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Pauline Adamek  – LA Weekly

An all-female production of Hamlet — why?! The gender-bending (and multicultural) casting permits this motley cast of women to tackle the tragedy’s meaty classic roles but adds nothing to the production. Rather, it distracts and detracts. Lisa Wolpe and Natsuko Ohama co-direct and star (as Hamlet and Polonius, respectively) in a lively rendition that gallops toward its (implied) bloody finale. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter – Talkin’ Broadway

I sometimes judge High School Shakespeare festivals. My biggest complaint about the performances is often what I’ve come to call “chair-throwing”: when young actors express high emotions by screaming and throwing the props around without any apparent justification. There’s nothing in their performances that leads you to believe these characters are so angry, and feel so trapped and powerless by their anger, that they’re going to take it out on inanimate objects. And to all of those chair-throwing kids I say, “Go see Lisa Wolpe playing Hamlet.”
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Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Here’s an aphorism that could have been included with Polonius’s fatherly advice to his children: Turnabout is fair play. Today we find it incomprehensible that women were not allowed to appear onstage when this play premiered. In this production, the cast is entirely female. And at many times throughout, you could prove it only by the program.  Read more…

Now running thru October 27.

Nice turnout for Nominees Reception, March 4th, 2013

Jitney director Ron OJ Parson and members of his cast: Charlie Robinson, Larry Bates, and James Watson. Photo by Dany Margolies.

It was a convivial group of actors, directors and theater artists of all kinds who mingled with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) members last night at the lovely theater space of Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in Downtown LA.  Gathering were the nominees for this year’s LADCC awards ceremony.

The LATC is generously providing their venue for the awards night, to be held in two week’s time, on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Awards show host, French Stewart, was on hand, regaling party-goers with jokes and witty conversation.

A delectable buffet was supplied by Gwen Kenneally and her partner Rafet, from “Back to the Kitchen” Catering company,  that was 50% vegan fare and 100% delicious!

Enjoy the following photo essay of select attendees.

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Photos by LADCC member and critic, Dany Margolies.

 

Rafael Goldstein, nominated for his lead performance in ‘Hamlet’ at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, and costume designer Angela Balogh Calin, costumer of ‘Cymbeline.’ Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Actor Casey Kramer and set designers David Mauer and Hazel Kuang of Rogue Machine Theater Co. Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Michael Arabian, director of ‘Waiting for Godot’; Lisa Pelikan, nominee in the ensemble category for ‘The New Electric Ballroom’; and Alan Mandell, ‘Waiting for Godot’ lead actor. Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LADCC & LA Weekly Critics Pauline Adamek and Mayank Keshaviah. Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Actor Melora Marshall and director Ellen Geer, siblings and representatives of the revival nominee play ‘Heartbreak House.’ Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Publicist ‘extraordinaire’ Lynn Tejada and playwright Daniel Talbott, of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Photo by Dany Margolies.