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Archive for Torrance Theatre Company

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at the James Armstrong Theatre

 Miguel  Elliot

Miguel Elliot

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Picture an organization of white men, led by those who don’t exactly function on the highest ethical standards. They hire based on similarities to themselves. They’re served by a platoon of women, yet the men need to be taught how to speak to and behave with the women. The gals, however, are not without their own sets of machinations. Read more…

Now running through August 25

ALMOST, MAINE at the Torrance Theatre Company

Miguel Elliot

Miguel Elliot

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

It can be done. A director can take relatively ordinary material and, with the help of adept designers and a committed cast, turn it into extraordinary theater.
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Now running through April 15

 

CHARLEY’S AUNT at Torrance Theatre Company

Miguel Elliot

Miguel Elliot

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

How ironic that the nation that once banned women from acting on the stage found it hilarious a few centuries later to see a man onstage in a woman’s dress. But irony is a large part of British humor.
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Now running through February 18

 

ALL MY SONS at the Torrance Theatre Company

(Photo by Miguel Elliot)

(Photo by Miguel Elliot)

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Arthur Miller’s classic “All My Sons” opened on Broadway in January 1947, but it still feels relatable, thought-provoking and moving in its revival at Torrance Theatre Company.
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Now running through October 15

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN at Torrance Theatre

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Photo by Lucy McDonald

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Sticks and stones can break our bones, but words hurt more, in Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” The sticks and stones are wielded by these all-too-human characters… Read more…

Now running through April 23

THE GREAT KOOSHOG LAKE HOLLIS MCCAULEY FISHING DERBY at Torrance Theatre Company

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Torrance Theatre Company’s latest offering is another charmer from Canadian playwright Norm Foster. “The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby” shows the city dweller in all of us that small-town folk have all the wisdom we could hope for but perhaps none of petty stresses we cling to.  Read more...

Now running through February 19

 

THE 39 STEPS at the Torrance Theatre Company

Photo courtesy Torrance Theatre Company)

Photo courtesy Torrance Theatre Company)

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Richard Hannay is world-weary. At 37 years old, returning to prewar London after traveling, he fears there’s nothing left of life. Suddenly remembering the one place that could brighten his outlook, he dashes out — and heads to the theater. Read more…

Now running through April 17

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Photo by Alex Madrid

 Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Three of the four names in the title of Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” sound familiar, right? The three are characters in classic Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s plays. Spike? Not so much. Read more…

Now running through February 14

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS at the Torrance Theatre Company

Photo by Alex Madrid

Photo by Alex Madrid

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

It’s 1935, and Mrs. Abramowitz’s 12-year-old daughter has been cast as Jesus in her school’s Christmas pageant. Oy. So goes Coney Island Christmas, Torrance Theatre Company’s holiday season offering, written by Donald Margulies based on Grace Paley’s short story “The Loudest Voice.” Read more…

Now running through December 13.

 

 

ONE SLIGHT HITCH at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Photo by Michelle Browning

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Lewis Black is the standup comedian who delivers prodding rants punctuated by his crooked and wriggling index fingers. He’s rather genius, assuming one agrees with his views.
He has written handfuls of plays, too, and his One Slight Hitch is in production at Torrance Theatre Company through Oct. 11. “If my name weren’t on it, nobody would know that I wrote this play,” he is quoted as saying. Read more…

Now running through October 11.

HAIRSPRAY at the James Armstrong Theatre

Photo by Alex Madrid

Photo by Alex Madrid

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Thank goodness we’re not living in the 1960s, when racism was at a peak, women were shamed for being overweight, and men with poofy lacquered hair and big mouths grabbed huge TV ratings.

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Now running through August 16.

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at the Torrance Theatre Company

Photo by Alex Madrid

Photo by Alex Madrid

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

So, Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar.

In this tiny bar in Paris in 1904, they begin to ponder what the 20th century might be like. They suspect their individual contributions will change the world. Read more…

Now running through June 14.