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SMUDGE at the Hudson Theatres

Smudge

 Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

If Smudge is a horror story, it’s more the sort that lurks in the recesses of future parents’ brains than a Rosemary’s Baby — although Colby (Whitney Wellner), mother of the titular offspring, probably could have used some coping strategies from Mia Farrow. Read more…

WHY I DIED, A COMEDY at the Hudson Theatres

Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Katie Rubin’s energetic solo piece presents a typical tale of the struggling actor who, yearning for success, ventures on a journey of spiritual discovery and then cobbles together a string of experiences and calls it a show. The result is a meandering yarn featuring miscellaneous miracles and offering little insight with no clear resolution.
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WhyIDied

Photo by Michael Lamont

 

Bob Verini – ArtsInLA

Why I Died, A Comedy! is an example of the vast and ever-growing subgenre of autobiographical monodrama that might be called Self-Help Theater, works evidently constructed either in lieu of therapy or in tandem with it. In any such entertainment—a word I hope isn’t too frivolous for the sensibilities of the artists involved—the performer details one or more pivotal life events, often though not always wrapped up in some sort of spiritual quest, and fills us in on how he or she has struggled and changed and come out on the other side.
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Now running through January.

NICKEL AND DIMED at the Hudson Theatres

 Nickel

Photo by Olivier Riquelme

 

 

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In her book Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich detailed her sojourn into the world of the working poor, illuminating (as no recounting of statistics ever could) the struggle, heartache and resilience of this often forgotten and/or disrespected class of Americans. Read more…

Melinda Schupman – ArtsInLA

Barbara Ehrenreich’s 2001 book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, prompted critics, pro and con, to examine the lives of the working poor through her eyes. Well-educated and a successful writer, Ehrenreich attempted to leave her comfortable life behind to try to live on a minimum wage. As she traversed the country taking jobs as a hospital aide, a WalMart worker, a cleaner, and a waitress, she told a compelling story of the inequities faced by millions in our society who struggle to survive.  Read more…

 

Now running through August 25.