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LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE at the Falcon Theatre

(Photo - Sherry Greczmiel)

(Photo – Sherry Greczmiel)

Terry Morgan – Stage Raw

A Troubadour Theatre Company holiday show has become a beloved local tradition, often selling out shortly after the dates are announced. There’s good reason for this: Troubie shows are reliably hilarious and fun, combining the classic music of a particular artist with the interpretation of a well-known story. Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Classical music composer Katherine Kennicott Davis wrote the song “The Little Drummer Boy” AKA “Carol of the Drum,” based on a traditional Czech carol, in 1941.    Read more…

Now running through January 15

PARALLEL LIVES at the Falcon Theatre

Photo by Sasha A. Venola

Photo by Sasha A. Venola

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

The spirits of Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy cast a long shadow over director Jenny Sullivan’s mostly straightforward production of this one time off-Broadway hit.  (Gaffney and Najimi were the original writer/performers of this two-person comic show, which won an Obie in 1989 and was later produced on HBO in 1994.)    Read more…

Now running through September 18

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TOLUCA LAKE: THE MUSICAL at the Falcon Theatre

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Photo by Sasha Venola

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

When critic Walter Kerr reviewed the musical Zorba, he observed that it was the only musical he’d ever seen where he actively hated the chorus. This show, with book, music and lyrics by Molly Bell, is an intimate musical so it has no chorus, but the characters are, if not hateful, decidedly unlovable.   Read more…

Now running through April 24

THE SNOW QUEEN – Troubadour Theater Company at the Falcon Theatre

Photo by Jill Mamey

Photo by Jill Mamey

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

As surely as the Rockettes annually turn out to Occupy Radio City, Troubadour Theater Company uses December to command Burbank’s Falcon Theatre for a celebratory holiday mash-up of some sort of Christmas tale and a particular pop songbook. The Snow QUEEN, the sixth such expression of wassail I’ve encountered, is one of the company’s very finest: clever and vulgar and warm by turns, always funny and marked by superior theatricality. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

For anyone who hasn’t gotten enough of Frozen or this blustery season of Once Upon a Time, the members of the comedy group The Troubadours have taken on the original Andersen tale, The Snow QUEEN, with their usual brand of buffoonery, including a toe-tapping song list by the rock group Queen. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

The Troubadour Theater Company’s annual Christmas show is a fan favorite, but happily it’s not all about the in-jokes (and there are many). This wacky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s slightly obscure and dark fairytale focuses on a pair of Danish friends who become separated due to the whim of an evil Snow Queen. Read more...

Now running through January 18.

 

 

A OR B? at the Falcon Theatre

Photo by Jill Mamey

Photo by Jill Mamey

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Ken Levine, who wrote the new play A or B?, has spent decades in television, writing, producing and consulting, mostly on sitcoms. His credits include the iconic M*A*S*H, where he was head writer. M*A*S*H was smart, entertaining and told Americans a thing or two about who we are.  Read more…

Now running through November 16.

THE WESTERN UNSCRIPTED at the Falcon Theatre

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Photo by Jill Mamey

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Improvising a new play every night is Impro Theatre’s hallmark promise, whether they’re parodying  Chekhov, Shakespeare, Jane Austen or, in the case of their latest production at the Falcon Theatre, the American Western genre. Read more…

Now running through October 5.

ABBAMEMNON at the Falcon Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Stton

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Aeschylus meets Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid in “ABBAMEMNON,” the latest deconstruction from Troubadour Theater Company. The classic Greek playwright, Swedish pop group and incomparable troupe may never be quite the same again, and neither will audiences. Read more…

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

There are no sly topical winks in Kenneth Cavander’s problematic adaptation of the Oedipus trilogy. Cavander’s new play, The Curse of Oedipus, which just opened at Antaeus Company, is pure classical gas.

Nor are there any modern-day army fatigues or national insignias worn on shoulders in Casey Stangl’s beautiful, skillful staging — performed confidently and clearly —, accompanied throughout by Geno Monteiro’s drumming on an array of percussive instruments. Read more…

Now running through July 13.

THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON at the Falcon Theatre

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David C. Nichols –  LA Times

That rarefied place where craft, collaboration and content create theatrical poetry is everywhere in “The Last Act of Lilka Kadison” at the Falcon Theatre.

