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The Whale, South Coast Repertory

Photo by Scott Brinegar/SCR.

Photo by Scott Brinegar/SCR.


The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter.


Deborah Klugman – ArtsBeatLA

In Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, Charlie (Matthew Arkin) an obese gay man confronting his own mortality reaches out to the daughter he walked out on years ago. Like Hunter’s play A Bright New Boise (produced to justifiable acclaim last year by Rogue Artists in Los Angeles), this drama is set in Idaho, and centers on one troubled man’s quest to connect with lost kin, and secondarily on a younger man’s overwhelming desire to connect with God.
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The Beaux’ Stratagem, A Noise Within

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photo by Craig Schwartz.



The Beaux’ Strategem  Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of George Farquhar’s 18th century farce.


Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig both contributed to this adaptation of George Farquhar’s early-18th-century comedy, which touches on the tribulations of the unhappily married and the moral shortcomings of the privileged classes. The story features two penniless rapscallions, Jack (Blake Ellis) and Tom (Freddy Douglas), who set out to seduce rich ladies in order to gain control of their fortunes. Read more...



Snapshot, Greenway Arts



Snapshot by Mitzi Sinnott.


Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Mitzi Sinnott was not yet born when her African-American father was drafted to fight in Vietnam. Like many soldiers, he returned a shattered man haunted by guilt and unable to emotionally connect with his wife and daughter. First performed in 2004, Sinnott’s solo show juxtaposes family history and her experience as a person of mixed-race heritage with her attempts to locate and reconnect with her vanished dad.   Read more...



Orange Flower Water, Creative Collection Production

Photo credit Keith Myers.


Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright.


Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

In Craig Wright’s 80-minute domestic drama, a pair of mid-western married couples face the dissolution of their respective marriages. David and Cathy Calhoun (Jeff Denton and Leslie Liberman) and Brad and Beth Youngquist (Mick Thyer and Sarah Ann Schultz) have been friends for a few years before David comes to the realization that he and Beth have been married to the wrong people, instigating an adulterous affair.    Read more…



Billy & Ray, Falcon Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.


Billy & Ray by Mike Bencivenga.


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Boasting a superb clowny performance by Kevin Blake as Hollywood filmmaker Billy Wilder, Billy & Ray 
is a light comedy about the making of the groundbreaking motion picture Double Indemnity. Mike Bencivenga’s enjoyable new play is currently running at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake. A producer at Paramount Studios, Joseph Sistrom (Anthony Starke), has just purchased to rights to James M. Cain’s sordid novella Double Indemnity, based on a sensational real-life murder case from 1927. He’s desperate to oversee the making of a hit movie, or risk losing his job. But the studio needs to pass the stringent codes imposed by the Hays Office censors… No sex, no depiction or murder or violence and no dead bodies. A pretty tall order for a slice of crime ‘fiction…’ With its chiaroscuro lighting and tough dialogue, Double Indemnity went on to become the benchmark against which all subsequent film noir movies were compared.   Read more…



Neverwhere, Sacred Fools Theatre Company

Photo by Jessica Sherman.


Neverwhere by Robert Kauzlaric, adapted from the novel written by Neil Gaiman.


Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

After assisting a distraught and injured woman named Door (Paula Rhodes), a milquetoast office worker named Richard (Bryan Bellomo) embarks on a journey that draws him into a fantastical subterranean world that lies beneath London. Neil Gaiman’s Wizard of Oz-esque story promises a magical subculture of strange characters, terrifying beasts and exciting twists and turns, but director Scott Leggett’s disappointing production delivers a meandering fairytale of a series of myth-like quests that lack tension or genuine threat.  Read more…




Terry Morgan – LAist

Over the years I’ve come to respect Sacred Fools Theater Company as one of the most adventurous theatre groups in town. Its history is full of big shows that seem too ambitious for the space and financial means, but time and again the company triumphs, from shows such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Gorey Stories in the past to Watson and Stoneface in the present. They’ve done it again with Neverwhere, a big-canvas fantasy that, while rough around the edges, still preserves the charm and magic of Neil Gaiman’s novel.   Read more…



Dreamgirls, DOMA Theatre Company

Photo: Michael Lamont.


Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger.


David C. Nichols – L.A. Times

Reviewing the 1981 premiere of “Dreamgirls,” critic Frank Rich wrote, “When Broadway history is being made, you can feel it.” To paraphrase him, when Equity-waiver history is being made, it can feel you.  Read more…



The Nether, Center Theatre Group

Photo by Craig Schwartz.


The Nether by Jennifer Haley.


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

A creepy, futuristic mystery drama, Jennifer Haley’s The Nether starts off in a grey interrogation room starkly lit by neon lighting, but soon gets very complicated indeed. It transpires that a man named Sims (Robert Joy) is being held for questioning regarding a virtual crime. That is to say, crimes that were perpetrated in a virtual realm of his creation. Is he being held for the crimes or for clandestinely creating a lucrative offshore business? His highly interactive digital site, called “The Hideaway,” is a secret and encrypted realm; a popular retreat where paying users can indulge their fantasies of sex and violence with minors while preserving their anonymity. Everything from sounds, smells and touch have been lovingly (and creepily) recreated.   Read more…



Photo Essay — 44th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards evening

The entire nineteen-member troupe of Chance Theater’s West Side Story recreate “The Rumble.”


A splendid time was had by all who attended the 44th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards event. A group of professional theater critics, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC), annually gives awards for excellence in theater.

The 44th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony took place Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Home-grown productions handily held their own against touring fare at the 44th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, presented at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on Monday night.

Photos by Jayne Calucag.

Here follows a photo essay of some of the awards presenters, winners and performers:


The 44th Annual Awards ceremony was hosted by theater and TV star French Stewart.


Awards chair and Variety critic Bob Verini.



Bonnie Bailey-Reed (L) and Anne Gee Byrd accept the award for ensemble for The Savannah Disputation.


Celebration Theatre receives the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence. Managing director Michael O’Hara, co-artistic directors Michael Matthews and Michael Shepperd, and former artistic director John Michael Beck.


Alan Mandell, one of the winners for lead actor, for his performance in Waiting for Godot.


Career achievement winner and set designer Stephen Gifford presenting with LAist critic Terry Morgan.


Artistic director of Pasadena Playhouse, Sheldon Epps presents awards to design recipients.



Troy Kotsur signs as he receives his award for lead performance in Cyrano.


Casey Kramer, Tim Cummings, Becky Zajko, and Lisa Pelikan receive the Ensemble award for their work in The New Electric Ballroom.


Fight choreographers Kelly Todd and David McCormick accept the award for the fight sequences in “West Side Story.”


Artistic director of Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie, accepts a special award for an excellent season.


John Iacovelli accepts his award for set design for Waiting for Godot.