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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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Photo by Michael C. Palma

 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.

A GOOD GRIEF at the Lounge Theatre

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Coincidentally, two unrelated plays about group therapy opened last week in small theaters less than a mile from one another. Neil McGowan’s comedy Lone-Anon, about maladroit loners subjected to court-ordered therapy, is running late nights at Rogue Machine on Pico near La Brea, while Leslie Hardy‘s A Good Grief airs the dirty linen of its grief-struck characters at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre, in a production by Fierce Backbone.

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PACK UP THE MOON at the Lounge Theatre

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Directed by Amy K. Harmon, this not-ready-for-prime-time production concerns a married gay couple, Andre (David Jette) and Carter (Brad Harris), whose relationship sours following the death of their adopted infant son. Read more…