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THE MODEL APARTMENT at the Geffen Playhouse

Model Apt

(Photo by Jeff Lorch Photography)

Terry Morgan – Stage Raw

The Geffen Playhouse has had a fruitful relationship with playwright Donald Margulies, resulting in memorable productions such as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. It’s only natural the theatre would want to continue this successful streak, which leads to the current revival of Margulies’ earlier work, The Model Apartment. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The story of an elderly couple and their efforts to elude the past, The Model Apartment — now running at the Geffen Playhouse — unfolds with subtlety and surprise. It’s one of those poignant dramas about “little” people that lingers after the final curtain. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania

Anchored by actress Marilyn Fox’s exquisite portrayal of a retiree trying to keep her family together, The Model Apartment is a stirring evening. The talented four-person ensemble draws the audience into this tragic and relatable drama at Geffen Playhouse. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

It’s impossible to share impressions about “The Model Apartment” without revealing its plot points. But the mood it creates and the feelings it stirs up can’t be spoiled by spoilers. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

In one of his early plays, Donald Margulies examines how one couple’s best laid plans for their twilight years become dismantled when they fail to reconcile properly with the past. Read more…

Now running through November 20

THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: REVISITED at the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Photo by Ken Sawyer

Photo by Ken Sawyer

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

It’s been a familiar gambit for some time for actors to take a famous play and turn it into a one-person show ‑ essaying all the roles to display his or her virtuosity — but I’d never heard of the reverse being done until now. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Gently but pointedly reminding all of us that we are strikingly alike in so many ways are the Los Angeles LGBT Center and its production of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Revisited.” Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Much but not all of Jane Wagner’s astute and witty take on modern American life circa the 1980s is preserved in this engaging multi-performer adaptation directed by Ken Sawyer at the L.A. LGBT Center. Read more…

Now running through December 11

 

SKULLDUGGERY: THE MUSICAL PREQUEL TO HAMLET at Sacred Fools Theater

(Photo by Jessica Sherman Photography)

(Photo by Jessica Sherman Photography)

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The most painful duty of a critic is watching a group of very talented people knock themselves out in support of a project that simply doesn’t work. One has some idea of the level of effort that goes into such an ambitious endeavor, and it’s no fun to proclaim the end result stillborn. Unfortunately, Michael Shaw Fisher’s Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet is such a project,…. Read more…

Now running through November 5.

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at the Ahmanson Theatre

Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge was roundly praised in both London and New York. The current version at the Ahmanson, however, has at least a couple of major problems. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove revives Arthur Miller’s 1957 classic “A View From the Bridge” with a staging at once utterly realistic and utterly stylized. Read more…

Now running through November 5.

ALL THE WAY at South Coast Repertory

Photo by Debora Robinson

Photo by Debora Robinson

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Theatre based on the recreation of history can be frustrating. On the one hand, one never knows how much the facts have been altered to make it properly dramatic and entertaining, while on the other, there are often so many characters that one never really gets to know any of them. That said, Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way manages to avoid most of these pitfalls. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

There should be a special award for when one actor wins the Tony, but then another actor still finds a way to kill the role — to act the heck out of it and to make it new. I’d nominate Hugo Armstrong, who stars as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning “All the Way” at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Read more…

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

In a tableau framed by a Greek colonnade with the US seal prominently placed centerstage, Robert Schenkkan’s political rouser revisits the moments following John Kennedy’s assassination as Lyndon Johnson (Hugo Armstrong) seizes the reins of power and steps into the presidency. Atop the columns on a raised stage stands a cast of characters who will both ally themselves with Johnson and oppose him, and that is the stuff of his ardent pursuit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read more…



Now running through October 2

PLEASE DON’T ASK ABOUT BECKET at Sacred Fools Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

What is to be done with the prodigals and the fuckups, those we love in spite of logic, those who will likely never change but instead haunt us for the rest of our lives? Everybody knows someone like this, and it’s heartbreaking not knowing what to do. Wendy Graf’s Please Don’t Ask About Becket movingly depicts how a family deals with this situation over decades, showing how some tragedies never really end. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

The prodigal child is a staple of family drama, in theater as in life. It’s a conflict that affects families at all income levels, although we probably hear more stories from the middle and upper classes (perhaps because they’re more ready or able to articulate their pain). Read more…

Now running through September 18

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

 

Photo by Enci Box

Photo by Enci Box

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

One of the definitions of “meta-theatrical” is a theatre piece that constantly reminds the audience that they’re watching a play — one which comments on theatre in general. One famous example of this technique is Our Town, where the Stage Manager — not the narrator, mind you, but explicitly the Stage Manager — tells the audience immediately that watching a play is what they’re doing. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Playwrights love pouncing on our flaws, sometimes with harsh words or warnings for us or with outrageous exaggerations.Read more…

Now running through September 4

KING LEAR at the Loft Ensemble

Photo by Shelby Barr

Photo by Shelby Barr

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Lear is one of those roles used to chart an actor’s path in life: the young actor is Romeo, a bit later is Hamlet, and the older actor essays Prospero and Lear. Read more…

Now running through August 14

ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE at Pacific Resident Theatre

Photo by Vitor Martins

Photo by Vitor Martins

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Eccentricities of a Nightingale was Tennessee Williams’ 1951 rewrite of his earlier Summer and Smoke. It was supposedly his preferred version of the story, and one can see why. The main character of Alma is more clearly delineated, and the drama springs more from her choices than from fate. The current production at Pacific Resident Theater benefits from Dana Jackson’s sensitive direction and a knockout lead performance. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

With “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” Tennessee Williams’ 1951 revision of his earlier play “Summer and Smoke,” Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice ends its 30th anniversary season on a quietly remarkable note. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” has been said to be about good and evil, illusion and reality.    Read more…

Now running through August 14

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

ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE at the Lounge Theatre

Marriage-Hearse

Photo by J. Coldize

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Matt Morillo’s compelling comedy/drama All Aboard The Marriage Hearse depicts what happens when a longtime couple discovers they fundamentally disagree about the concept of matrimony. Read more…

Now running through June 19

THAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR, THE RAPE PLAY at Son of Semele Ensemble

Photo by Laura Carson

Photo by Laura Carson

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The thrill of creating an experimental theatre piece lies in being able to express something one couldn’t in the standard mode. The downside is that not all experiments are a success.   Read more…

Now running through June 19