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WHEN LIVES MATTER: THE PLAY at the Lounge Theatre

Photo: Courtesy of When Lives Matter: The Play)

Photo: Courtesy of When Lives Matter: The Play)

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

It may be one of the unintended consequences of the 2017 Presidential Ascension of the Infernal One that we have a chance to witness the blooming of art in protest and an attempt to confront and shake up the new status quo. If we are lucky, there will be many plays like playwright/director Monti Washington’s passionate and thought-provoking meditation on race in the U.S., including ruminations on the philosophy surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more…

Now running through January 22

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



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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Matt Morillo’s compelling comedy/drama All Aboard The Marriage Hearse depicts what happens when a longtime couple discovers they fundamentally disagree about the concept of matrimony. Read more…

Now running through June 19

WEAPONS at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

The shadow of Eugene O’Neill looms large over the plot and writing of playwright Chris Collins’ angry family drama. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, as Collins lays the sadness and rage on so thick that Long Day’s Journey almost seems like a situation comedy in comparison. Read more…

Now running through May 8

A GOOD FAMILY at the Lounge Theatre


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Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

“A Good Family,” playwright Marja-Lewis Ryan’s third new work to debut at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, following “Dysnomia” (2011) and “One in the Chamber” (2014), once again takes a look at an apparently idyllic American family rocked by sudden events that depict timely contemporary social issues. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

As with One in the Chamber, a drama which premiered to high praise in 2014, Marja-Lewis Ryan’s latest work revolves around a controversial social issue and its impact on a middle-class American family.   Read more…

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Marja-Lewis Ryan is taking a familiar approach with her storytelling in A Good Family. Once again, the playwright tackles a topical and emotionally charged subject and examines its affects on the family unit. Her previous play, One In the Chamber, focused on a family dealing with the aftermath of the accidental shooting of their 9-year-old son at the hands of his 10-year-old brother. This time the hot topic is campus rape.    Read more…

Now running through December 20.

ALL AMERICAN GIRL – InterACT Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Rick Friesen

Photo by Rick Friesen

Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

In All American Girl, a world premiere from InterACT Theatre Company, radical Islam doesn’t take hold of its main character’s life all at once. For Katie, or Karima, as she comes to be known, Islam follows a conservative Christian upbringing, volunteer work in Boston’s slum-poor Dorchester neighborhood, and a stint at Fordham University. When she meets Igbal, a brooding Indian immigrant and wrestling champion, he educates her on the ways Muslims are brutalized by Hindus in his home country. Read more…

Now running through August 30.

THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRL – InterACT Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Rick Friesen

Photo by Rick Friesen

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Why the devil do we do the things we do? And what kind of answers are genuinely responsive and illuminating to that question of “Why?”  Easier to examine the confounding deeds of other people and endeavor to find clues in the motivations we attribute to (or project upon) them for insights into our murkily intricate webs of rationalization and justification. Read more…

Now running through July 26.

SIGHT UNSEEN at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The most interesting scene in this production of Donald Margulies’s 1992 play involves an encounter between Jonathan (Jason Weiss), a successful Jewish-American painter having a much-touted exhibition in London, and Grete (Casey McKinnon), an art journalist of German extraction who is interviewing him. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

The career of accomplished playwright Donald Margulies (Dinner with Friends, Collected Stories) first kicked into high gear with this 1992 Obie-winning dramedy, which explores pretensions of the arts world alongside the specter of anti-Semitism. This revisit to the vintage work, directed by Nicole Dominguez, seems less focused than one might hope, despite capable efforts from the four-member cast. em>Read more…

Now running through April 26.

MUTANT OLIVE at the Lounge Theatre

Paul Birchall – Stage and Cinema

After watching the roaring, sputtering, and cursing along with regretful descriptions of drug use and parental abuse back in the “bad old days,” I had to ask myself, “Wha’ kind of crazy fucking show is this?”  Read more…

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

David C. Nichols – LA Times

“I was brought up by wolverines,” says the frenzied protagonist of “Mutant Olive,” and he’s not kidding.Read more…

Now running through February 28.

99 HISTORIES at the Lounge Theatre


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 Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Jeong, a Korean concept not easily translatable to English, is an integral theme in playwright Julia Cho’s potentially absorbing family drama.

As explained by Sah-Jin (Sharon Omi), a widowed immigrant from Korea, to her desperately troubled daughter Eunice (Julia Cho, not the playwright), it’s an intimacy that transcends love or hate: a feeling of closeness with another person whom you may not even like, but whose absence creates an unfillable vacuum in one‘s life.  Read more…

Now running through September 28.






ONE IN THE CHAMBER at the Lounge Theatre

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Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

For committed theatergoers, there’s no happier occasion than stumbling upon a mature, polished work of dramatic art where you never expected to find one. In the little hole-in-the-wall Lounge on Santa Monica Boulevard, 6140 Productions is putting up the world premiere of Marja-Lewis Ryan’s One in the Chamber, and you will not encounter a more stimulating evening of theater this year, nor one harder to shake off. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Marja-Lewis Ryan made a notable debut as a playwright in 2011, with “Dysnomia,” at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. The seriocomic play, about a matriarch in an ostensibly idyllic suburban household who suddenly announces to her husband and children that she is coming out of the closet, was trenchantly amusing and extraordinarily moving.  Read more…

Now running through September 7.

CLOSELY RELATED KEYS at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – ArtsBeatLA

Sporting a message of sisterhood and tolerance, Wendy Graf’s well-intentioned but clumsy drama builds around two half-sisters: Julia (Diarra Kilpatrick), an ambitious attorney living and working in Manhattan, and Neyla (Yvonne Huff), her newly discovered sibling, whom Julia’s father had sired when he was a soldier in Iraq.   Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Two strong women come to grips with their shared family history in this world premiere by Wendy Graf. But in comparing and contrasting their reactions to the play’s events, Graf packs in so many ideas that each idea starts to feel superficially presented. In addition, Graf makes one of the women so in need of an arc, the audience can predict where their story is going. Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

An interesting story told with intelligence and sensitivity, if not quite command and control, Closely Related Keys is poised precariously on the cusp of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a moment in time when residual paranoia remained as raw as the vulnerability suppressed by its protagonist…Read more…

Now running through March 30.