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PLASTICITY at the Hudson Guild Theatre

Photo by Jessica SHerman

Photo by Jessica SHerman

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

The human brain is a powerful and fascinating thing. In Plasticity, a world premiere play written by Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill, a man in a coma struggles to become conscious again, all while his family and friends are forced to make difficult decisions regarding his life and future.     Read more…

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

The title of this play refers to the brain’s ability to rewire or reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life, especially in response to disease or injury. Read more…

Now running through March 13

THE TEMPEST at Zombie Joe’s Underground

Photo by Jana Wimer

Photo by Jana Wimer

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

One thing about the folks at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater is that they never seem to run out of bold inventive ways to reinvent the classics. They’ve mined the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allan Poe with considerable success in the past, and now, once again, provide their take on one of the pillars of the Shakespeare canon. Read more…

Now running through December 18

THE SUPER VARIETY MATCH BONUS ROUND! – Rogue Machine at The Met Theatre

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Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Ernest and Margaret Eagleton (Mark L. Taylor, Bonnie Bailey-Reed), are small town Texas folks whose nondescript lives are transformed by a visitor, in this lively comedy by Deb Hiett. Read more…

Now running through December 19

HANSEL & GRETEL BLUEGRASS at the 24th Street Theatre

Photo by Cooper Bates

Photo by Cooper Bates

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

The 24th Street Theatre has a reputation for producing quality theater suitable for everyone from 8 to 80 years old. Hansel & Gretel Bluegrass, Bryan Davidson’s compelling musical adaptation of the fairy tale about two hungry and imperiled children, is the company’s latest effort. Read more…

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

It’s truly puzzling that many of the world’s most celebrated children’s stories often contain elements that are very unpleasant, and sometimes gore-fest horrible. The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christiansen Anderson, is a good example; in its original version it was utterly gruesome (sorry, Disney!). Read more…

Now running through March 26

UNDERNEATH at the Odyssey Theatre

Photo by Patrick Redmond

Photo by Patrick Redmond

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

Irish playwright-performer Pat Kinevane returns to the Odyssey Theater with a new piece that explores “life lived on the fringes of society.” Kinevane’s previous works, Forgotten and Silent, were performed at the Odyssey in 2011 and 2012, and with Underneath, the third piece in the trilogy, he brings us a very unconventional ghost story, cleverly directed by Jim Culleton, just in time for Halloween. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Underneath, a one-person show by Irish playwright/performer Pat Kinevane, should be seen for the poetry and poignancy of its story and the brilliant stagecraft that enhances it. Read more…

Now running through October 30

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