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Photo by Felipe Fredes

Photo by Felipe Fredes

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Few people sitting down at REDCAT this week for the U.S. premiere of Mateluna” will have heard of Jorge Mateluna. But after seeing this theatrical exploration of truth and deception in life and art, none likely will hear the Erasure song “A Little Respect” without thinking of him.
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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Sometimes a play finds its moment long after its premiere and initial exposure to the world. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Wallace Shawn is a powerhouse storyteller, and the story he spins in The Designated Mourner is a riveting tale.    Read more…

Now running through May 21


Michael Owen Baker / For The Times

Michael Owen Baker / For The Times

David C. Nichols – LA Times

An extraordinary merger of cinematic and theatrical art suffuses “Historia de Amor,” which concludes its North American premiere engagement at REDCAT on Sunday.

This mordant, uncommonly arresting production from Chile’s acclaimed Teatrocinema troupe doesn’t just borrow film and animation elements — it absorbs them into live performance to create an entirely new form. Read more…



Photo by Joost van den Broek

Photo by Joost van den Broek

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

Dutch performance group Hotel Modern, along with sound designer and composer Arthur Sauer, have created a fascinating, innovative and riveting miniature reenactment of World War I, using an imaginative mix of toy soldiers and tiny landscapes, along with a mélange of media and soundscape.Read more…


CINEASTAS – Grupo Marea (Buenos Aires) at REDCAT

Photo by Stephen Gunther

Photo by Stephen Gunther

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Argentinian theater auteur Mariano Pensotti returns to REDCAT three years after his remarkable The Past is a Grotesque Animal  with an even more intricately woven tapestry of tales. Cineastas, which closes this weekend, is incontrovertibly one of the essential stage productions of 2015. Read more…

Now running through Feb. 21.



Photo by James Allister Sprang

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

Although The Wooster Group has been a frequent visitor to Los Angeles (most recently a year ago with Eugene O’Neill’s early seafaring plays), this new mounting of its glum fantasia on a text by William Shakespeare represents the company’s first world premiere production to debut outside New York (not counting a dozen warm-up previews at its Performing Garage home). The piece originated in a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company in which the Woosters played the Trojans and the RSC the Greeks.  Read more…

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

NYC’s The Wooster Group, which created this production, has always tended toward the highbrow and intellectual. In trying to describe the company, two words come to mind: brilliant and wayward. Brilliant because whatever the company does is done with great skill and polish, and wayward because its approach to the material is often freewheeling and eccentric—and sometimes just plain off-the-wall. Read more…

Now running through March 9.


Photo by Sarah Ainslie

Photo by Sarah Ainslie

Les Spindle – LA Stage Times

Next month, LA will again play host to Radar LA. Following its debut in June 2011, the international theater festival returns September 24 for a second edition. This collaborative project is presented by REDCAT and its parent institution, CalArts, in association with Center Theatre Group and a consortium of partners including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Gatz, Elevator Repair Service at REDCAT

Photo by Steven Gunther.


Gatz by Elevator Repair Service after F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

It’s engrossing, subtle and riveting. A theatrical performance that consists of the “reading” and acting out of an entire novel over the course of a single day, Gatz, by New York City’s experimental theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is a unique and rewarding experience – both literary and theatrical.   The novel is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age classic The Great Gatsby and the show is staged as a marathon event. Dedicated LA audiences see the ‘curtain’ rise at 2pm and fall at 10pm (1pm till 9pm on Sundays). It’s a lot to demand from both audiences and the acting company, and yet it works.  Read more…



David C. Nichols – Backstage

The spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald permeates Gatz at REDCAT, as do the ghosts of David Belasco, Joseph Papp, and John Houseman, for starters. In its breathtaking L.A. premiere, Elevator Repair Service’s marathon embodiment of The Great Gatsby is a watershed theatrical event.   Read more…