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THE CURIOUS SAVAGE at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Photo by Alex Madrid

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Being told “I love you” is nice. But there are more effective ways of expressing love. The characters at the heart of “The Curious Savage” — at Torrance Theatre Co. through April 19 — clearly know this. They, however, are locked up in a sanitarium. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

MRS. PARLIAMENT’S NIGHT OUT at Torrance Theatre Company

Photo by Alex Madrid

Photo by Alex Madrid

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

 Mr. Parliament has forgotten his 32nd wedding anniversary. Big oops? Perhaps not. His faux pas allows his wife the chance for growth and happiness in Norm Foster’s comedy “Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” —
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Now running through February 12.

 

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Torrance Theatre Company

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Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Widely considered the best of writer Neil Simon’s well-made plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs—about a Jewish family in 1930s Brooklyn—has landed in the South Bay through Dec. 19 at Torrance Theater Company. But can this Southern California cast give it that New York zing and Jewish bittersweetness?

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Now running through December 14.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Farce is a difficult form of theater. Torrance Theatre Company is taking it on, in the form of Ray Cooney’s Run for Your Wife. The set here is sturdy, the actors competent. But, under the direction of Gary Robbins, much of the piece is played as if it were a drama. Read more…

 Now running through October 12.

OKLAHOMA! at the James Armstrong Theatre

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Photo by Alex Madrid

Oh, what a beautiful show. From curtain rise to curtain call, this production looks and sounds like a national tour. First produced on Broadway in 1943—with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II—Oklahoma! ushered in the Golden Age of American musicals. Its lush melodies and somewhat serious psychological study make this musical a timeless classic. Read more…

Now running through August 23.

THE LAST ROMANCE at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Photo by Brad La Verne

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Late in their lives, a man and woman meet cute at a New Jersey dog park. He’s an easygoing, teasing but overly friendly chap. She’s a dignified, pretty but fearful gal. “Oh, no,” one thinks. “Don’t let this oil-and-water twosome end up together. They’ll make each other miserable.” Read more…

Now running through June 14.

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Photo by Brad La Verne

 

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

“A movie is cold comfort for a man who loves the theater,” says Alfie Byrne, this musical’s hero. That pretty much sets the tone for the character and for this show. Its major themes will be the making of art and admitting who we are. And the art here will be made by actors who, from star to supporting player, could be working in Hollywood but chose to be onstage in Torrance. Read more…

FUNNY MONEY at the Torrance Theatre Company

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Photo by Brad LaVerne

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

For those who like protracted-lie farces, British playwright Ray Cooney is a master, and this one is a classic. In it, an average Joe weaves a tangled web, which gets unwound some two hours later, minus the intermission. The action is set in 1982 London, where Henry Perkins (Tom Juarez) arrives home from work on the evening of his birthday. In his hand is a briefcase he mistakenly grabbed instead of his own. It contains £735,000 (well over $1 million). Read more…

Now running through February 15.

THE LONG WEEKEND at Torrance Theatre Company

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Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Max and Wynn have bought a beautiful house in the country. They’ve invited Roger and Abby for a weekend visit. The two women are best friends. Their husbands, however, gloomily predict it’s going to be a long weekend. As it turns out, in this Norm Foster play, the consequences of that weekend eventually span two years—two long, soul-searching years. Read more…

Now running through October 12.

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA at the James Armstrong Theatre

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Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

Torrance Theatre Company reportedly twisted itself into a chocolate pretzel to put on this production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The results are worth it.
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Now running through August 17.