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FAILURE: A LOVE STORY at GTC Burbank

Photo by John Koppling

Photo by John Koppling

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Prolific Chicago-based playwright, Phillip Dawkins, is back. When his riveting ensemble drama “The Homosexuals” was presented at L.A.’ s Celebration Theater in 2013, it certainly whetted one’s appetite to view more of his work. In a staging by L.A.’s Coeurage Theatre Company, Dawkins’ zany seriocomic reverie, “Failure: A Love Story” is an ambitious and determinedly offbeat work, spotlighting a spirited ensemble cast. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Philip Dawkins’ unorthodox play Failure: A Love Story isn’t the first to counsel music, love and laughter as an antidote to death, but it may be unique in heralding that milestone in a blithe and gleeful way. Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

One truthful takeaway (amongst many) of playwright Philip Dawkins’s beautifully wistful and charming tour de force is this:  Everyone you love will probably die. In fact, take out that “probably.”  Everyone you love will die and, in this work of slapstick tragedy, you can either be a grump about it, or you can just live your life as hard as you can and not worry about it.  Read more…

Now running through August 29.

OKLAHOMA! – Cabrillo Musical Theatre at the Kavli Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer-winning 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” sparkles anew in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s exuberantly entertaining revisit to the Broadway classic.Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

The first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, “Oklahoma!,” which debuted in 1943, is often credited with reinventing musical theater — although “Showboat,” from 1927, is invariably mentioned in the same sentence. Read more…

Now running through July 26.

GIRLFRIEND at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

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Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Todd Almond’s libretto for the musical Girlfriend is as honest as a John Hughes gay musical would have been—if John Hughes had written a gay musical. Using Matthew Sweet’s 1990s Alternative Rock album of the same name as it’s framework, this story captures the anticipation and titillation that sets in when one’s crush starts to pay attention and reciprocate that affection.Read more…

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Matthew Sweet’s 1991 rock album, “Girlfriend,” was parlayed into an intimate two-character musical, which originally bowed at Berkeley Rep in 2010. Revised for its current L.A. premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, this utterly disarming teenage gay love story effectively evokes an earlier era…… Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

It’s Alliance, Nebraska in 1993, and two teenage boys, Will (Ryder Bach) and Mike (Curt Hanson), face troubling questions about their sexual identity.  Read more…

Now running through August 9.
 

ADAM & EVE AND STEVE: A MUSICAL at the Noho Arts Center

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Source: Jessica Tunstad

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

As if on cue, following the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality,  and Wayne Moore’s exuberant musical spoof “Adam & Eve and Steve: The Musical” floats into the L.A. theater arena at precisely the right moment. Read more…

Now running through August 30.

A PERMANENT IMAGE at Theatre/Theater

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Photo by John Flynn

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Here’s a deal, L.A. theaters: We’ll happily watch all the liquored-up-dysfunctional-family-reunion dramas you care to stage, as long as you cast Anne Gee Byrd as the mother. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Like his other plays, Samuel D. Hunter’s A Permanent Image is set in the arid cultural wasteland of northern Idaho. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Obie-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (“The Whale,” “A Bright New Boise”) is among the most vibrant and relevant voices in contemporary theater, known for his daring works of uncompromising emotional resonance and psychological depth. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Ah, to be in northern Idaho, where an ordinary couple could peacefully parent a son and daughter, and then spend their golden years wallowing in substance abuse and unenlightening religious worship. em>Read more…

 

Now running through July 20.

COMPANY at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

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Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking 1970 musical, “Company,” about romance and loneliness in the big city, remains a quintessential snapshot of the era in which it bowed, as viewed through the eyes of a commitment-phobic young bachelor. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Launching a version of Company, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking 1970s musical, is a daunting task. The script focuses on Bobby, a passive character who observes his friends’ marriages. It requires a compelling actor who fills the vessel that Sondheim and his librettist George Furth had forged. Read more…

Now running through February 8.

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SERIAL KILLER, BARBIE at the NoHo Arts Center

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Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

This fall, a string of new musicals that spoof horror films was kicked off with “Scary Musical, The Musical” and “Scream!” Those productions are now joined by ”Serial Killer Barbie,”featuring a book and lyrics by Colette Freedman, with music and additional lyrics by Nickella Moschetti. Despite its amusing title, “Barbie” is less concerned with sending up the horror genre than offering a boisterous off-the-wall satire of adolescent angst and crass social values. Read more…

Now running through December 21.

YOU LOVE THAT I’M NOT YOUR WIFE at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse

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Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

A new theater group, the Fringe Theatre Company in North Hollywood, offers the premiere of an ensemble play set in contemporary L.A. Writer-director Joanne Mosconi’s “You Love That I’m Not Your Wife” is a multi-character battle-of-the-sexes comedy in which various couples and potential couples face myriad challenges in starting and/or solidifying relationships. Read more…  yl

Now running through Oct. 5.  ylll

SCARY MUSICAL AT THE NoHo Arts Center

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Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Picture the myriad sequels and copycat films that were spawned by “Scary Movie,” which itself seemed inspired by “Airplane!” the granddaddy of all off-the-wall genre sendups. Add in a goofy rock score that is equal parts “Rocky Horror Show” and “Rock of Ages,” with a touch of Monty Python on speed. The hilariously grisly result of that audacious brew is an intimate new stage tuner called “Scary Musical, The Musical,” which has bowed at the NoHo Arts Center. Read more…scary

Now running through November 9.

COCK at Rogue Machine Theatre

 

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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.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Glendale Centre Theatre

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

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Director Danny Michaels’ and co-director/choreographer Orlando Alexander’s bare-bones production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a smorgasbord of giddy fluff.  Read more…

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Now running through Oct. 4.

ONE IN THE CHAMBER at the Lounge Theatre

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Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

For committed theatergoers, there’s no happier occasion than stumbling upon a mature, polished work of dramatic art where you never expected to find one. In the little hole-in-the-wall Lounge on Santa Monica Boulevard, 6140 Productions is putting up the world premiere of Marja-Lewis Ryan’s One in the Chamber, and you will not encounter a more stimulating evening of theater this year, nor one harder to shake off. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Marja-Lewis Ryan made a notable debut as a playwright in 2011, with “Dysnomia,” at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. The seriocomic play, about a matriarch in an ostensibly idyllic suburban household who suddenly announces to her husband and children that she is coming out of the closet, was trenchantly amusing and extraordinarily moving.  Read more…

Now running through September 7.