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STILL LIFE at Rogue Machine at The Met

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Though it aspires to be profound, Alexander Dinelaris’s’ aptly titled Still Life can’t transcend its commonplace dialogue or the limitations of an inadequately conceived central character.   Read more…

Now running through April 23

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

BULL at The MET Theatre

Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Mike Bartlett’s Bull, a loose companion piece to his play, Cock, is witty and devastating in its depiction of workplace cruelty. Although it can be hard to watch, Rogue Machine’s West Coast premiere is a terrific production, tightly directed by Jennifer Pollono and brilliantly acted by a superb ensemble. Read more…

Now running through June 26

HONKY at Rogue Machine at the MET Theatre

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

For a considerable time now, it has become exceptionally difficult to shock an audience, a gambit that used to be an important arrow in the artist’s quiver. Nevertheless, in a society where in recent years the most dreaded circumstance has become to feel in any colorable way “awkward”, discomfiting the viewer may now be the next best thing.    Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Honky, directed by Gregg T. Daniel at the Rogue Machine Theatre, is one of those tricky comedies that elicits laughs from audience members even as they shift uncomfortably in their seats. Read more…

Now running through June 12

DIRT at the Raven Playhouse

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

While Alejandro G. Iñárritu customarily and pretentiously inflated the purported weight of the soul in his 2003 movie 27 Grams, Bryony Lavery more tangibly measures the palpable bulk of a dead human body in her insightfully written Dirt, a West Coast premiere presented by Rogue Machine Theatre with SRS Production Wing. Read more…

Now running through April 10

 

POCATELLO – Rogue Machine at The Met

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

If you google the town of Pocatello in Southwest Idaho, you’ll get images of dusty hills and a downtown whose architecture might have served as nostalgic backdrop for The Last Picture Show. The place is changing though; look long enough and you’ll see a shot of a Ross store as well, and signs of a bland commercial culture metastasizing across the landscape. Read more…

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Everyone seems to be on the brink of crisis in Samuel D. Hunter’s drama Pocatello, now playing at Rogue Machine Theatre’s new home base theater in East LA. In Hunter’s one-act drama, numerous characters grapple with emotional and spiritual isolation in a remote Mid-western town.   Read more…

Now running through April 10

NEED TO KNOW at Rogue Machine Theatre

Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

As Pete Townshend was once known to opine, “The world begins behind your neighbor’s walls.” It’s one of the core mysteries of modern life – what do people do or say when they think they’re unobserved or unheard? Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The characters In Jonathan Caren’s contemporary comedy Need to Know use Facebook and the Internet to glean information about others, but while technology plays a pivotal role here, the playwright’s primary concern is ethics: specifically, how we treat the misfits among us—those who may not conform to conventional standards of beauty and behavior. Read more…

 

Now running through December 13.

A PERMANENT IMAGE at Theatre/Theater

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Photo by John Flynn

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Here’s a deal, L.A. theaters: We’ll happily watch all the liquored-up-dysfunctional-family-reunion dramas you care to stage, as long as you cast Anne Gee Byrd as the mother. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Like his other plays, Samuel D. Hunter’s A Permanent Image is set in the arid cultural wasteland of northern Idaho. Read more…

Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Obie-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (“The Whale,” “A Bright New Boise”) is among the most vibrant and relevant voices in contemporary theater, known for his daring works of uncompromising emotional resonance and psychological depth. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Ah, to be in northern Idaho, where an ordinary couple could peacefully parent a son and daughter, and then spend their golden years wallowing in substance abuse and unenlightening religious worship. em>Read more…

 

Now running through July 20.

UPLOADED at Rogue Machine Theatre

Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

Margaret Gray – LA Times

If you weren’t already worried about the future, “Uploaded,” L.R. Gordon’s new play premiering at Rogue Machine, will give you specific reasons to fear the rise of the millennial generation. Read more…

Now running through November 22.

 

PENELOPE at the Rogue Machine Theatre

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Photo by John Flynn

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA

This grimly hilarious dark comedy by Irish playwright Enda Walsh (The New Electric Ballroom, The Walworth Farce) puts a snarky, post-modern spin on the Greek myth of Penelope, faithful wife of Odysseus. Odysseus sailed away to fight in the Trojan War and hasn’t been heard from since. Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

If Nietzsche could announce the death of God in the late 19th century, it was certainly old news by the time of Sartre and Beckett. Similarly, the power of the absurdity of the modern condition has withered under the persistent shadow of theatrical giants. Our contemporary quandary may be not so much the struggle over a meaningless existence but what to do and where to go after raging about the dying of the light has itself lost its heroic dimension. Read more…

Now running through August 10.

 

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES at the Rogue Machine Theatre

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Rogue Machine has turned itself into the go-to organization for provocative two-handers. If Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries lacks the dread of 2011’s Blackbird or the contemporary relevance of 2013’s Dying City, this production, directed by Larissa Kokernot, demonstrates anew the Pico Boulevard company’s knack for finding something precious in the confrontation of one man and one woman in space and time.  Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

Playwright Rajiv Joseph gained notoriety when his politically charged play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — which debuted at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in May 2009 before moving to Broadway — was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Gruesome Playground Injuries had its world premiere later that same year. Both are different animals indeed. Read more…

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

“I am big. It’s the pictures that got small,” Norma Desmond says in Sunset Boulevard.

There’s a discernible condescension in a number of reviews of Rajiv Joseph’s 2011 play, Gruesome Playground Injuries, in its early productions. Mainly these reviews keep comparing it to Joseph’s “bigger” play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which world-premiered at L.A.’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2009.   Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

Sometimes, a playwright will use non-linear storytelling to devastating effect. Seeing the effect before the cause can make the cause—which may have otherwise appeared trivial—all the more important. At other times, telling the tale out of order engenders greater audience involvement, as the audience tries to pull the disparate pieces together to form one coherent story. Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries doesn’t do either of these things. Instead, it appears that the story is told out of order to disguise the fact that there just isn’t much of a story here.  Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

Over the course of 30 years, from ages eight to 38, Kayleen (Jules Willcox) and Doug (Brad Fleischer) “meet cute” in various emergency rooms and hospitals when one or the other (and sometimes both) have been injured or otherwise grievously harmed. Doug is a risk-taking, accident-prone daredevil, Kayleen more apt to be psychically damaged, when not engaged in adolescent cutting. Read more…

Now running through July 14.

LONE-ANON at Rogue Machine Theatre

Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Lone-Anon is, at core, an Orwellian social satire, set five years in the future, when the NSA and/or FBI has set up a watch list for people with antisocial tendencies. For instance, if you’re invited to a party on Facebook and you don’t respond, you may well land on the list and find yourself in a court-ordered therapy session for loners…
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