Indeed, this delicately potent West Coast premiere, a co-production between the Falcon and Chicago’s Tony-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company, often seems to be composing itself before our eyes in a blend of magic realism and transparent emotion.   Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

A memory play should say something about the person having the memory, but in The Last Act of LilkaKadison, it’s hard to make a connection between the caricatured curmudgeon reflecting on her past and the bright, sweet 17-year-old self she is recalling.  Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts in LA

Everyone suffers from ghosts, either the memories of past decisions that haunt them or the people with whom they never had closure. A Jewish survivor of Hitler’s invasion, the title character here has many lingering phantoms in this moving tale of love, loss, and buried secrets. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

WALKIN’ IN A WINTER ONE-HIT-WONDERLAND at the Falcon Theatre

Bob Verini – ArtsInLA

The 10th-annual holiday show from Troubadour Theater Company, Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland, proves to be the occasion for walkin’ down Memory Lane with the previous nine. There’s plenty of reminiscing; video footage of past productions; and in-jokey references to company members and past characters that invest the tight (an intermissionless 90 minutes) event with a real inside-baseball, for-the-cognoscenti feel.
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Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass surely never imagined that the Winter Warlock from their 1970 TV Christmas special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” would go into improv. The Troubadour Theater Company (“the Troubies”) first cast the Warlock in “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Motown” at the Falcon Theatre in 2004. The breakout star, known fondly as Winter, has become a staple of their annual holiday mash-ups.
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Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

The unique group known as the Troubadour Theatre Company, founded in 1995, largely focuses on wacky spoofs that combine commedia del arte, musical theater and sketch comedy. The company offers fast-paced parodies of classic works (often Shakespeare) and bizarre mashups of popular entertainment (as in 2011’s divine A Christmas Westside Story, which simultaneously skewered Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway classic and the vintage film A Christmas Story).
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Now running through January 19.

WRAP YOUR HEART AROUND IT at the Falcon Theatre

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

In “Wrap Your Heart Around It,” Nashville singer-songwriter and accordionist LynnMarie Rink lays out her life lessons with abundant humor and heroic honesty. Before this stunning solo confessional has ended, we’re not only at one with Rink, we’re ready to take up the accordion ourselves.   Read more…

Now running through August 11.

Billy & Ray, Falcon Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.

 

Billy & Ray by Mike Bencivenga.

 

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Boasting a superb clowny performance by Kevin Blake as Hollywood filmmaker Billy Wilder, Billy & Ray 
is a light comedy about the making of the groundbreaking motion picture Double Indemnity. Mike Bencivenga’s enjoyable new play is currently running at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake. A producer at Paramount Studios, Joseph Sistrom (Anthony Starke), has just purchased to rights to James M. Cain’s sordid novella Double Indemnity, based on a sensational real-life murder case from 1927. He’s desperate to oversee the making of a hit movie, or risk losing his job. But the studio needs to pass the stringent codes imposed by the Hays Office censors… No sex, no depiction or murder or violence and no dead bodies. A pretty tall order for a slice of crime ‘fiction…’ With its chiaroscuro lighting and tough dialogue, Double Indemnity went on to become the benchmark against which all subsequent film noir movies were compared.   Read more…

 

 

The Grönholm Method, Baby Tiger Productions at the Falcon Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.

 

The Gronholm Method by Jordi Galcerán Ferrer. Translation by Anne Garcia-Romero and Mark St. Germain.

 

Sharon Perlmutter - TalkinBroadway.com

I was surprised to learn that The Grönholm Method was originally written in 2003; I would have guessed it came out of the “Greed is Good” late 1980s. Indeed, whenever this tale of a job interview from hell mentions Occupy Wall Street or any other recent event, the reference jumps out as awkward and out of place. The program tells us the action takes place in “the present,” but I just can’t believe that any corporation, in the context of a global recession, would put in the time and effort necessary to conduct the complex investigation into its job candidates’ personal and professional histories necessary to pull off this type of psychoanalytical pressure cooker of an interview.  Read more…

 

Bob Verini - Variety

Theaters hoping for another God of Carnage – another smart European four-hander Americanized for maximum comic impact – will find their grail in Jordi Galceran Ferrer’s The Grönholm Method, an absolutely smashing satire of corporate gamesmanship which (especially these days) hits audiences right where they live: in their livelihood. Although this riveting piece is going to have a long, long life, local auds might as well get in on the ground floor with BT McNicholl’s beautifully staged U.S. premiere at Burbank’s Falcon.  Read more…

 

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

I’ve been struggling to find a tasteful way to describe Jordi Galcerán Ferrer’s fine play that is currently running at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake, but I can’t seem to come up with a better term than ‘mind-fuck.’  Read more…