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BELOVED at The Road Theatre

Photo by Michele Young

Photo by Michele Young

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Beloved, a world premiere play by Canadian playwright Arthur Holden, opens in a waiting room outside a counsellor’s office at a posh school, where an affluent upper-middle-aged couple await news of their son. Thirty minutes have gone by since they’ve arrived, and no one has summoned them in, or explained why they’ve been called. Stephen (Sam Anderson), grown choleric and hostile, declares his intent to barge into the counsellor’s inner sanctum despite being asked not to enter. His wife Dorothy (Taylor Gilbert) cautions restraint, but she too is anxious and upset, and will become more so as the situation unfolds. Read more…

Now through June 19

DREAM CATCHER at the Fountain Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In concept, Stephen Sachs’ Dream Catcher at the Fountain Theatre is a timely play. Directed by Cameron Watson, it details a clash between a young engineer involved in designing a solar-energy plant that would help combat global warming, and a poorly educated Native American woman who objects to the project because it violates the sacred lands of her people. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Contemporary headlines about global warming, a hot-button political controversy, merge with matters of social conscience and human history in the world premiere of Stephen Sachs’ challenging two-person drama. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Spending any extended time in a desert like our own Mojave inevitably becomes a transformative experience, gradually and continually altering one’s perceptions of our place in a natural environment. It’s eerie the way one’s sensibility adjusts to the desert’s variety and pulse as our awareness continues to fine-tune. Read more…

Now running through March 21

PICNIC at Antaeus Theatre Company

Photo by Karianne Flaathen

Photo by Karianne Flaathen

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

In its shimmering revival of William Inge’s steamy 1953 classic, “Picnic,” the classics-focused Antaeus Theatre Company serves up a theatrical feast. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The intimacy of small-town life and its stifling limitations permeate “Picnic,” which the thoughtfully representative staging at Antaeus Theater Company underscores without telegraphing. Read more…

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

About 15 minutes into Picnic, William Inge’s 1953 play about desire and repression in a small Kansas town, Hal (Jason Dechert), a free-spirited drifter wearing no shirt and glistening with sweat, struts over to a disapproving neighbor and her two virginal daughters, and asks, “Is it all right if I light a fire?” em>Read more…

Now running through August 16.

COCK at Rogue Machine Theatre



Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Also known as “Cockfight Play,” a perhaps less threatening title preferred in some media outlets, Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award winning British play, “Cock,” makes its L.A. debut in a taut and terrific staging. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

“We’re just going around in circles,” a character accurately observes in British playwright Mike Bartlett’s “Cockfight Play,” having its L.A. premiere at Rogue Machine Theatre. (The actual title, unprintable here, is two syllables shorter. Read more…

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

English playwright Mike Bartlett’s Cock premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre when he was 29. Even now, he’s only in his mid-30s. His tautly written play is also a love story, but one that has little to do with The End. Read more…

Neal. Weaver – Arts in LA

Mike Bartlett’s long one-act is a tale of uncertain sexual identity. It attempts to be both visceral and abstract. The central figure is John (Patrick Stafford), the only character who is given a name. He has been living for some time with his lover M (for Man?), played by Matthew Elkins. John claims to love M, but when a young woman, here called W (Rebecca Mozo), takes an erotic interest in him, he succumbs almost immediately to her blandishments, and they tumble into bed. Read more…

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

British playwright Mike Bartlett’s play (whose actual title is less family-friendly) about the ambivalence of love and sexuality, which won the Olivier Award in its 2010 production in London, has both the rewards and the shortcomings of a traditional “problem play.” Read more…

Now running through November 3.