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MARTHA at the Whitefire Theatre

(Photo by Charles Dougherty)

(Photo by Charles Dougherty)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham has become an almost mythical figure. She was remarkably prolific, creating 181 dances over the course of her career and dancing into her 70s (though sometimes she lurched a bit during her later years). Read more…

Now running through May 28

NICE IRANIAN GIRL at the Whitefire Theatre

Photo by Merik Tadros)

Photo by Merik Tadros

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

Nice Iranian Girl, Layla Rumi (a.k.a. Layla Kaleigh)’s one-woman show at the Whitefire Theatre, feels half-baked. The 50-minute monologue, which plays weekly in Sherman Oaks as part of Whitefire’s Solofest, follows Rumi from her early years growing up in Tehran to 2009, when her daughter was born in Los Angeles. Read more…

Now running through February  11

 

SANTASIA at the Whitefire Theatre

Photo by Michael Duisenberg

Photo by Michael Duisenberg

Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

The creators of Santasia, Shaun and Brandon Loeser, have been serving up their particular brand of zany, snarky holiday cheer for 16 years —this year makes 17 — but time hasn’t mellowed them and they haven’t lost their edge. Read more…

Now running through December 25

FATHER, SON AND HOLY COACH at the Whitefire Theatre

Photo by Rainy Night Films

Photo by Rainy Night Films

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

It’s a little difficult to get a fix on writer-performer John Posey’s solo show Father, Son & Holy Coach, which first premiered in 1993 at The Santa Monica Playhouse. Is it a true story? Is it about a real person? No and yes (I think). Although voicing numerous characters throughout the episodic piece, Posey narrates from the perspective of the central character Johnny Sandford, a small town football hero during the 1980s. The setting is a tight-knit Southern town in Tupelo County, Georgia, where “football was more of a life here – it was a religion.” Read more…

Now running through August 30.

MISERABLE WITH AN OCEAN VIEW at the Whitefire Theatre

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Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Howard Skora’s zany dark comedy, directed by Jim Fall, stars veteran actress Patty McCormack (who is well-remembered as an 11-year-old Oscar nominee, playing a murderous moppet in the classic 1956 thriller The Bad Seed). Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Howard Skora’s black farce is constructed like a TV sitcom, but it’s snarkier, darker, gayer, zanier, more surreal, more outrageous — and certainly funnier — than most television fare. Read more…

Now running through July 18.

DATING IN L.A. WITH NO NIPPLES at the Whitefire Theatre

Photo courtesy of Lisa David

Photo courtesy of Lisa David

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Lisa David is so likable, and her autobiographical show so ingenuous and inspiring, that you can readily forgive its extended length and lack of polish.   Read more…

Now running through Nov. 5.

 

FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON at the Whitefire Theatre

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Daniel Keyes’ now classic sci-fi story about a mentally challenged man whose IQ skyrockets after a surgical procedure tackles not only how we treat disabled individuals but how ephemeral are those intangible values — love, life, respect — that we cherish.

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Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

There are two plays going on in Deaf West’s production of Flowers for Algernon. First, there’s the play you expect, the story of intellectually disabled Charlie, who undergoes a surgical procedure which increases his intelligence and, ultimately, following some intensive therapy and education, renders him a genius. The play follows Charlie’s successes and struggles. We see how Charlie realizes that his workmates, who he thought were his friends, had mocked him when he was less intelligent than they were, and feared him when he became more intelligent. Read more…

Now playing through November 3.

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GREEKS 6 — TROJANS 5 at the Whitefire Theatre

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Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Drawing on the traditions of ancient Greek comedy (masks, songs, a giant phallus) Chuck Faerber’s mildly amusing farce is a zany rendition of the siege of Troy by a crack team of dimwits. Ten years into the Trojan war, the Greeks are still anxious to retrieve their abducted Helen from the impenetrable fortress city of Troy. A scheme involving a massive wooden horse is set into motion. Unfortunately, its hapless crew lacks a clue.
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Now running through September 8.

Belz! The Jewish Vaudeville Musical, Whitefire Theatre

Photo credit: Levon Parian.

 

Belz! The Jewish Vaudeville Musical by Pavel Cerny.

 

Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly

An ersatz cross between Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret, writer and director Pavel Cerny’s 1979 show enjoyed a successful 1984 run at the now defunct Callboard Theatre. But like the Callboard, the show’s best days may be behind it.   Read more…