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RED at South Coast Repertory

Debora Robinson / South Coast Repertory

Debora Robinson / South Coast Repertory

Margaret Gray – LA Times

“I am not your rabbi, I am not your father, I am not your shrink, I am not your friend, I am not your teacher,” the Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko warns his new assistant in the first scene of John Logan’s Tony Award-winning bio-drama “Red,” now at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. “I am your employer.” Read more…

Now running through February 21

THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO at South Coast Repertory

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The charm of Sandra Tsing Loh — or of any successful comedian and satirist for that matter — lies in the ability to transform commonplace yet intensely private experiences into performance material that is entertaining, enlightening and, for some viewers perhaps, cathartic. Read more…

Now running through January 24.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – South Coast Repertory at Segerstrom Stage

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

 Influenced by the popular commedia dell’arte of the 16th century, Carlo Goldoni’s 18th century archetypal The Servant of Two Masters makes a perfect model for Richard Bean’s British update of a wily servant’s service to two bosses in 1963 Brighton. Populated by some of the stock characters of the form, it is two and a half hours of pratfalls, comic timing, and improbable situations designed for maximum laughs.  Read more

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Photo courtesy of mellopix.comNow running through October 11.

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters updates the action to the Swinging Sixties in England, complete with big hair and a skiffle band. As with most commedia, the humor is broad and the characters are archetypes, but it’s undeniably funny.   Read more…

HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Talk amongst yourselves,” says a wild-eyed Lester Bangs as he hammers away at his typewriter, gesturing us into his unkempt apartment, Black Sabbath blaring from the turntable. “And nobody touch my records.”Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

The lesson to be learned here is not how to be a rock critic but how to be a human being, experiencing instead of describing, taking action instead of observing. When the theatermakers are teaching this lesson, this piece is at its finest. When the theater-makers are trying to make theater, even they must still learn a few things. Read more…

Jon Magaril – Curtain Up

I raise my lighter way up for Erik Jensen’s kick-ass performance as Lester Bangs, trumpeted by many as the best rock critic of all time. His reviews and essays in the ’70s heyday of Rolling Stone, Creem, the Village Voice were fiercely opinionated (sometimes ecstatic, often vituperative), deeply personal, and enduringly influential. Following his example of popularizing the terms “heavy metal” and “punk rock,” I hereby dub the new play co-written by director Jessica Blank and Jensen a rock-u-docu-solo-show. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

….Bangs, with his uninhibited prose and rabidly personal take on pop music, remains the patron saint of rock critics, martyred at 33 by demons not unlike those of many musicians he idolized and in turn rejected for their inevitable failings. Read more…

 

 

Now running through June 28.

MR. WOLF at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The things that are good about Rajiv Joseph’s new play Mr. Wolf outweigh the things that are misguided, enough that one hopes the author will use this world premiere to tighten the play’s focus and deepen its impact. The current production at South Coast Repertory benefits from an excellent cast and a veteran director in David Emmes, but other elements of the show, such as the set design, are somewhat lacking. Read more…

Now running through May 3.

OF GOOD STOCK at South Coast Repertory

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Photo by Debora Robinson

Margaret Gray – LA Times

South Coast Repertory’s generosity to new playwrights has a fairy godmother-like charm. The company commissioned a play from the relatively unknown writer Melissa Ross and has mounted a lavish, gorgeous world premiere production of it. Read more…

Now running through April 26.

TOKYO FISH STORY at South Coast Repertory

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Photo by Ben Horak

Margaret Gray – LA Times

There are plenty of fish in the sea, we console ourselves when loved ones escape our nets. But in Kimber Lee’s new play, “tokyo fish story,” having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, the truth of this old proverb is in doubt. Read more…

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Admirers of the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” should settle in comfortably for Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story. Read more…

Now running through March 29.

TRISTAN AND YSEULT at South Coast Repertory

 

Following their astonishing­ Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride, the beguiling players from Kneehigh return to St. Ann’s Warehouse with this glorious adaptation of Tristan & Yseult. Based on an epic ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels i

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

One element that’s always appealed to me in the Tristan and Yseult story [this  version, anyway] has to do with how King Mark – a betrayed ruler and cuckolded husband -  declines to violently avenge himself on the erring lovers.  Although the opportunity is there, he forbears from plunging a dagger into their sleeping bodies……Read more…

Now running through February 22.

THE WHIPPING MAN at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Remember the scene in “Gone With the Wind” when Scarlett fries latkes for a Hanukkah party at Tara? No? Right, there wasn’t such a scene. American Civil War sagas seldom reflect a Jewish perspective.

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man is reputed to be one of the most widely produced American plays of the past few years. I can see why. It’s well written, with several splendid speeches for actors. It only has three roles and doesn’t necessarily require a fancy set.

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Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Matthew Lopez’s evocative Civil War story opens in near darkness as a Jewish Confederate captain, Caleb (Adam Haas Hunter), drags himself into his severely damaged home near Richmond, Va., a few days after the recent cessation of the war. Seriously wounded, he is met by former slave Simon (Charlie Robinson), who has stayed behind to look after things after the family fled.

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Now running through January 25.

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ZEALOT at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Set entirely in the confines of the office of the British Consul in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during the first day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Zealot, by the well-established and prolific Theresa Rebeck (Seminar, Mauritius, Bad Dates, Spike Heels), cannot avoid being a presumptuous play, satirizing and exposing obtuse Western perceptions that fig-leaf heedless and narrow interests while inevitably giving way to indulging in ironic Near East Orientalisms of its own. Read more…

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

Theresa Rebeck’s dramatic essay on the many layers of conflict in the Middle East – political, religious, cultural and diplomatic – is a deftly drawn piece of Shavian drama that satisfies on several levels. Read more…

Now running through November 16.

VENUS IN FUR at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Steven Leigh Morris  – LA Weekly

David Ives’ Tony-nominated 2010 sexual comedy, Venus in Fur, is to eroticism what Yasmina Reza’s Art is to painting. Both are beguiling, erudite parlor games that keep fluttering around the issues they purport to investigate. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 26.

THE TEMPEST at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Smith Center/Geri Codey

Photo by Smith Center/Geri Codey

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The current production of The Tempest at South Coast Repertory is the best version of the play I’ve ever seen.

It does something seemingly obvious, yet not so obvious that I’ve seen it before: It focuses on the magic. This isn’t to say that it skimps on vengeance, forgiveness or young love, but director/adaptors Aaron Posner and Teller bring the magic to the forefront, and it’s dazzling.  Read more… 

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

There are no less than five productions of The Tempest this late summer in Southern California, a testament perhaps to the durable appeal of the play’s autumnal vision, all promising fresh variations — including no less than two female Prosperos. So perhaps tricking out the play’s fantastical manipulations of the elements and minds of men with stage prestidigitation (masterminded by celebrity co-director and adapter Teller) may not be such an outre innovation. Read more…

Now running through Sept. 27.