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IT’S TIME at the Ruskin Group Theatre


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Photo by Ed Krieger


Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In his 1987 solo show, Time Flies When You’re Alive, writer/performer Paul Linke relayed the story of his first wife’s battle with breast cancer, the impact of her illness on his family, and the heartbreak of her death at age 37. The couple had three small children at the time, the youngest just turned a year.   Read more…

Now running through December 4

A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Ruskin Group Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Lorraine Hansberry is securely enshrined as an important black playwright, but what few people remember nowadays is that she was also a lovely young woman, with gamin charm and an impish sense of humor. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

“What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes in his 1951 poem “Harlem.” “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”

Too many deferred dreams have been keeping the Younger family tamped down, in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1958 classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” getting a thoughtful revival at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Group Theatre. Read more…

Now running through September 17

A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING at the Ruskin Group Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

In just over an hour, Scottish playwright Gary McNair’s affectionate portrait of the rise and fall of an inveterate gambler manages to span 45 years, chart a grandson’s disillusionment and recovery of faith in his hero, mull the randomness of the universe, and probe the legacy of any human life. And at just over an hour, the Ruskin Group Theatre’s Los Angeles premiere of A Gambler’s Guide to Dying manages to feel a shade too long.    Read more…

Now running through April 29


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Photo by Ed Krieger

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Ruskin Group Theatre has revived the Canadian classic “Leaving Home,” David French’s heavily autobiographical first play. It’s in some ways an odd choice for the little Los Angeles theater.

Although its theme—intergenerational misunderstanding—is universal, the story is rooted in a specific and remote cultural context, the concerns of which seem unlikely to resonate with audiences here on a visceral level (not a lot of Catholic-hating Orangemen in Santa Monica these days). Read more…

Now running through March 14.

THE FACE IN THE REEDS at the Ruskin Group Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

In Robin Uriel Russin’s new dramedy, family members from three generations quarrel during a Passover Seder – this Seder being especially significant for the protagonist Christina (Stacey Moseley) because it’s her first since she converted from the Catholic faith to Judaism.  Read more…

Now running through October 11.

TALHOTBLOND: at the Ruskin Group Theatre


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Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

In TALHOTBLOND:, a working man falls for a hot woman he meets in an internet chatroom. His increasing obsession has a dramatic impact on his work and home lives.

Playwright Kathrine Bates has developed an oeuvre taking real life crimes as the starting point for her dramas. Her most notable work is The Manor, a hugely popular and long running production that takes audiences on a tour of one of Los Angeles most majestic and storied homes, Greystone Manor in the Trousdale Estates.

For TALHOTBLOND:, however, Bates takes a true-life story that feels a little past its use-by date…

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EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA at Ruskin Group Theatre

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Photo by Ed Krieger










Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

This comic extravaganza, written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman and John Neville-Andrews and first produced in 1971, went on to become an international hit. Now the Ruskin Group brings it back, and to insure it retains its original comic glory, two of the original creators have returned: Shearman provides the direction and musical direction, and House reprises his role as the irrepressible emcee Senor Don Pepe Hernandez, presenter of “Parada de las Estrellas.”

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Now running through August 31.