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I CARRY YOUR HEART at the Bootleg Theatre

Photo by Mae Koo

Photo by Mae Koo

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

The title of Georgette Kelly’s play is both literal and figurative. On the literal level, it’s about a heart transplant and its emotional ramifications for the families of both the recipient and the donor. On the philosophical level, it has multiple implications: It refers to a mother’s feelings for her daughter, and to the feelings of a heart recipient for the woman who donated her heart. Read more…

Now running through June 10

REVOLUTION IN A CATSUIT at the Bootleg Theatre

(Photo by Richard Pope)

(Photo by Richard Pope)

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In Revolution in a Catsuit, directed by Michael Philip Edwards, playwright/lead performer Somi De Souza aims to tackle the problems of ethnic minorities in the entertainment industry — the tendency for directors, casting directors and producers to stereotype people of color and, even more deplorably, cast white actors in minority roles. Read more…

Now running through April 30

THE SECOND WOMAN at the Bootleg Theatre

(Photo by Zb Images)

(Photo by Zb Images)

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

A middle-aged actress obsesses over her fading youth in The Second Woman, a cryptic one-act written by Marissa Chibas and co-directed by Zoe Aja Moore and Fernando Belo.Read more…

Now running through December 11


THE STAND-IN at the Bootleg Theatre


(Photo by Darrett Sanders)

(Photo by Darrett Sanders)

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Sometimes a play can go up a little too early — and I am afraid that is the case with this drama co-written by Alicia Adams and Peter Monro. Its bones are in all the right places, but its narrative is slight and its tone is heavy and flat.Read more…

Now running through November 5

UTOPIA at the Bootleg Theatre

Utopia Photo 1

Photo by Shari Barrett

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Co-written by writer/performers David Douglas and Martin Head, Utopia revolves around a faceoff between Martin (Head), a community entrepreneur looking to create an art gallery reflecting the lives and hopes of people of color, and David (Douglas), an artist and former colleague whom he’s summoned from Albuquerque to work with him on the project.Read more…

Now running through March 5

WOOD BOY DOG FISH at Bootleg Theatre

Photo by Ira Gagon

Photo by Ira Gagon

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

Carlo Collodi’s 19th Century children’s book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, has been largely over-shadowed for modern audiences by Disney’s movie adaptation, which turned it into a sentimental moral tale.

But Collodi’s original was made of sterner stuff: darker, crueler and more disturbing. The hapIess Puppet gets his feet burnt off, and the villains pack some real menace. And when the Cricket appears on the scene, he’s immediately stomped on by the Puppet. Take that, Walt Disney!


Now running through December 12.


BIG SHOT: a.k.a. This is Not The Godfather at the Bootleg Theatre


Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Despite its subtitle, The Godfather is the inspiration for Theatre Movement Bazaar’s latest creation. Their show is billed as a theatrical collage, an appropriate description for a somewhat scattershot piece that features chunks of perceptive writing by Richard Alger and several highly watchable performances but doesn’t quite come together with the vision or inventiveness of some of their prior work. Read more…

Now running through June 6.

VIRAL at the Bootleg Theatre

Photo by Justin Zsebe

Photo by Justin Zsebe

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA

Playwright Mac Rogers has written an oddball comedy about suicide. But his thinking is so muddled, it’s sometimes hard to tell if he’s for it or against it.

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Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

….Rogers’ new comic drama, presented by Moving Arts at the Bootleg Theatre, is entirely about a death wish — specifically, a trio of Portland slacker-scammers trying to cash in on Oregon’s liberal assisted-suicide laws.

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 Now running through January 31.


DATES AND NUTS at the Bootleg Theatre

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In Gary Lennon’s regrettably overwritten comedy, directed by Wilson Milam, Elizabeth Regen plays Eve, a fierce and fiery drama queen searching desperately for love on the streets and in the bars of NYC’s Lower East Side. Read more…

Now running through July 12.Courtesy: Bootleg Theatre

Courtesy: Bootleg Theatre

FIVE SMALL FIRES at Bootleg Theatre


Photo by Jesse Bonnell

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Poor Dog Group’s ambitious Five Small Fires explores the phenomenon of cults, particularly the behavior of those who find a haven within them. The Cal Arts–rooted collective professes to have been exploring cults and ritual for a long time, though if it has been thinking much about the types and motivations of people who join up, and how cult living changes them, such musings don’t enter into the scope of this new work. Read more…

Now running through March 28.

DAY TRADER at the Bootleg Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

David C. Nichols – LA Times

In “Day Trader” at Bootleg Theater, a wannabe screenwriter in midlife crisis concocts an elaborate scheme to circumvent his rich wife’s pre-nup without sacrificing his cushy lifestyle or rebounding libido.

Further plot description would entail spoilers, because Eric Rudnick’s intriguing albeit quirky dark comic spin on the eternal clash between integrity and ambition in Hollywood has more twists than a Carmageddon reroute.  Read more…

Deborah Klugman – ArtsBeatLA

Plays or films about middle-aged men in midlife crisis are pretty common, which doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more, provided the writing is sharp, the plot details fresh and the characters interesting.  Day Trader, by Eric Rudnick, is about a struggling screenwriter named Ron (Danton Stone) looking desperately to escape an unhappy marriage with something more than the shirt on his back. Read more…

Now running through February 16.

THE LATE, LATE SHOW at the Bootleg Theatre

Mayank Keshaviak – LA Weekly

It’s probably not surprising that a show about a vampire that opened on Halloween night features great costumes and is quite the visual spectacle. A fantasia spanning three acts and three vastly different time periods in the life of 300-year-old former slave Porphyrion (creator and performer Paul Outlaw), the piece is a playground for visual exploration, and director Asher Hartman and scenic and lighting designer François-Pierre Couture take full advantage.
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