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MUTUAL PHILANTHROPY – Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Lew Abramson

Photo by Lew Abramson

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA follows on the huge success of Watching O.J. with another play that surveys the social, economic and ethnic chasms that invariably unite and divide us. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

One of the wryest moments in Karen Rizzo’s insightful, 75-minute one-act comes when Lee (Mark Carapezza), a sculptor attending a dinner party with his wife, blinks with bewilderment as he clutches a glass of $2,500-a-bottle Scotch in one hand and a goblet of chichi red wine in the other. Read more…

Now running through September 25

ONE OF THE NICE ONES – Echo Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Not all sociopaths reach for a gun.

Some people appear normal until one day an event triggers their rage and they go off the deep end. A few of these individuals turn violent, but others, like Tracy (Rebecca Gray), the loose-lipped but (deceptively) harmless-looking woman at the core of Erik Patterson’s scabrously funny One of the Nice Ones, wreak their anger in less blatant but nonetheless devastating ways. Read more…

Now running through August 21

 

DRY LAND – Echo Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders)

Photo by Darrett Sanders)

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land succeeds on multiple levels: first, as a dark comedy, second, as a graphic portrayal of the process of a self-administered abortion, and last and most particularly, as a sharp and illuminating character study. This West Coast premiere by the Echo Theatre Company is entertaining and assured and a lot funnier than the subject matter might suggest. Read more…

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

With the right to choose under fire nationwide, a play featuring a 17-year-old grappling with an unwanted pregnancy couldn’t be timelier. Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land, directed by Alana Dietz for the Echo Theater Company, fits that description.    Read more…

 

Now running through May 15

STOPPING BY at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Brian Dillinger

Photo by Brian Dillinger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Writer/solo performer Barbara Tarbuck has titled her vibrant one-act Stopping By, a phrase that calls to mind Robert Frost’s iconic poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, with its meditation (as I interpret it anyway) on human mortality. Read more..

Now running through April 13

BED at the Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Kate Morgan Chadwick makes an arresting entrance as she slithers alluringly across the floor at Atwater Village Theatre, climbing onto the large white bed (Se Oh’s scenic design) that serves as the focus for Sheila Callaghan’s fiercely feminist one-act. Read more…

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

The central focus of Bed — Sheila Callaghan’s crazy, funny, sexually-explicit, dark new drama about relationships — is Holly, played brilliantly by Kate Morgan Chadwick. Holly is an wildly talented post-punk rocker musician who is also an emotional trainwreck — think Courtney Love or Patti Smith. Over the course of roughly ten years, we watch Holly grow as an artist and mature in her relationship with Cliff (TW Leshner). It’s a riveting journey with a surprising payoff.     Read more…

Now running through March 13

DNA at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Gary Gangi

Photo by Gary Gangi

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In his 1954 Lord of the Flies, William Golding wrote about cruel behavior, herd mentality and the will to power among a community of adolescent boys. The same disturbing themes are present in British playwright Dennis Kelly’s DNA, which premiered in 2007 at the youth-oriented Theatre Connections Festival in London.  Read more…

Now running through December 20.

 

@THESPEEDOFJAKE at the Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Blake Boyd

Photo by Blake Boyd

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Jennifer Maisel’s new play, premiering with this production, examines the way we deal with grief, loss, and death.

Clark (Ryan Yu) and Emily (Elizabeth Pan) were a happily married couple, devoted to their 10-year-old son Jake (whom we never see).  But when Jake is suddenly killed in a hideous bicycle accident, their marriage is severely stressed. Read more...

Now running through December 7.

GET. THAT. SNITCH. at Atwater Village Theatre

Pphoto: Courtesy Great Minds Creative Productions

Photo: Courtesy Great Minds Creative Productions

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

Like most of the gangsters it features in its slick, style-obsessed production at the Atwater Village Theatre, Get. That. Snitch., the debut effort of Great Minds Creative Productions, talks a big game. But like the “very bad men” who one by one fall to their knees in a pool of their own gore, eliciting little more than a shrug from their colleagues, it proves surprisingly slight

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Now running through November 1.

ICU at the Atwater Village Theatre

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

In “ICU,” playwright Fielding Edlow diagnoses dark humor in the most dysfunctional family this side of Eugene O’Neill’s Tyrone clan. Here, they’re upper-middle-class New York Jews, snarling and kvetching through the striking environmental staging by Circle X Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre.   Read more…

Now running through October 31.

WATCHING O.J. at the Atwater Village theatre

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Playwright David McMillan’s Watching O.J. cogently encapsulates the passions and perspectives surrounding the murder trial of ex-professional football star and actor O.J. Simpson – an event which captivated America and much of the Western world this month, 20 years ago. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Tomorrow you can be white again, Harold,” one of the central characters is told in “Watching O.J.,” the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles’ account of the day the O.J. Simpson verdict came down. The production has some new-play issues, but as that provocative line indicates, the pertinence of “Watching O.J.” is undeniable. Read more…

Now running through November 8.

AMERICAN FALLS at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Photo by Darrett Sanders

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Playwright Miki Johnson’s discerning but uneven one act takes place in small-town America and calls to mind Thoreau’s phrase “lives of quiet desperation.”  Read more…

Now running through Oct. 11.

GHOST LIGHT at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Troy Blendell

Photo by Troy Blendell

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

There’s an old superstition that an empty theater should never be left dark – hence the term ghost light, referring to the solitary light that illuminates the house after everyone’s gone home.

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Now running through August 27.