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SEPARATE TABLES at Theatre 40

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

In the 1940s and 50s, British playwright Terrence Rattigan was considered an important playwright, scoring successes in both England and the U.S. with The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Separate Tables, and other works.     Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

“Loneliness is a terrible thing, don’t you agree.” That sentiment is expressed by one of the lonely characters in British playwright Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables, a collection of two one-act plays set at the Beauregard Hotel in Bournemouth, England….Read more…

Now running through June 18

SEPARATE BEDS at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

Separate Beds, a relationship comedy by that lacks the absurdity of a farce and the insight of a drama, may stir self-recognition among a few long coupled audience members. (If so, you should get yourself to a marriage counselor right away.) Read more…

Now running through June 19

A SHRED OF EVIDENCE at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Not so much a ‘whodunit’ as a guilty cover-up, Sheriff’s stuffy old mystery A Shred of Evidence plays like a trip back in time to quaint 1950s England.

Sheriff begins with a small action — the switching on of a radio — that completely alters the course of his central character’s life. A morning news report of a nearby fatal hit-and-run accident becomes more than just shocking as Richard Medway struggles to remember the events of the previous night. Read more…

Now running through April 11

TWO SISTERS at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Those of us raised in Jewish families will recall (with a mix of fear and affection) that larger-than-life figure known as the Jewish Grandmother, a towering being known for her boundless love and her connection to a past now lost in the murky fogs of time. Read more…

Now running through February 21

AMERICAN WEE-PIE at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Like the cupcakes in her story, playwright Lisa Dillman’s American Wee-Pie may be too sugary for some palates. It was for mine. Read more…

Now running through April 13.

 

BLONDE POISON at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ron Vignone

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

While it probably isn’t quite accurate to say that performer Salome Jens saved my life, I prefer to believe that it’s true. After an evening and morning of obliterative obsession, attending her one-woman show about Anne Sexton didn’t seem like the most propitious choice under the circumstances, but I already had purchased my ticket.

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Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

Stella Goldschlag (1922–1994) seems a wildly unlikely protagonist for Jewish playwright Gail Louw. Goldschlag was a notorious “Jew catcher” for Hitler’s Gestapo, and it has been estimated that her activities sent 600 to 3,000 Jews to their deaths. She was so efficient at her job that the Gestapo called her “Blonde Poison.” 

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Now running through January 26.

FLARE PATH at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieg

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

In the middle years of the 20th century, Terrence Rattigan (1911-1977) was perhaps England’s most important playwright. (Noel Coward was in a state of temporary eclipse, though he would experience a triumphant resurgence a few years later.) Rattigan specialized in genteel, conventional well-made plays, but his skill and his talent for capturing the flavor of English middle-class life redeemed him. Read more…

Now running through December 14.

THE GAMESTER at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

 

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

A playwright and a well-regarded translator and adapter of Moliere’s work, Freyda Thomas found inspiration for her The Gamester in Le Joueur, a late 17th century play by Jean-Francois Regnard. Read more…

Now playing through August 24.

EDUCATING RITA at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell put it this way: “Ignorance is like a delicate, exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.” Wilde clearly intended this to be fatuous nonsense, and a dig at the intellectual pretensions of the upper middle class. But Frank, the hero of this Willy Russell play, discovers that it’s quite literally true.

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Now running through June 23.

GOD ONLY KNOWS at Theatre 40

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Photo by Ed Krieger

Terry Morgan – Stage Raw

One thing the theater is particularly good at is exploring the ramifications of an argument, be it interpersonal, philosophical or political: Simply look at the works of George Bernard Shaw or David Hare. Hugh Whitemore’s take on the subject of the validity of Christianity or any religion is called God Only Knows. Theatre 40 gives it a terrific American premiere, and although it gets a trifle didactic in Act 2, overall it’s very entertaining and thought-provoking. Read more…

NIGHT WATCH at Theatre 40

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Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA

Prolific playwright Lucille Fletcher is best known for the suspense drama Sorry, Wrong Number—which began life as prizewinning 1948 radio play, starring Agnes Morehead, and in 1950 was made into a film noir that garnered an Oscar nomination for its star, Barbara Stanwyck.
Fletcher’s Night Watch is also a suspense drama, in which nothing is quite what it appears. Elaine Wheeler (Jennifer Lee Laks) is a wealthy heiress who lives with her husband in a posh apartment in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. But she is a chronic insomniac, and during one of her sleepless vigils, standing at her window, she sees something alarming in the supposedly abandoned building across the way. Read more…

Now running through February 24.

KIN at Theatre 40

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The tenacious human need for connection forms the heart of “Kin” at Theatre 40.  Bathsheba Doran’s elliptical 2011 comedy-drama about how familial and personal relationships inform each other in this fragmented world receives a proficient albeit over-attenuated West Coast premiere. Read more…

Now running through October 27.

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