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COLLECTIVE RAGE at The Theatre at Boston Court

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Collective Rage, whose poster features a gal with soft eyes, a flexed bicep and a clenched fist, is subtitled “a play in 5 boops” because all five characters are named Betty Boop, after the cartoon figure conceived by Max Fleischer in 1930. Read more…

Frances Baum Nicholson – The Daily Breeze

If a play intends to use cultural references in the course of its work, it probably makes sense to be sure that the audience will catch a clue as to what those references are. Read more…

Now running through March 19

CANNIBALS ALONE at The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Steph Deferie’s Cannibals Alone bears the surface markings of a timely dystopian drama, with an all-female cast of tough characters you wouldn’t want to mess with. The feminist angle is commendable; otherwise, the play lacks cogency and reeks of bad TV melodrama of the sci-fi variety. Read more…

Now running through March 5

 

LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN at the ACTORS GANG

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Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Somewhere in the middle of Bryonn Bain’s soulful one-of-a-kind show, the playwright/poet/performer recounts an interview between himself and a public defender. Their talk takes place in an interrogation room in a New York City police precinct, where Bain has been wrongly detained on criminal charges. The Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry champion and teacher of incarcerated youth explains to the legal aid attorney that the situation at hand is a case of mistaken identity…Read more…

Now running through February 26

EVERY BRILLIANT THING at the Edye at the Broad

Photo by Michaela Bodlovic

Photo by Michaela Bodlovic

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Jonny Donahoe, a wonderful storyteller, is so personal and persuasive that one assumes, or at least I did, that the solo show he performs at the Edye at the Broad is an autobiographical play. But it isn’t. Every Brilliant Thing was initially written by Duncan Macmillan….Read more…

Now running through February 12

KING HEDLEY II at the Matrix Theatre

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

August Wilson’s King Hedley II takes place in the 1980s when Reaganomics, and the notion that wealth trickles down from the rich to the poor, was the hypothetical order of the day. The reality, of course, is that no such trickling took place; the poor, black and white, grew poorer than ever, a circumstance we see in the struggle of Wilson’s title character to earn a living for himself and his family, and to garner, against odds, some measure of self-respect.    Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This play by the late August Wilson is part of his 10-play series about the black experience in each of the decades of the 20th century. This one is set in the 1980s. The title character, King Hedley II (Esau Pritchett), is a proud but thwarted black man, whose face is bisected by a livid scar, the result of a razor attack.   Read more…

Now running through February 12

FELLOWSHIP at Cornerstone Theatre Company

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Photo by Brian Biery

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fellowship in various ways: as companionship, as a community of interest or experience, as a company of equals or friends, among others. These definitions serve as prologue to Julie Marie Myatt’s immersive stage play, fellowship: a play for volunteers……… Read more…

Now running through February 12

ZANNA DON’T! at Chromolume Theatre at the Attic

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Photo by Tyler Vess

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

There’s a lot of singing about love in Tim Acito’s musical fantasy, Zanna, Don’t! which is set in a high school in the Midwest (Heartsville High), where homosexuality is the norm and being hetero prompts wrinkled noses and grossed-out looks. Read more…

Now running through February 5

THE FOUND DOG RIVER DANCE at the Atwater Village Theatre

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Photo by Darrett Sanders

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

In the opening scene of The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, a world premiere play by Dominic Finocchiaro currently being presented by the Echo Theater Company, a man wearing a Lucha mask uses a webcam to record himself dancing, with ribbons, of course, to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

This production of Dominic Finocchiaro’s The Found Dog River Dance wants to be wry and whimsical and deeply revelatory, but succeeds only fractionally, especially with the revelatory part.

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Now running through February 26

BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

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Photo by Gina Long

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In 1985 police dropped a bomb on a predominantly black middle-class neighborhood in Philadelphia. They were targeting MOVE, a strange radical group known for staging vociferous profanity-laden demonstrations against the Establishment. Read more…

Now running through February 18

THE LAST VIG at the Zephyr Theatre

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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

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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