shaw’s 1923 play Saint Joan, they staged it in an off-Broadway theater, somewhat similar in size and scope to L.A.’s 99-seat houses. It’s a frenetic, full-of-energy work that would play well in a smaller space — but despite the best efforts of the cast and director, the show gets lost in the large auditorium setting of Santa Monica’s Broad Stage.
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Now running through April 15

MULATTO MATH – SUMMING UP THE RACE EQUATION IN AMERICA at the Whitefire Theatre

Adam Emperor Southard

Adam Emperor Southard

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Writer/performer Monique DeBose grew up in California in the ‘80s, the daughter of an African-American father from North Carolina and an Irish-American mother from New York State. Being the progeny of a biracial couple created an identity crisis that she resolved only after becoming an adult. Mulatto Math Summing Up the Race Equation in America appears to be the fruit of this expiating process
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Now running through May 6

THE NIGHT FORLORN (OR, WAITIN’ ON GODSFORD) at Theatre West

Gary Kluger

Gary Kluger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Steve Nevil’s “tumbleweed comedy” strives to be both a version of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot set in the American West in 1870, and homage to the film westerns of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah — and to a large extent it succeeds on both counts.
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Now running through April 22

 

THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE at the Road on Lankershim

Brian M. Cole

Brian M. Cole

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

It’s Christmas Eve in 2011. The Keen family is haunted by the memories, and the ghost, of daughter Dana (Kara Hume), who was killed while working as a Navy corpsman in Afghanistan. Each member of the family reacts differently to the loss.
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Now running through May 13

AKUMA-SHIN at the Broadwater Main Stage

Jessica Sherman Photography

Jessica Sherman Photography

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Alternate reality stories have long been popular, and there are a couple of main reasons for their appeal. First, it’s just fun to extrapolate how history might have proceeded if things had been different. Second, these stories provide an opportunity for authors to use a fictional reality to comment upon our own. That’s certainly the intent in Kenley Smith’s Akuma-shin
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Now running through April 28