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ALL IN THE TIMING at the Flight Theatre at The Complex

Photo by Peter Flanigan

Photo by Peter Flanigan

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Playfulness and the unexpected inform this sextet of one-acts by David Ives. Not all of them are knee-slapping winners, but Ives’s eccentric humor and witty, nimble use of the word make the show a success. Read more…

Now running through October 2

OUR TOWN at Actors Co-op

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

It’s been nearly eighty years since Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning paean to small town America was first performed, yet it still retains a mysterious charm. Perhaps it’s the play’s evocation of a less complicated time and place, or maybe it’s Wilder’s simple exploration of what is common and universal in the human condition. Read more…

Now running through October 23

MUTUAL PHILANTHROPY – Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Lew Abramson

Photo by Lew Abramson

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA follows on the huge success of Watching O.J. with another play that surveys the social, economic and ethnic chasms that invariably unite and divide us. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

One of the wryest moments in Karen Rizzo’s insightful, 75-minute one-act comes when Lee (Mark Carapezza), a sculptor attending a dinner party with his wife, blinks with bewilderment as he clutches a glass of $2,500-a-bottle Scotch in one hand and a goblet of chichi red wine in the other. Read more…

Now running through September 25

DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL at the Odyssey Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

So what do an ostentatious transsexual, a sassy Blaxploitation film star and a bitter washed up TV actress all have in common?  Norma Desmond!   Read more…

Now running through September 25

BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

There was a time when gas was eleven cents a gallon, a new car might run you a thousand dollars, average wages were under two thousand dollars a year, and thousands of unsuspecting American citizens deemed unfit and undesirable were forcibly sterilized by the government…..Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Blueprint for Paradise is reminiscent of those 1940s anti-Nazi films in which a superficially charming man with a German accent plots to infiltrate America — but at the last minute is thwarted by brave noble citizens and/or the FBI. (I can’t put my finger on the exact name of the film or films, only that recollections of such linger from my childhood.) Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Laurel M. Wetzork’s intriguing and unusual idea for a play falters, largely but not exclusively because of flawed direction, in its world premiere at Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood. Read more…

Now running through September 4

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at the Hudson Backstage Theatre

Photo by Bryan Carpender

Photo by Bryan Carpender

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

With book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham and music by Joshua Saltzman, this schmaltzy romantic musical treads familiar predictable terrain in a pleasantly unfamiliar manner. Loosely based on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, it’s an opposites-attract tale of four young New Yorkers who find true love after tripping over a few bumps on the road. Read more…

Now running through August 7

POWER! STOKELY CARMICHAEL at the Lounge Theatre

(photo by DJ Corey Photography)

(photo by DJ Corey Photography

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Though he is not as well known or recognized as Malcom X or Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, a.k.a., Kwame Toure, was a firebrand Black Nationalist, revolutionary and civil rights activist who left an indelible mark on the stormy era of the 1960’s. The man who coined the phrase, ‘Black Power’ was, as historian Peniel Joseph writes, “an organizer who had his hand in every major demonstration and event that occurred between 1960-1965.” Read more…

Now running through June 11

 

BILL AND DR. BOB at the Noho Arts Center

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Photo by Isabel Wagner

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Ask anyone whether they’ve heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and you’ll probably get a quick “yes,” along with an annoyed “what a stupid question” stare.  But it’s a safe bet that the names Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith wouldn’t be recognized. They were the men who started the organization in the unenlightened 1930’s, Read more…

Now running through June 5

 

LOOSE ENDS at The Victory Theatre Center

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Photo by Kitty Rose

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Michael Weller has a knack for writing about specific cultural time periods. In Moonchildren he peered into the turbulent, “hell no, we won’t go,” drug-fueled, free love 1960’s via a year in the life of a group of idealistic college students. Here, the spotlight is on the tenuous hangover days of the 70’s…….Read more…

Now running through June 11

 

CURRENCY at VS. Theatre

Stephanie Fishbein Photography

Stephanie Fishbein Photography

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This world premiere comedy from Los Angeles playwright Jennie Webb has its moments of glorious insanity and humor, but not enough of them to make it a full-on success. Read more…

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Jennie Webb’s hilarious new play Currency, is a sly commentary on modern relationships — both the intimate kind and familial ones. It begins in the abundantly chintzy yet palatial bedroom of Helen (Dale Waddington) – scenic design is by Krystyna Loboda. It’s the morning after her boyfriend Dan (Warren Davis) has spent the night and, judging by their awkward but friendly banter, it’s the first time he has done so.  Read more…

Now running through May 21

NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY at the Robey Theatre

Photo by Niketa Caleme Harris

Photo by Niketa Caleme Harris

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

In the pantheon of African-American playwrights, the name Charles Gordone isn’t as well-known as others like Lorraine Hansberry or August Wilson. But he was the first black playwright to receive a Pulitzer Prize, and this 1969 drama was the first off-Broadway play to receive the award. Read more…

Now running through May 11

DUSK RINGS A BELL at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Randy Brafton

Photo by Randy Brafton

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

At the heart of Stephen Belber’s dramedy is that painful longing that arises from time to time in all of us to revisit a past time of possibility and happiness. Read more…

Now running through March 13