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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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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

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

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

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX at the Mark Taper Forum

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

The sneaky, overworked phrase “friends with benefits” takes on new meaning in this watery comedy by Bathsheba Doran. Read more…

Dany Margolies – L.A. Daily News

Family has not changed since ancient times. Our perceptions of family have. Playwright Bathsheba Doran seems to celebrate this in her play “The Mystery of Love & Sex.” That’s the lovely part of this work. Read more…

 

Now running through March 10

 

FLY at the Pasadena Playhouse

Photo by Jim Cox Photography

Photo by Jim Cox Photography

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military pilots in the Armed Forces of the United States. Their courage, skill and dedication played a significant role in the allied victory in Europe during World War II — this in a time of hardcore segregation and racial hostility, both inside and outside the military. Their story is the inspiration for this stylized drama, penned by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, who also provides sound direction.
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Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

Exhilarating and profoundly emotional, Fly is a hugely entertaining and uplifting stage play about real-life heroes and determined pioneers who defied opposition and broke an important race barrier. In Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s World War II-set play we meet a group of men who excelled in their chosen career against all odds. These men demonstrated ferocious valor as well as a willingness to serve and die for their country, in spite of being treated like second-class citizens at home in the still-segregated regions of the US.     Read more…

 

Now running through February 21

FOREVER HOUSE at the Skylight Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Tony Abatemarco’s play Forever House, about a gay couple who purchase a home and then struggle to make a go of their partnership, is something of a hybrid. In some places it’s an airy situation comedy that drifts into horror-lite…… 

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Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

For Jack and Ben (Michael Rubenstone, James Liebman), the future could not be brighter. At a time when gay couples have attained something approaching legitimacy and equal rights, they have just purchased a stylish craftsman home in a very white bread “straight,” neighborhood, and are mulling over the details of decoration and the possibility of a family. Full assimilation and acceptance at last. Or is it?       Read more…

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Veteran playwright Tony Abatemarco offers an alternately funny and heartrending new play, exploring the quest for happily-ever-after domesticity in contemporary gay relationships. Read more…

Now running through February 28