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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.

 

PATIENCE, FORTITUDE AND OTHER ANTI-DEPRESSANTS at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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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marries for love, only to grapple with loneliness and disappointment a few years later when her husband turns cold and withdrawn.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.

 

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA VOX LUMIERE at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Johanna Siegmann

Photo by Johanna Siegmann

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Kevin Saunders Hayes’s ambitious multimedia experimentations with silent films returns to Los Angeles with a funhouse version of the Lon Chaney classic Phantom of the Opera. Projecting the film on the big screen, the production comments on the movie by intensify the experience with original songs, dance, and wild costumes. Though the quality of the songs is uneven, the intriguing premise and Natalie Willes’s scandalous choreography make for an amusing evening. Read more…

BRIGHT LIGHT CITY at L.A.T.C.

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Nate Rufus Edelman’s slick and funny comedy has an unexpected sting in its tail.

Larry (Leon Russom) and Wally (Garrett Michael Langston) are a pair of hit-men who’ve been sent to Las Vegas to commit a murder. Larry is earnest, disciplined, professional, and resolutely impersonal. But there must be a soft-spot in him somewhere, as he has recruited Wally, an all-around fuck-up to be his partner, and his replacement when he retires after the current job.

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Now running through June 22.

HIT at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Whenever I read about the artistic scandals of the past — the near-riot provoked by Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” for example — I glumly conclude that we have grown so jaded that art has lost its power to appall. Read more…

Steven Leigh Morris – Stage Raw

Playwright Alice Tuan’s description of her own play’s title, Hit, as explained in her program note, suggests a work so fragmented that one scene has little to do with the next: “I started by writing five scenes where each scene had some sort of hit in it; hit by a car, hit on by an older woman, hit of a joint, a hit in the eye. . . ” Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

The new play Hit by Alice Tuan, currently playing Los Angeles Theatre Center, unevenly shifts from hard-hitting drama to black comedy to avant-garde theater yet never makes clear its intentions. And though the actors are skilled professionals, they are not able to make the script’s unlikable characters relateable.  Read more…

 
Now running through June 8.

SER! at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

David C. Nichols – LA Times

A noteworthy degree of high-performance gusto attends “¡Ser!” at Los Angeles Theatre Center. This deeply personal coming-of-age account from writer-performer Karen Anzoategui reveals a ripely burgeoning talent. Read more…

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Latino Theater Company pulls out the stops for Karen Anzoategui’s solo performance ¡Ser!, about a queer Latina who flees Huntington Park with her mom and brothers for a new life in Buenos Aires, only to return to California — Moreno Valley — then back to Argentina, until resettling, with some bittersweetness, in California, this time L.A.’s Boyle Heights. Read more…

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Now running through December 8.

the road weeps, the well runs dry at L.A.T.C.

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

There are glints of the Oresteia in Marcus Gardley’s poetic, sweeping drama, the road weeps, the well runs dry, which takes place in a 19th-century Oklahoma town settled by fleeing African-American freedmen and their Native American cohabitants. The story’s tragic chain of events erupts around the searing rivalry between the community’s swaggering Native American sheriff, Trowbridge (Darrell Dennis), and his implacable enemy, Number Two (Demetrius Grosse), a dark and violent man.
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Photo by Ed Krieger

 

Now running through November 17.

BRONZEVILLE at the LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER

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Intolerance comes in many colors. In Tim Toyama & Aaron Woolfolk’s somewhat contrived period melodrama, an African-American family moves into a home presumably left vacant when its Japanese owners are interned during World War II. But Henry (Jeff Manabat), a young Japanese man who’s rebelled against internment, is hiding out there.
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Now running through July 21.