Layout Image

Archive for LA Weekly – Page 2

THE LAST VIG at the Zephyr Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

The Last Vig is billed as a show starring Burt Young, the Academy Award-nominated actor who played Paulie in the Rocky series. Unfortunately, Young’s performance is one of many big problems in the show, which plays through February 19 at the Zephyr Theatre. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Mobsters, especially Italian ones, are as much a part of American folklore as cowboys. Writer/director David Varriale capitalizes on our fascination with them in this character-driven dramedy:    Read more…

Now running through February 19

THE KING AND I at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Matthhew Murphy

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Erin Conley – On Stage and Screen

The production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King & I that won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival, in 2015 has made its way to Los Angeles just in time for the holidays.    Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The King and I was the fifth collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, following their classics Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific and their flop Allegro.   Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

The national tour of director Bartlett Sher’s revival of The King and I, now making a stop at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, is scrumptiously produced, a visual feast worthy of the exotic musical. Read more…

F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

Twentieth-century French literary maven François Mauriac once observed, “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.” Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Anna and the King of Siam first emerged in popular culture in 1944 as a novel by Margaret Langdon, which she based on the memoirs (now considered suspect) of Anna Harriette Leonowens, a British widow who taught English in the court of the King of Siam between 1862 and 1867. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

In mid-Victorian days, a Siamese king and an English activist-educator came together in a clash of cultures. That pairing inspired memoirs, then a novel, then films and stage musicals. Read more…

Now running through January 21

THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Loft Ensemble Theatre

IMG_0343

Photo by Shane Tometich

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Writers and directors are famously at odds, and there is perhaps no more celebrated example than the clash between Anton Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavski over The Cherry Orchard…… Read more…

Now running through January 15

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NOVEMBER ON THE BANKS OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT LAKES at Theatre of NOTE

Photo by Troy Blendell

Photo by Troy Blendell

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Kate Benson’s A Beautiful Day in November On the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes takes place on Thanksgiving and revolves around a family’s collective preparation of the traditional holiday meal.  Read more…

Now running through December 11

ICEBERGS at the Geffen Playhouse

Jeff Lorch Photography

Jeff Lorch Photography

Margaret Gray – LA Times

During Alena Smith’s play “Icebergs,” in its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, thirtysomething screenwriter Calder (Nate Corddry) sets up an air mattress in his Silver Lake living room for a visiting friend.     Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Isolation and tribalism, art and commerce, privacy and over-sharing, global warming and geological cycles, commitment and divorce, parental frustration and parental adoration, instability and inevitability. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

A screenwriter must choose between preserving the integrity of his story or changing it to please a box-office star. A career-minded actress must decide between having the baby she and her husband presumably long for or pursuing her profession. Read more…

Now running through December 18

URINETOWN at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center

Photo by Nardeep Khurmi

Photo by Nardeep Khurmi

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

It is a terrible thing for a theater critic to admit, but I’d never seen this scabrously funny Tony Award-winning musical, about the price put on the most fundamental of bodily functions, before attending the Coeurage Theatre Company’s fresh and sprightly production.    Read more…

Now running through February 25

THE MODEL APARTMENT at the Geffen Playhouse

Model Apt

(Photo by Jeff Lorch Photography)

Terry Morgan – Stage Raw

The Geffen Playhouse has had a fruitful relationship with playwright Donald Margulies, resulting in memorable productions such as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. It’s only natural the theatre would want to continue this successful streak, which leads to the current revival of Margulies’ earlier work, The Model Apartment. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The story of an elderly couple and their efforts to elude the past, The Model Apartment — now running at the Geffen Playhouse — unfolds with subtlety and surprise. It’s one of those poignant dramas about “little” people that lingers after the final curtain. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania

Anchored by actress Marilyn Fox’s exquisite portrayal of a retiree trying to keep her family together, The Model Apartment is a stirring evening. The talented four-person ensemble draws the audience into this tragic and relatable drama at Geffen Playhouse. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

It’s impossible to share impressions about “The Model Apartment” without revealing its plot points. But the mood it creates and the feelings it stirs up can’t be spoiled by spoilers. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

In one of his early plays, Donald Margulies examines how one couple’s best laid plans for their twilight years become dismantled when they fail to reconcile properly with the past. Read more…

Now running through November 20

UNDERNEATH at the Odyssey Theatre

Photo by Patrick Redmond

Photo by Patrick Redmond

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Irish playwright-performer Pat Kinevane returns to the Odyssey Theater with a new piece that explores “life lived on the fringes of society.” Kinevane’s previous works, Forgotten and Silent, were performed at the Odyssey in 2011 and 2012, and with Underneath, the third piece in the trilogy, he brings us a very unconventional ghost story, cleverly directed by Jim Culleton, just in time for Halloween. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Underneath, a one-person show by Irish playwright/performer Pat Kinevane, should be seen for the poetry and poignancy of its story and the brilliant stagecraft that enhances it. Read more…

Now running through October 30

THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: REVISITED at the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Photo by Ken Sawyer

Photo by Ken Sawyer

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

It’s been a familiar gambit for some time for actors to take a famous play and turn it into a one-person show ‑ essaying all the roles to display his or her virtuosity — but I’d never heard of the reverse being done until now. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Gently but pointedly reminding all of us that we are strikingly alike in so many ways are the Los Angeles LGBT Center and its production of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Revisited.” Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Much but not all of Jane Wagner’s astute and witty take on modern American life circa the 1980s is preserved in this engaging multi-performer adaptation directed by Ken Sawyer at the L.A. LGBT Center. Read more…

Now running through December 11

 

SIAMESE SEX SHOW at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Siamese Sex Show is one of those offbeat musicals where it doesn’t seem to matter that one or two plot threads are a little hard to follow. The choreography by April Thomas is so exuberant, the costumes by Michael Mullen are so fanciful, and the story and spectacle so deliciously weird that a bit of confusion about the narrative can readily be dismissed as not all that significant. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Donald Trump has repeatedly been accused of vulgarizing our public discourse with his abusive attacks on women, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, the disabled, and anybody else who doesn’t share his high opinion of himself. And the charges are most certainly borne out by the facts. But there’s one thing Trump has remarked on which is all too true: he hasn’t said anything that hasn’t already been said by rappers and hip-hop artists. Read more…

Now running through November 13

CHARM at Celebration Theatre at The Lex

Photo by Matthew Brian Denman

Photo by Matthew Brian Denman

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Anyone who’s been a teacher or who’s been otherwise charged with supervising troubled adolescents will understand straight off the problems facing Mama Darlin (Lana Houston), the beguiling nub of Philip Dawkins’ compelling Charm. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

A charm school for transvestites? It sounds like an odd premise for a serious piece of theatre, conjuring up images of endless camp and in-jokes. But Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins is angling for bigger fish, and his efforts pay off in this provocative piece, based on real events that happened in the Windy City. Read more…

Now running through October 23

PLEASE DON’T ASK ABOUT BECKET at Sacred Fools Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

What is to be done with the prodigals and the fuckups, those we love in spite of logic, those who will likely never change but instead haunt us for the rest of our lives? Everybody knows someone like this, and it’s heartbreaking not knowing what to do. Wendy Graf’s Please Don’t Ask About Becket movingly depicts how a family deals with this situation over decades, showing how some tragedies never really end. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The prodigal child is a staple of family drama, in theater as in life. It’s a conflict that affects families at all income levels, although we probably hear more stories from the middle and upper classes (perhaps because they’re more ready or able to articulate their pain). Read more…

Now running through September 18