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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


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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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.




Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Directed by Daniel Jáquez, Mariana Carreño King’s uneven one-act tells of a young woman who marries for love, only to grapple with loneliness and disappointment a few years later when her husband turns cold and withdrawn. It’s a common experience, surely as old as marriage itself, but it’s depicted with enough brio and insight to maintain our interest. Read more…

Now running through November 8.


AGUA A CUCHARADAS (WATER BY THE SPOONFUL) at the Los Angeles Theatre Center


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Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

A spoiler and an alert: I’m going to gush, and you should rush, as only two performances remain of one of the year’s most remarkable and exciting productions, Agua a Cucharadas, a Spanish translation of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, making its Los Angeles debut after a previous production this past spring at San Diego‘s Old Globe. Hudes won a Tony for the book of the musical In the Heights, but the depth and mastery of her vision in this play represents a far more substantial achievement. Read more…

Now running through November 8.

ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY at the Los Angeles Theatre Center


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Margaret Gray – LA Times

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is buzzing with “Encuentro 2014,” a month-long national theater festival organized by the Latino Theater Company, with a repertory of more than 15 productions from across the country.

Among them is “Enrique’s Journey,” based on Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series, published in the Los Angeles Times in 2002 and later expanded into a book, about a Honduran boy’s long struggle to join his mother in North Carolina. Read more…


Now running through November  7.