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LITTLE CHILDREN DREAM OF GOD at The Road on Magnolia

Photo by Michele Young)

Photo by Michele Young)

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

With its plot involving the fate of a foreign refugee seeking a new life in America, Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God couldn’t be timelier. It gets a solid production from the Road Theatre Company in this West Coast premiere and is full of strong performances, but something curiously flat in the main storyline keeps it from attaining its full potential. Read more…

Now running through April 15

THE MONGOOSE at The Road on Magnolia

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In the opening scene of Will Arbery’s dark, roundabout dramedy, a family lounges in the living room of their grungy Dallas domicile, munching food and watching TV. The clan consists of Cole, the dad (Dirk Etchison), and his three teenaged kids. Kay Bailey (Arielle Fodor), the serious-minded middle sibling (and, we learn, the only family member in firm touch with an external reality) inquires if they’ll be going to church. After a brief discussion, the consensus emerges as no. Read more…

Now running through April 17

BROKEN FENCES at the Road on Magnolia

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Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

In its West Coast debut, Steven Simoncic’s 2013 portrait of urban gentrification, set in contemporary Chicago, offers intriguing ruminations on the human ramifications of the phenomenon. Read more…

Now running through April 3

HOMEFREE at the Road on Magnolia

Courtesy Road Theatre Company

Courtesy Road Theatre Company

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Lisa Loomer writes Issue Plays. She may not set out to do so quite so baldly, but there it is. Her works tend to be identifiable, and tend to last in the memory, as copiously researched treatments of specific ongoing problems in contemporary American life. And, by the way, she tends to be the only dramatist taking up those issues, which is to her everlasting credit.Read more…

Now running through November 7.

THE OTHER PLACE at The Road on Magnolia

Photo by Michelle Young

Photo by Michelle Young

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Like many plays that deal with our mortality, those about dementia can be extraordinarily affecting. They speak to a loss of self nearly as complete and devastating as our physical demise. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The first glimmer of it comes on a Friday. They’ve flown me to St. Thomas, some private golf resort, I pretend I’m giving a lecture but really it’s another sales pitch, I used to be enthralled by my new life, but the blush has come off the rose.”

Now running through April 11.