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KATRINA at Loft Ensemble

John Goodwin and Jessica Perkins. Photo by Paul Davis and Victoria Greenwood.

John Goodwin and Jessica Perkins. Photo by Paul Davis and Victoria Greenwood.

Socks Whitmore – Stage Raw

…KATRINA is a highly sensory play; from an excellently crafted hurricane soundscape to a backdrop cleverly painted to meld with the projections of a churning sea, the audience is encouraged to feel immersed in the storm. The recounting of Hurricane Katrina is communicated by footage, voice over, and the acted-out broadcasts of two newscasters. (A note for theatregoers: the seating arrangement will give those seated by the entrance a close-up view of these actors from behind.) The weatherperson and reporter step in and out of the fourth wall throughout the show, sometimes reporting live on the 2005 tragedy, and sometimes speaking directly to the audience about what it was like. All four talented Black actors that make up the cast are at their most powerful in their characters’ moments of greatest distress, but a favorite moment was the temporary levity during Nyla’s a capella solo “Give Me Some Blues” as she sang and danced with Dante. Read more…

MRS. DILBER’S FABULOUS BEDCURTAINS at Loft Ensemble

Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains, Loft Ensemble

Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move

Outrage sets the stage for a righteous reset according to Dilber in Arthur Jolly’s reimagined Christmas Carol classic MRS. DILBER’S FABULOUS BEDCURTAINS at Loft Ensemble. More…

Through December 16

TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT, ALICE CHILDRESS at LOFT Ensemble

Try Not to Think About It, Loft Ensemble

Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move

There is plenty of onstage masturbating, politics, ranting, screaming, dissing, spousal browbeating, murder, misogyny, borderline sexual violence, scumbag behavior, and all-around mayhem – not counting the weather. Apparently, Los Angeles is so flooded that half of the Hollywood sign is underwater. (Well, that’s neat…). Oh, and let’s not forget, children’s poetry – about Hitler. Read more…

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OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET at the Loft Ensemble

Emma Latimer

Emma Latimer

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Stephen Adly Guirgis has a knack for scripting characters that “stick” with you, and a keen ear for dialogue that is, by turns, wrenching and humorous. In this dramedy, Guigis creates a gallery of raucous misfits who are brought together by the death of a beloved (and feared) mentor, teacher and friend.
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Now running through September 15

WAIT UNTIL DARK at the Loft Ensemble

Victoria Anne Greenwood

Victoria Anne Greenwood

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Frederick Knott’s edgy thriller was first performed on Broadway back in 1966 and ran for 373 performances. It’s had many stage revivals, not to mention the well-touted film version that starred the talented Audrey Hepburn, along with Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna. In short, this “slow-burn” thriller has been around the block a few times — but it can still translate to gripping entertainment. This production, however, which is the Loft Ensemble’s first in their new space, isn’t quite there yet.
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Now running through July 28

 

THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION at the Loft Ensemble

Victoria Anne Greenwood

Victoria Anne Greenwood

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

An old saw states that comedy is hard; a qualifying truth might well be that farce is the hardest. It requires wit, energy, sometimes broad slapstick and, above all, exquisite timing. When everything clicks, you get a masterpiece such as Noises Off. When it doesn’t, the results can be frustrating.
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Now running through September 23

 

THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Loft Ensemble Theatre

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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

KING LEAR at the Loft Ensemble

Photo by Shelby Barr

Photo by Shelby Barr

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Lear is one of those roles used to chart an actor’s path in life: the young actor is Romeo, a bit later is Hamlet, and the older actor essays Prospero and Lear. Read more…

Now running through August 14

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS at the Loft Ensemble

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Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Each of two average, kitchen-sink tragedies, with some levity throughout, take as their focus the troubled relationship between adult daughters and their wayward, alcoholic parents. In You’ll Just Love My Dad, written by Stephanie Jones and Peter Schuyler, an old homeless guy breaks into a home and starts snooping around before running himself a bath.
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Now running through September 15.