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ICE at 24th Street Theatre

Cooper Bates

Cooper Bates

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

ICE, Leon Martell’s family friendly play, takes place in 1988 and follows the misadventures of two undocumented immigrants: Chepe (Jesús Castaños-Chima), an avid baseball fan who dreams of making a fortune selling gourmet tacos; and his cousin Nacho (Tony Dúran), whom the beleaguered Chepe summons from Mexico to assist him in setting up his business.

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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

Seduced by the notion that, in America, winning is everything, an immigrant loses sight of what is really important in Leon Martell’s world premiere play, ICE. Commissioned by 24th STreet Theatre to commemorate its 20th anniversary, the 65-minute one act highlights the plight of every hopeful soul diligently trying to attain the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness promised by our founding fathers.
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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

The simple but extraordinarily effective stage designs for 24th Street Theatre’s latest offering, “ICE,” immediately inform us of time and place.

A dilapidated truck, a cathedral’s stained-glass window, a quintessentially local street lamp — all these say Los Angeles. A Dodgers announcer excitedly narrating Fernando Valenzuela’s every move via two large television sets with display dials proclaims the 1980s.
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Now running through June 10

PANG! at 24th STreet Theatre

Photo by John Pemble

Photo by John Pemble

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

A couple of years ago, looking to do a piece on socioeconomic disparity, Dan Froot & Company conducted a series of interviews with families suffering from food insecurity. From these interviews — in Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Miami — came three short pieces, designed as radio plays but meant to be produced as a theatre event with live performances, sound effects and music.
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Deborah Klugman – Tolucan Times

A beautifully designed radio play staged before a live audience, Pang! relays the stories of three American families who struggle each day with stresses brought on by poverty and want.
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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

 

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

MAN COVETS BIRD at the 24th Street theatre

Photo by Cooper Bates

Photo by Cooper Bates

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The 24th Street Theatre has distinguished itself by staging plays that have something to say to children and adults alike. While the productions display elements of fun and fancy, they also deal with disappointment and aging and loss – experiences we all encounter as part of our human condition.

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Now running through November 22.

 

Walking the Tightrope, 24th Street Theatre

Photo credit: Cindy Marie Jenkins.

 

Walking the Tightrope by Mike Kenny.

 

David C. Nichols – L.A. Times

Delicately poised between children’s fable and adult reverie at once, only to become another transcendent thing altogether, “Walking the Tightrope” at 24th Street Theatre delivers the evocative, cathartic goods.  Read more…

 

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

A highly theatrical, stylized production for all ages that utilizes poetic language, circus arts, live music and multi-media to explore themes of grief and loss, Walking the Tightrope makes its West Coast premiere debut in Downtown Los Angeles. Presented by LAb24, 24th STreet Theatre’s resident experimental theater company, this show provides a unique experience for families and plays to adults and kids on multiple levels.  Read more…