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THE NIGHT FORLORN (OR, WAITIN’ ON GODSFORD) at Theatre West

Gary Kluger

Gary Kluger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Steve Nevil’s “tumbleweed comedy” strives to be both a version of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot set in the American West in 1870, and homage to the film westerns of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah — and to a large extent it succeeds on both counts.
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Now running through April 22

 

THICKER THAN WATER at Theatre West

Photo by Charlie Mount

Photo by Charlie Mount

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

In suburban NYC, the Corelli family business — a construction company — is facing a dire threat. The firm, founded by paterfamilias Dominick (Vincent Palmieri) and henpecked Uncle Albert (David Mingrino), provides employment for Dominick’s elder son Carmine (Johnny Ferretti) and tough-talking butch daughter Marie (Heather Alyse Becker). But Albert’s rich, bossy and generally obnoxious wife Aunt Gertrude (Constance Mellors), has decided the company is lacking in get-up-and-go, and she can do better. She’s going to found a rival construction operation, and use her money and influence to ruin them by taking away their customers. Read more…

 

Now running through March 13  

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 at Theatre West

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Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Playwright John Bishop, a longtime member of New York’s Circle Repertory Theatre, wrote a number of plays and screenplays, among them this comic spoof of manor house murder mysteries. It follows in the tradition of screwball comedies popular in the 1930s and ’40s.  Read more…

Now running through October 18.

VERDIGRIS at Theatre West

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Photo by Charlie Mount

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Theatre West has revived Jim Beaver’s play “Verdigris,” a hit for the company 30 years ago, about a young man’s absorption into an offbeat Oklahoma family in the summer of 1972. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

 

ON THE RAZZLE at Theatre West

Photo by Charlie Mount

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

The name Johan Nestroy looms large in German-language theatre, but it probably doesn’t mean much to American theatre-goers, though perhaps it should: One of his plays, Einen Jux will er sich machen (He Wants to Go on a Spree), provided the basic plot for Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers, later developed into the hit comedy The Matchmaker, and finally into the musical Hello, Dolly! (The character of the wily matchmaker Dolly Levi was lifted, with embellishments, from Moliere’s The Miser.) Read more…

Now running through November 2.

AGAINST THE WALL at Theatre West

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Photo by Charlie Mount

Theatre West’s “Writers in Rep” program provides a great opportunity for playwrights, giving two new plays a repertory slot in the season. These are coveted full productions that spotlight new works. Unfortunately, one of these plays, Charlie Mount’s Against The Wall, a comedy about comedians, doesn’t fulfill its humorous promise. I laughed only twice in two hours.

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Now running through June 22.

THE PETRIFIED FOREST at Theatre West

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In Robert E. Sherwood’s 1934 play, The Petrified Forest, a world-weary writer, Alan Squier (skillfully etched by John DeMita), happens into a remote café in the Arizona desert, and in the space of a few short hours has stirred the eternal ardor of the café owner’s starry-eyed daughter, Gabby (Leona Britton) – or so she thinks. By the time the play wraps up, Gabby’s passion has been requited with an ultimate sacrifice.  Read more…

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS at Theatre West

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Suitable for the kindergarten set, writer Scott Martin’s benign adaptation of the classic children’s story features Caitlin Gallogly as a friendly and cherished little girl, whose mom (Bonnie Kalisher) just isn’t a good cook. Searching for adventure, the tyke stumbles upon the three bears’ habitat and, after sampling their food and furniture, makes off with the recipe for Mama Bear’s delicious porridge
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Photo by Thomas Mikusz

 

Now running through March 1.

A SHORT STAY AT CARRANOR at Theatre West

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Photo by Thomas Mikusz

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

At last, a play with two lead roles for actors able to pass for 70-year-olds. More particularly, those actors here look romantically attractive enough to sweep the audience into the love story of Irene and Chet, whose relationship has been thwarted since Irene was 16.
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Now running through September 29.