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THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST at LATC

Gil Solis

Gil Solis

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

The Happiest Song Plays Last is, as the title implies, the last play in the Elliot trilogy, three works by Quiara Alegría Hudes playing concurrently in Los Angeles.

The first two plays, Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue and Review: Water by the Spoonful, stand more or less independent of each other, especially since Elliot is more of a supporting character in the latter. By contrast, The Happiest Song Plays Last requires you to be familiar with Water by the Spoonful. Nearly everything that happens to Elliot here is set up in the previous play.
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Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, which begins in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and the Pulitzer Prize-winner Water by the Spoonful, concludes in The Happiest Song Plays Last, which made its California premiere this weekend at the Latino Theater Company.

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

The Happiest Song Plays Last ends happily for its pivotal characters —and also, perhaps, for discerning theatergoers, who can’t wait to flee this lemon of a production.

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Now running through March 19

LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at L.A.T.C.

(Photo by Xavi Moreno)

(Photo by Xavi Moreno)

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

First performed in 2013, the Latino Theater Company’s Latina Christmas Special reunites three comedians — Diana Yanez, Sandra Valls and Maria Russell — who recount their personal tales of Navidades past.
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Now running through January 7

 

TIME ALONE at L.A.T.C.

 (Photo by David Morrison)

(Photo by David Morrison)

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

This powerful drama by Alessandro Camon delves into the minds of two extraordinarily isolated people: a convict serving a life sentence for a murder he committed as a juvenile, and the mother of a police officer whose only son was shot and killed in the line of duty.
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Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Playwright Alessandro Camon, an Oscar nominee for his screenplay for The Messenger, is deeply interested in the soul-destroying practice of solitary confinement, and in the experiences of crime survivors — people who lost loved ones to murder. He deals powerfully with both issues in this two-person play.
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Now running through October 22

THE DIG at L.A.T.C.

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Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

In her intriguing solo-drama, writer-performer Stacie Chaiken plays archeologist Sally Jenkins, who specializes in the study of ancient DNA. As she says, “It’s easy to extract the whole gene from soft tissue, but there is never soft tissue in ancient burials. I’ve managed to replicate the material I need from infinitesimal bits of really old bone.”Read more…

Now running through May 1

LA OLLA at Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Grettel Cortes

Photo by Grettel Cortes

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This play with music by Evelina Fernández is a modern-day adaptation of The Pot of Gold by the ancient Roman playwright, Plautus. Read more…

Now running through April 24

’57 CHEVY at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Stephen Mihalek

Photo by Stephen Mihalek

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

Though the Latino Theater Company’s newest production never delves into contemporary politics, it’s hard to imagine a more direct or effective counter-narrative to the kind of xenophobic propaganda that so often dominates immigration debates. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Writer Cris Franco was a year old when his Mexican-born father brought his family from a small town in Mexico to South Central Los Angeles.  As a young boy Cris thrived there until the age of 10. Then his Dad, a skilled mechanic with a booming business, grew tired of commuting to and from the San Fernando Valley and relocated his wife and kids to the White cultural wasteland we know as Granada Hills.  Read more…

Now running through December 6.

DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Trinocerous

Photo by Trinocerous

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Talk about site specific theater:  Here’s a production of playwright John Patrick Shanley’s romantic standard that is immersive — literally.   Read more…

Now running through August 1.

 

THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Stephen Mihalek

Photo by Stephen Miihalek

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

At 60 years old, the spry, lean, silver-haired Sal Lopez could well be Puck’s dad. And it could be argued that Lopez’s picaresque autobiographical one-man show, This Is a Man’s World at Los Angeles Theatre Center, is a memory play. That’s because it opens with Lopez screaming on a hospital bed wondering what he’s doing there. Read more…

Bob Verini –  Stage Raw

This Is a Man’s World, at the L.A. Theatre Center, begins with actor/writer Sal Lopez rearing up on a hospital bed to cry out in confused panic, “How did I get here? How did I get here?” Which, when you come to think of it, can hardly be bettered as a line kicking off an evening of personal reminiscence. Read more…

Now running through June 21.

 

ANDRE AND DORINE at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

It’s hard to imagine a more tender, more lyrical or more captivating work than this three-person piece from Kulunka Teatro, a company originating from Spain’s Basque Country. Read more…

Now running through June 7.

GENERATION SEX at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Photo by Joy Sequina

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Let’s start by mentioning the praiseworthy elements in this problematic piece, presented by Teatro Luna, an all-Latina company out of Chicago. Read more…

Now running through May 17.

THE MAGNIFICENT DUNBAR HOTEL at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Tomoko Matsushita

Photo by Tomoko Matsushita

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Levy Lee Simon’s play celebrates the life and times of The Dunbar Hotel, on Los Angeles’s Central Avenue. As a luxury hotel serving the African-American community at a time when poverty and discrimination made most black-oriented hotels shabby and lacking in even basic amenities, it soon became a revered institution hosting black celebrities, and offering a venue for black musicians, jazz-men and performers, including Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong — many of them appearing as characters in Simon’s play. Read more…

Now running through Dec. 21.

 

ZOETROPE PART 1 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Courtesy: Caborca Theatre

Courtesy: Caborca Theatre

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This play, written and directed by Javier Antonio Gonzalez, and presented as part of the Encuentro 2014 Festival, is set on a more or less bare stage, with two colorful grids painted on the floor. On the back wall and in the wings hang a multitude of costumes, and several table lamps are arranged on the floor around the periphery. At a table upstage, two actors sit, during most of the action. Read more…

Now running through November 8.