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RAGTIME at the Pasadena Playhouse

Nick Agro

Nick Agro

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

Ragtime has got to be up there with Oklahoma! as one of the most undeniably American musicals of all time, and it has finally come home to Southern California. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical made its U.S. premiere at the now-demolished Shubert Theatre in Century City in 1997, before opening on Broadway the following year.
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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

How do you scale down an epic musical like RAGTIME for a smaller stage and a different time? When it opened at the Shubert Theatre in Century City in 1997, the cast numbered nearly fifty, the same as it would for its Broadway debut later that year. The stage was enormous and the production filled every inch of it.

For the revival at Pasadena Playhouse, director David Lee has a different spin.
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Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

“Make them hear you” is one of the most well-known refrains in Ragtime, and the current production at the Pasadena Playhouse is in fact demanding to be heard—and it is well worth listening to.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

In 1975, E.L. Doctorow published Ragtime, his work of historical fiction set in and around New York City during the early years of the 20th Century. He intermingled the stories of three distinct groups of people–upper Middle Class white Americans in New Rochelle, African Americans in Harlem and Eastern European immigrants in the slums of the lower East Side.
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Now running through March 3

WITNESS UGANDA at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Kevin Parry

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Presumably expelled by his New York City church for being gay, Griffin Matthews gathered his earnings from his then-unfruitful acting career and headed to Uganda for a six-week stay to help build a school.

He changed lives there. The Ugandans he met changed his. And from this real-life journey comes “Witness Uganda: A Documentary Musical,” though more musical than documentary, at the Wallis in Beverly Hills through March 3.
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Margaret Gray – LA Times

I was not expecting the new show “Witness Uganda: A Documentary Musical” to win me over.

First, there’s that subtitle — its sheer rhetorical daring evoking all my favorite oxymorons, including “jumbo shrimp,” “new classic” and “unbiased opinion.”
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Ellen Dostal – BroadwayWorld

The need for human connection runs deep in WITNESS UGANDA, a musical by Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould based on Matthews’ real-life experiences in Uganda. At its center is the idea that we are all part of a global family – one world, one heart – connected by an invisible thread that never lets go.  Read more…

Now running through March 3

 

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTANA CLAUS – Troubadour Theater Company at The El Portal Theatre

Ed Krieger

Ed Krieger

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

What would Christmas in LA be without the Troubies? A lot less funny.

Happily, artistic director, writer, and head jokester Matt “Mashup” Walker and his coterie of clowns aren’t about to let anyone down. Not only are they back with their seventeenth annual holiday show, they’re proving just how smart they really are when it comes to delivering a performance that has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening now.
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Now running through December 30

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by Kevin Parry

Photo by Kevin Parry

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

The countdown to Christmas begins and ends with an all-out love blitz this year in For the Record’s latest world premiere, LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, a hybrid entertainment that blends scenes from Richard Curtis‘ 2003 film Love Actually with live performances of the movie’s soundtrack.
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Now running through December 31

 

 

ONE ACT FESTIVAL at SkyPilot Theatre Company

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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

New work is the lifeblood of the theatre and it is also the sole focus of LA-based SkyPilot Theatre Company. Going one step further, SkyPilot’s niche is “producing only original plays, created by LA playwrights,” which they have done consistently since 2010.
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Now running through November 18

THE WOMAN IN BLACK at the Pasadena Playhouse

Roger Mastroianni

Roger Mastroianni

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

An evening of chills, giggles, and parlor tricks are on offer in Stephen Mallatratt’s The Woman in Black, which serves up the perfect treat for the Halloween season.
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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

One of the things theatre does extremely well is create something out of nothing. That’s pretty much the key to Stephen Mallatratt‘s adaptation of Susan Hill‘s gothic ghost story THE WOMAN IN BLACK, which ushers in the Halloween season at Pasadena Playhouse.
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Now running through November 11

WICKED LIT at the Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena

Daniel Kitayama

Daniel Kitayama

 Harker Jones – LA Weekly

Presenting its 10th season of screams and scares at the Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, Wicked Lit has become an Halloween-season tradition in Los Angeles. The immersive walking theater experience presented by Unbound Productions gives patrons a look at Mountain View’s stunning mortuary (designed by Cecil E. Bryan) and provides a perfect complement to the show’s supernatural subject matter.
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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World
For eight of the last ten years, Wicked Lit has created theatre among the dead – quite literally – at Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena.
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Now running through November 10

FAIRY TALE THEATRE 18 & OVER: THE MUSICAL at Ammunition Theatre Company at The Pico

Jeff Lorch

Jeff Lorch

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

Ammunition Theatre Company ventures into the wacky world of fractured fairy tales for its latest production, FAIRY TALE THEATRE 18 & OVER: THE MUSICAL.
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Now running through October 7

LIZZIE at Color and Light Theatre Ensemble @ Resident LA

Corwin Evans

Corwin Evans

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

How much rage would a person need to feel to kill two people with 29 whacks of an axe? The short answer is, a lot. That’s the number Andrew Borden and his second wife Abby actually sustained in 1892 – not the 81 immortalized in this haunting nursery rhyme.
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Now running through September 29

NIGHTWALK IN THE CHINESE GARDEN at the Huntington Library’s Chinese Garden

Angel Origgi

Angel Origgi

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

When writer/director Stan Lai has an idea for a new play, people take notice………Now, he brings a breathtaking new play to the Huntington Library’s Chinese Garden, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan.
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 Now running through October 26

THE WORLD GOES ROUND at the Freud Playhouse

Michael Lamont

Michael Lamont

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

Somewhere between its opening of SWEET CHARITY in late June and the end of July, Reprise 2.0 postponed its second scheduled production of its inaugural season, VICTOR/VICTORIA. In its place, the company has mounted a revival of Kander & Ebb’s musical revue, THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND…….Read more…

Now running through September 16

TITUS ANDRONICUS in Griffith Park

Grettel Cortes

Grettel Cortes

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

TITUS ANDRONICUS is one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies. Characters are stabbed, beheaded, mutilated, raped, baked in a pie, and one is even buried up to his neck and left to die. At first glance it may not sound like an obvious choice for families…….
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Now running through September 1