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THE LAST VIG at the Zephyr Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

The Last Vig is billed as a show starring Burt Young, the Academy Award-nominated actor who played Paulie in the Rocky series. Unfortunately, Young’s performance is one of many big problems in the show, which plays through February 19 at the Zephyr Theatre. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Mobsters, especially Italian ones, are as much a part of American folklore as cowboys. Writer/director David Varriale capitalizes on our fascination with them in this character-driven dramedy:    Read more…

Now running through February 19

THE ROOMMATE at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

A worldly 50-something lesbian from the Bronx moves in with a naïve 50-something woman in Iowa and changes her roommate’s life. That’s the gist of Jen Silverman’s stilted one-act, whose main appeal is its focus on the lives of older women, usually given short shrift in American film and theater.   Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

There are just a few two-handers in theatre that feature two women of a certain age talking and bonding over the similarities and/or differences in their lives. Read more…

Now running through January 22

I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY at Theatre Unleashed

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Photo by Divimage

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

This latest bit of froth from Theatre Unleashed is a musical adaptation of Brandon Thomas’s 1892 comedy, Charley’s Aunt. While we all need distraction these days, in this case the plot and its prime comic hook are simply too out-of-date to be interesting. Read more…

Now running through January 15

THE KING AND I at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Matthhew Murphy

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Erin Conley – On Stage and Screen

The production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King & I that won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival, in 2015 has made its way to Los Angeles just in time for the holidays.    Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The King and I was the fifth collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, following their classics Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific and their flop Allegro.   Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

The national tour of director Bartlett Sher’s revival of The King and I, now making a stop at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, is scrumptiously produced, a visual feast worthy of the exotic musical. Read more…

F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

Twentieth-century French literary maven François Mauriac once observed, “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.” Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Anna and the King of Siam first emerged in popular culture in 1944 as a novel by Margaret Langdon, which she based on the memoirs (now considered suspect) of Anna Harriette Leonowens, a British widow who taught English in the court of the King of Siam between 1862 and 1867. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

In mid-Victorian days, a Siamese king and an English activist-educator came together in a clash of cultures. That pairing inspired memoirs, then a novel, then films and stage musicals. Read more…

Now running through January 21

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY at the Belfry Stage

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

When I was a kid, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life was shown on TV every holiday season, along with Miracle on 34th Street, another heart-warmer that celebrated the essential goodness of human beings, or a few of them at least. Read more…

Now running through December 18

THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Loft Ensemble Theatre

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Photo by Shane Tometich

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Writers and directors are famously at odds, and there is perhaps no more celebrated example than the clash between Anton Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavski over The Cherry Orchard…… Read more…

Now running through January 15

THE WHOLEHEARTED at the Kirk Douglas theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The Wholehearted is an intense, ambitious work in need of finessing.

Performed by Suli Holum, it’s inspired by the real life account of world champion female boxer Christy Martin, an abused spouse who survived a murder attempt by her husband but never made a comeback after he shot and stabbed her and left her for dead. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

In Deborah Stein’s play “The Wholehearted,” world-premiering at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, a female prizefighter named Dee Crosby finds herself at a crossroads in life. Read more…

Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

Considering the gravity of the themes raised by this production—abuse, violence, homophobia, lifelong heartache—the audience should feel deeply immersed in the world of this woman boxer, feeling every literal and metaphoric punch that touched her. Instead, focus lands on the techniques the storytelling uses and not on the heart of The Wholehearted.

Now running through December 11

 

GARDEL’S TANGO at the Zephyr Theatre

Photo by Big White Bazooka Photography

Photo by Big White Bazooka Photography

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Carlos Gardel was born Charles Gardès in France to an unwed mother who emigrated to Argentina shortly after his birth. He grew up in a working class neighborhood in Buenos Aires, later becoming an international celebrity famous for his baritone voice, his Latin-lover looks and his heart-fluttering female fans. Read more…

Now running through December 18

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NOVEMBER ON THE BANKS OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT LAKES at Theatre of NOTE

Photo by Troy Blendell

Photo by Troy Blendell

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Kate Benson’s A Beautiful Day in November On the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes takes place on Thanksgiving and revolves around a family’s collective preparation of the traditional holiday meal.  Read more…

Now running through December 11

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

 

ICEBERGS at the Geffen Playhouse

Jeff Lorch Photography

Jeff Lorch Photography

Margaret Gray – LA Times

During Alena Smith’s play “Icebergs,” in its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, thirtysomething screenwriter Calder (Nate Corddry) sets up an air mattress in his Silver Lake living room for a visiting friend.     Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Isolation and tribalism, art and commerce, privacy and over-sharing, global warming and geological cycles, commitment and divorce, parental frustration and parental adoration, instability and inevitability. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

A screenwriter must choose between preserving the integrity of his story or changing it to please a box-office star. A career-minded actress must decide between having the baby she and her husband presumably long for or pursuing her profession. Read more…

Now running through December 18

EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN at American Legion Post 43

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Some stories bear retelling no matter how many times we’ve heard them before, and Rebecca Stahl’s melodrama about an emotionally disturbed veteran of our recent wars in the Middle East falls into that niche. While the play could lose a couple of its contrivances, and the performances, under John DiFusco’s direction, need more dimension, the drama’s nuts-and-bolts remain worthy of attention.   Read more…

Now running through December 4