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NUDE/NAKED at the McCadden Place Theatre

Darrett Sanders

Darrett Sanders

Frances Baum Nicholson –The Stage Struck Review

With its provocative title, “Nude/Naked,” Lightning Rod Theater’s premiere production at the in Hollywood, may at first seem to be something prurient. What fascinates more than anything else is how much it is not, at least not if you’re really listening.

Now running through February 17

MACBETH. HIS STORY. HER TRAGEDY. at the McCadden Place Theatre

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Fearless Imp Entertainment

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy has been reconceptualized to connect with the modern day #MeToo movement by offering an alternative explanation for one of its leading character’s actions. It is built on the notion that all of the women are victims of sexual abuse – most specifically, Lady Macbeth – who, in this version, has been raped by King Duncan while her husband is off fighting the war.
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Now running through April 29

SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIA at the McCadden Place Theatre

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Photo by April Kelly

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This curious play, written by Meghan Brown, developed with Fugitive Kind Theatre, and incorporating input from director Amanda McRaven, is a freewheeling fantasia drawn from themes, characters, and situations in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s also an apocalyptic dystopia, cast in the form of a sequel depicting events that occurred after the end of Shakespeare’s play.

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Now running through May 29

Julius Caesar, The New American Theatre at McCadden Place Theatre

Photo by Jack Stehlin.


Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.


Dany Margolies –

Apparently this Shakespeare play doesn’t need to be performed on the steps of a real-life city hall to impress. Here, a chamber version captures the story’s expanse while feeling immediate, near, and unfortunately modern. Add in the casting of women in traditionally male roles, modern-day business attire, and non-declamatory performances, and the production plays like an Aaron Sorkin series. Read more…