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A WRINKLE IN TIME at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Photo by Gina Long, courtesy Sierra Madre Playhouse)

Photo by Gina Long, courtesy Sierra Madre Playhouse)

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Imaginative direction, striking designs and two vivid performances bring the thrilling journey of Madeleine L’Engle’s science-fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time” to life onstage at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Read more…

Now running through April 22

BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Photo by Gina Long

Photo by Gina Long

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In 1985 police dropped a bomb on a predominantly black middle-class neighborhood in Philadelphia. They were targeting MOVE, a strange radical group known for staging vociferous profanity-laden demonstrations against the Establishment. Read more…

Now running through February 18

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

(Photo by John Dlugolecki)

(Photo by John Dlugolecki)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This cheery, lightweight musical — conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with a book by Rachel Scheinkin, and music and lyrics by William Finn (Falsettos, Falsettoland) — has a proven track-record as a crowd pleaser. Read more…

Now running through August 21

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

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Photo by Gina Long

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

In the grand scheme of things, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is only as good as its cast, and Sierra Madre has that nailed with a terrific ensemble who enliven William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s amusing take on competition among the young. Read more…

Now running through August 21

 

DEATHTRAP at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

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Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Playwright Ira Levin’s Deathtrap became the longest-running thriller in Broadway history, playing for nearly four years — topped only by the London production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which seems destined to run forever. And Levin’s other works are not to be sneezed at: they include such trifles as Rosemary’s Baby, A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys From Brazil. Read more…

Now running through February 20

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Photo  by Gina Long

Photo by Gina Long

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Truman Capote’s autobiographical novella, A Christmas Memory, deals with his loving friendship with his elderly eccentric cousin Sook, and takes place during a period in the writer’s childhood when, due to his mother’s marital vicissitudes, he was farmed out to various relatives in the South. Read more…

Now running through December 27.

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Photo by Gina Long

Photo by Gina Long

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Country Music Hall of Famer Patsy Cline was celebrated not only for her melodic voice and versatile repertoire but for her warmth, humility and readiness to promote the careers of others, especially women.  Read more…

Now running through September 27.

6 RMS RIV VU at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Photo by Gina Long

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Written by Bob Randall (nee Stanley B. Goldstein), 6 Rms Riv Vu opened on Broadway in 1972, with Jerry Orbach and Jane Alexander as strangers who meet in an empty apartment and cannot decide whether or not to have an affair. The production ran for 247 performances and earned Randall a Drama Desk Award for most promising new playwright – which is rather startling, given how creaky this play is (and goes to show just how much – or little – professional critics really know). Read more…

Now running through September 6.

AN IDEAL HUSBAND at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

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Photo by Geoffrey Wade

Deborah Klugman – ArtsBeatLA

Oscar Wilde is famous for his sparkling wit, but there’s not much spark to this humdrum production of An Ideal Husband, Wilde’s moral-minded comedy about a prominent public figure facing a choice between sacrificing his principles or destroying his career. Read more…

Now running through February 23.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

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Photo by Christina Harris

What made Ebenezer Scrooge such a miserable old coot? Adapter-director Christina Harris elaborates on this aspect of Dickens’ cautionary tale in Sierra Madre Playhouse’s amiable musical production of A Christmas Carol, embellished with songs and upbeat ensemble dancing. Scott Harris portrays the tight-fisted miser as less an icy capitalist than a bad-tempered old man with chronic indigestion (my take).
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Now running through December 22.

THE LION IN WINTER at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

James Goldman’s smart 1968 drama re-imagines a nightmarish home-for-the-holidays reunion for the dysfunctional family of 12th century monarch Henry II and his estranged wife, Eleanor (historically, a brilliant duo whose early political conquests rocked their generation) . Thirty years into the marriage, relations have soured, with Eleanor (Diane Hurley) under indefinite house arrest for plotting Henry (John Rafter Lee)’s overthrow, but furloughed on this holiday occasion to take part in determining his heir.
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Photo by Gina Long

 

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

This polished and entertaining adaptation of Mark Twain’s coming-of-age classic is a rare case of family entertainment done well. Skillfully directed by Aaron Lyons from a streamlined narrative by Laura Eason, the story tracks the transformation of title character Tom (Mike Rosenbaum) from mischievous kid to thoughtful youth, a metamorphosis that takes place after he confronts the villainous Injun Joe (Brandon Karrer) and saves an innocent man from hanging.
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Now running through September 7.