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YERMA IN THE DESERT at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Luis Kelly-Duarte

Photo by Luis Kelly-Duarte

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

In Yerma in the Desert, the desert is less an external place than the state of mind of the title character. Written by Oliver Mayer, the play is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 classic Yerma, whose central character, the wife of a shepherd, is childless and unhappy.
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Now running through December 16

EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHÂTELET DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by John Klopping

Photo by John Klopping

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

One of the positive uses of art is to shine a light on historical figures that might otherwise  have remained obscure — to give someone the credit he or she deserved but didn’t receive in life. A film such as Hidden Figures, which detailed the important contributions African-American women made to the space program, is a good example.Read more…

Now running through September 17

NICKY – Coeurage Theatre Company at Greenway Court Theatre

(Photo by John Klepping)

(Photo by John Klepping)

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright Boni B. Alvarez cunningly adapts Anton Chekhov’s 19th century drama “Ivanov,” shifting the setting from the Russian provinces to California’s own land of internal exile  (that is, if you’re a gay man of a certain age), Palm Springs.   Read more…

Now running through July 1

AJAX IN IRAQ at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Sean Deckert

Photo by Sean Deckert

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq is a bruising play, an often painful-to-watch drama that serves as a reminder of the toll war takes on body, mind and spirit. Read more…

Now running through August 14

FORECLOSURE OR YELLING AT WOMEN WALKING THEIR DOGS at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

What happens to a working-class alpha male when he loses his work? The consequences of such are on brilliant display in playwright/performer Raymond J. Barry’s Foreclosure or Yelling at Women Walking Their Dogs, a taut penetrating one-act that rivets around a fractured American family and the never-ending battle between philistinism and art. Read more…

Now running through May 28

SWARM CELL at the Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Marjorie DeWit

Photo by Marjorie DeWit

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright Gabriel Rivas Gomez’s eccentric, uneven drama is loosely based on themes from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Filtered through a prism of modern corporate capitalism, it’s a tale of American kindness — or more accurately, about the lack of it as far as poor immigrants and our underclass are concerned. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Although “The Grapes of Wrath” has seen many adaptations, few have received a treatment quite like “Swarm Cell” at Greenway Court Theatre.

This sincerely intended, valiantly performed, still-gelling deconstruction applies a decidedly postmodern, proto-feminist spin to John Steinbeck’s classic Dust Bowl saga.    Read more…

Now running through February 28

FRONT DOOR OPEN at Greenway Court Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Eleanor (Joanna Miles) the agoraphobic senior citizen in Tom Baum’s family drama, is a paranoid lady. Not only is she afraid to leave her house: she’s also terrified that home invaders might come to do her ill. Read more…

Now running through December 13.

CINNAMON GIRL at Greenway Court Theatre

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Photo by Blake Boyd

Deborah KlugmanStage Raw

Salani (Jennifer Hubilla), the central character in Velina Hasu Houston’s charmless chick lit musical, is a lovely orphaned teen, an upright individual who must contend with poverty, hard labor, and  arrogant or lustful employers before triumphantly attaining freedom and self-realization. The story is set in British Ceylon circa 1939; Read more…

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

The heroine of this world premiere musical, with book and lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston and music by Nathan Wang, is the beautiful adolescent Salani (Jennifer Hubilla), who was born and raised on a cinnamon plantation in Ceylon. Her life becomes unmoored and she is set adrift when her mother is killed in a mysterious fire. Salani seems to be unaware that her mother was the mistress of the master of the plantation, Ranil (Dom Magwilli), but Salani suspects that he is responsible for her mother’s death. Read more…

Now running through April 6.

THE DEAD at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Eric Neil Guttierez

Photo by Eric Neil Guttierez

Bob Verini -   ArtsInLA

For this chamber musical, Shaun Davey and Richard Nelson have crafted Irish faux folk tunes that rely more on vocal brio than beauty. And let’s face it, the characters’ increasing insobriety lowers the bar on singing quality as the play’s Christmastime celebration progresses. But the adaptation of James Joyce’s brilliant, deep novella—possibly the best of its kind in the English language—is a bitch to stage, with its tonal shifts, huge cast, multiple settings, and thematic ambiguities.    Read more…

Now running through February 22.

 

 

THE BELLS OF WEST 87TH at Greenway Court Theatre

Photo by Maria Halac

Photo by Maria Halac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

Elin Hampton’s play derives its comedy from the antics of an eccentric family. At 39, Molly (Cameron Meyer) has never escaped from the tyranny of her critical, exploitative parents, who have decided she’s a lesbian because she won’t wear makeup, and taunt her about her lack of a social life.
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Now running through October 13.