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TAR at Atwater Village Theatre

Photo courtesy of Playwrights’ Arena)

Photo courtesy of Playwrights’ Arena)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

It’s Los Angeles in 1939. Count Basie and his band are scheduled to play at the Palomar Ballroom — one of the first African-American groups to perform there. Next door, at Bimini Baths, two employees, African-American Amen (Noel Arthur) and Mexican-American Zenobio (Adrian Gonzalez) have been given the onerous job of cleaning up the tar-covered body of a drunken white man…….Read more…

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THE END TIMES at the Skylight Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Religious ideology and its impact on young minds serves as the theme for playwright Jesse Mu-En Shao’s The End Times, a lean narrative enriched with well-grounded performances and a modest but handsome production design. The play, developed jointly by Playwrights’ Arena and the Skylight Theatre, is cogently directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Read more…

Now running through May 15

@THESPEEDOFJAKE at the Atwater Village Theatre

Photo by Blake Boyd

Photo by Blake Boyd

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Jennifer Maisel’s new play, premiering with this production, examines the way we deal with grief, loss, and death.

Clark (Ryan Yu) and Emily (Elizabeth Pan) were a happily married couple, devoted to their 10-year-old son Jake (whom we never see).  But when Jake is suddenly killed in a hideous bicycle accident, their marriage is severely stressed. Read more...

Now running through December 7.

DALLAS NON-STOP at Atwater Village Theatre

Pauline Adamek  – LA Weekly

Young and naive, Girlie (Sandy Yu) has moved from her Philippines village to the city to train at a regional call center for a major American airline. Obsessed with the TV soap Dallas, Girlie fantasizes about moving there to live a dream life. But her single-minded pursuit and ultimate triumph have a price.
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Now running through December 9.

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