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GET. THAT. SNITCH. at Atwater Village Theatre

Pphoto: Courtesy Great Minds Creative Productions

Photo: Courtesy Great Minds Creative Productions

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

Like most of the gangsters it features in its slick, style-obsessed production at the Atwater Village Theatre, Get. That. Snitch., the debut effort of Great Minds Creative Productions, talks a big game. But like the “very bad men” who one by one fall to their knees in a pool of their own gore, eliciting little more than a shrug from their colleagues, it proves surprisingly slight

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Now running through November 1.

DRUNK GIRL at Casa 0101

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

Though sexual assault is never not timely, it’s been getting an extra-special dose of attention due to Bill Cosby and his 50-and-counting accusers, as well as the scrutiny directed at colleges before and after the discredited Rolling Stone account of campus assault and news generated by a White House rape-prevention initiative.  Read more…

Now running through October 18.

ALL AMERICAN GIRL – InterACT Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre

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Photo by Rick Friesen

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

In All American Girl, a world premiere from InterACT Theatre Company, radical Islam doesn’t take hold of its main character’s life all at once. For Katie, or Karima, as she comes to be known, Islam follows a conservative Christian upbringing, volunteer work in Boston’s slum-poor Dorchester neighborhood, and a stint at Fordham University. When she meets Igbal, a brooding Indian immigrant and wrestling champion, he educates her on the ways Muslims are brutalized by Hindus in his home country. Read more…

Now running through August 30.

BENT at the Mark Taper Forum

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Bent, playwright Martin Sherman’s revelatory 1979 play about the gay experience in Nazi concentration camps, receives an arresting production at the Mark Taper Forum. Moisés Kaufman’s direction and his stellar cast will leave audiences breathless. Read more…

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

It’s difficult and rare to come across stories that can illuminate the Holocaust in unfamiliar ways. Bentis such a play, and at the Mark Taper Forum it’s getting its first major revival since its 1979 Broadway debut. Read more…

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Martin Sherman’s Bent is one of those plays whose revival isn’t just welcome but necessary. As much as popular culture, literature and scholarship keep revisiting the causes, crimes and legacy of the Nazi era, somehow or other it seems as if interest keeps drying up in the dismal story of Germany’s appalling treatment of homosexuals. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

In this electrifying revival, Martin Sherman‘s brilliant, Tony-nominated 1979 drama, which originally starred Richard Gere, has lost none of its pertinence.

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Now running through August 23.

PICNIC at Antaeus Theatre Company

Photo by Karianne Flaathen

Photo by Karianne Flaathen

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

In its shimmering revival of William Inge’s steamy 1953 classic, “Picnic,” the classics-focused Antaeus Theatre Company serves up a theatrical feast. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The intimacy of small-town life and its stifling limitations permeate “Picnic,” which the thoughtfully representative staging at Antaeus Theater Company underscores without telegraphing. Read more…

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

About 15 minutes into Picnic, William Inge’s 1953 play about desire and repression in a small Kansas town, Hal (Jason Dechert), a free-spirited drifter wearing no shirt and glistening with sweat, struts over to a disapproving neighbor and her two virginal daughters, and asks, “Is it all right if I light a fire?” em>Read more…

Now running through August 16.

SMUDGE at the Hudson Theatres

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 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…

BAD JEWS at the Geffen Playhouse

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Photo by Michael Lamont

 Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

Among the many contentious ideas explored during Bad Jews, Joshua Harmon’s delicious pressure cooker of a show now playing at the Geffen, is how a religious or cultural identity can become the sole bedrock upon which some people base their identity. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

I can remember the disapproving dismay clucking through suburban Newark, New Jersey, aroused by the satiric observations of the early Philip Roth, and could never have imagined myself partaking of the same chagrin as my parents felt in reaction to the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man, which I thought was pretty dead-on from my own experience of that period. em>Read more…

Now running through July 19.

OEDIPUS MACHINA at the Odyssey Theatre

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Photo by Enci Box

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

Oedipus Rex may be one of the best known plays of the western canon, but it gets an alien staging, quite literally, in Ron Sossi’s inventive though uneven production at the Odyssey Theatre. Based on Ellen McLaughlin’s modernist, poetic adaptation of the text, Oedipus Machina transports the action to a vaguely eastern, otherworldly locale. em>Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Among the reasons to appreciate Ron Sossi’s staging of playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s Oedipus – re-titled Oedipus Machina for the strange extraterrestrial-like edifice that dominates the set – is Joshua Wolfe Coleman’s portrayal of the well-meaning but clueless king. Read more…

Now running through July 26.

A SMALL FIRE at Atwater Village Theatre

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Photo by Darrett Sanders

 Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

“This is a horror story,” murmurs a voice from the darkness in A Small Fire, directed by Alana Dietze — the latest outing from the Echo Theater Company. The voice belongs to Emily (Lily Knight), a middle-aged woman who succumbs to an undefined medical condition that gradually chips away at her senses, upending her construction business, marriage, and personal agency. em>Read more…

Now running through May 30.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

 

Photo by Michael Lamont
Photo by Michael Lamont

Melinda Schupmann – Showmag.com

Garnering numerous awards at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011, it has been re-worked as a full-scale production and is McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s first world-premiere musical. Fresh and imaginative, it takes the finest features of Jane Austen’s classic novel and musically highlights the love stories of its principal characters. Read more…

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a story in possession of a built-in fanbase must be in want of a musical adaptation. But even to Jane Austen fans, the notion of reworking Pride and Prejudice with a score may seem ill-advised, if inevitable. After definitive film renderings, modernist updates, and Austen-flavored concoctions, must we suffer the indignity of Darcy, master of Pemberley, singing and capering about? Read more…

Now running through May 10.

PYGMALION at the Pasadena Playhouse

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Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

The basis for the much beloved, happily-ever-after musical My Fair Lady, George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion takes a much firmer tack on questions of class distinctions and female independence. Those themes, so dear to Shaw’s progressive heart, end up rather charmingly watered down in the 1964 Audrey Hepburn film version. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Shaw’s seminal text that this show seems listless. In the right hands, the century-old play can still be engrossing. But here it lacks bite, even with a pitch-perfect performance by Paige Lindsey White as Eliza Doolittle. Read more…

Now playing through April 12.

 

 

THE GAME AGAINST BOBBY FISCHER at the Secret Rose Theatre

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 Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

The Game Against Bobby Fischer, a new play written by Dennis Richard and directed by Gregory Fuller at the Secret Rose Theatre, purports to enter the troubled mind of renowned American World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer (Robert Weiner) as he approaches his final days in his adopted home of Reykjavik, Iceland. Read more…

Now running through March 29.