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CAPTAIN OF THE BIBLE QUIZ TEAM – Rogue Machine at Various Locations

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

In a tiny church, a battle wages. That battle has been nearly settled by American law, it seems to be settling in large urban areas. But in the hearts and minds of the congregation at Kandota Lutheran Church in Little Sauk, Minn., it’s still a stubbornly fought war.Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Directed by Michael Michetti, playwright Tom Jacobson’s compelling drama is a powerful meditation on faith and prejudice. It’s staged with a deceptive simplicity that belies layers of thought-provoking philosophy and emotion. Read more…

Now running through October 3



Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Don Shirley – L.A. Observed

Two plays named after cities: “Barcelona” at the Geffen Playhouse and Rogue Machine’s production of “Pocatello” (in case that doesn’t ring a bell, its namesake is the fifth largest city in Idaho.)

Which theatrical destination sounds more inviting?

Well, “Barcelona” isn’t bad. But “Pocatello” pops.   Read more…


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


From Monday Nights at Rogue Machine to Awake and Sing! to Jennie Webb

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

I Like Mondays


What is nicer than a Monday night show? If I were a theater producer I would always slip a Monday night performance into the schedule, just on principle.


For one thing, all the critics will come, as they really won’t have anything else to do that night, except perhaps tweaking their prose before the Tuesday deadline and maybe watching Antiques Roadshow. You may even get some of the ol’ parasites (read: awards voters) from the Ovations, LADCC, and Stage Raw, given the lack of distracting other attractions.  Read more…


LUKAS ROOM – Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater,


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Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Rob Mersola‘s dicey new comedy Luka’s Room benefits from the efforts of a splendid ensemble cast under the crisp direction of Joshua Bitton.  Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

His father’s finances suddenly gone south (or perhaps merely hidden during the pendancy of his most recent divorce), 19 year old Luka Lupatelli (Nick Marini) must transfer from Arizona State to a San Fernando Valley community college and occupy the old paternal bedroom at addled Grandma Franca’s (Joanna Lipari) meager digs, across the hall from his ne’er-do-well Uncle Nick (Alex Fernandez), recently sprung from another short stint in County Jail. Read more…

Now running through Sept. 23

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.


NICE THINGS at Theater/Theatre

Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Vince Melocchi’s provocative, long one-act hinges on the death in Afghanistan of a young recruit named Danny, who’s from a small Pennsylvania town. His fiancée Amy (Connor Kelly-Eiding), who works in a local donut shop, is trying to cope with her grief over his loss, but she’s also angry on several counts. She’s resentful that military red tape is delaying the payment of his death benefits, and the arcane rules that may make him ineligible to receive them. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

In his new play, “Nice Things,” premiering at Rogue Machine Theatre, Vince Melocchi returns to the middle-American, blue-collar, recession-devastated milieu of his two previous plays, “Lions” and “Julia.”

Set in and around a dying mall in Dunsmore, Pa., “Nice Things” explores the ethics of army recruitment in a bad economy, a complex issue helpfully broken down in the segments of a radio broadcast that frame each scene. Read more…

Now running through  Nov. 23.


LOST GIRLS at Rogue Machine

DiGiovanniLipnickiPauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Almost immediately after the central protagonist Maggie (Jennifer Pollono) bustles onto the stage, pretty soon she’s letting fly a string of profanity. We are abruptly dropped into playwright John Pollono’s milieu, inhabited by working class New Hampshire types who are struggling to make ends meet.
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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Idiosyncratic characters, colorful language and clever one-liners don’t always make a “dramedy” click. John Pollono’s latest play is set in working class New England and revolves around a divorced single mom, Maggie (Jennifer Pollono), who wakes one snowy morning to discover her car and teenage daughter Erica (Anna Theoni DiGiovanni) missing. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

It is a nightmare scenario for any parent: your car is gone, your 17-year-old daughter is nowhere to be found, and there’s a snowstorm making driving especially hazardous. That is precisely what befalls divorced couple Maggie and Lou in John Pollono’s world-premiere play Lost Girls, and the show follows their attempts to find their daughter while they also, awkwardly, try to provide some necessary support for each other despite the rift between them. Read more…

Now running through November 4.

One Night in Miami at Rogue Machine Theatre

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

It’s not every day you get to be heavyweight champion of the world—for a professional sportsman it’s a once in a lifetime event, at least the first time is… In 1964, at the tender age of 22, boxing legend Cassius Clay (soon thereafter known as Muhammad Ali) ascended to the pinnacle of his chosen sport.
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Photo by John Flynn

Photo by John Flynn

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The pull of history and considerable topicality sells “One Night in Miami…” at Rogue Machine. Although this well appointed dramedy about what might have gone down in the Hampton House hotel the night that Cassius Clay became world heavyweight champion slightly overdoes the 20/20 hindsight, that doesn’t stop it from grabbing our imaginations.
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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Although rooted in a historic event, Kemp Powers’ period piece about the meeting of Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Cassius Clay is less about these gentlemen per se than it is about the struggle of African-American men in general to deal with the ubiquitous racism that continually challenges their manhood.
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Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly

Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami takes a semi-biographical, satirical look at idealists and the toll taken by their ideals when they enter the body politic. Here, that body is represented by a Miami motel room in 1964, after upstart 22-year-old boxer Cassius Clay (Matt Jones) has just won the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston.
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Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

A hotel room meeting among world-heavyweight boxing champ Cassius Clay, the late Islamic civil rights leader Malcolm X, football superstar Jim Brown and the late rock singer-songwriter-producer Sam Cooke sounds like it might have been a cataclysmic clash of titans—or at least a hell of an evening.
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Now running through September 15.

Three Views of the Same Object, Rogue Machine

Photo Credit: John Flynn.


Three Views of the Same Object by Henry Murray.


Sharon Perlmutter –

It’s a play about aging—Stop! Wait! Don’t turn away! It’s an honest, frank-and-sometimes-funny look at people making difficult life decisions at a time of life when their conversation focuses just a bit too much on bodily functions. Read more…


David C. Nichols — L.A. Times

“I feel like I’m in an airplane, looking down on my life.” That’s a fair assessment of Three Views of the Same Object in its impressive Rogue Machine production. Despite the odd tonal blip and some new-play quirks, Henry Murray’s tripartite study of an aging couple’s suicide pact is fascinating, haunting and certain to provoke post-show conversation. Read more…