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Archive for April 2015 – Page 3

BREAK OF NOON at City Garage

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In Break of Noon, Neil LaBute departs from his typical preoccupation with gender warfare and builds a story around the sole survivor of a mass murder, who claims to have heard God. Read more…

Now running through May 10.

2014 Awards – photos

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Director Chris Fields, playwright Tommy Smith and cast of Firemen

Bob Verini and Rebecca Grey

Bob Verini and Rebecca Grey

 

Marja Lewis-Ryan, awardee playwright for One in the Chamber

Marja Lewis-Ryan, awardee playwright for One in the Chamber

 

 

Guillermos  Cienfuegos, winner for best direction, Henry V

Guillermos Cienfuegos, winner for best direction, Henry V

 

 

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Michael Michetti accepting the writing award for Aaron Posner for Stupid Fucking BIrd, and playwright Tommmy Smith, winner for his play Firemen

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Producer Gary Grossman and LADCC recipient Robin Larsen

Producer Gary Grossman and LADCC recipient Robin Larsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Erika Soto, Nikhil Pai, Melissa Chalsma, David Melville and one other from the Independent Shakespeare Company

Erika Soto, Nikhil Pai, Melissa Chalsma, David Melville and one other from the Independent Shakespeare Company

 

 

 

Lori Thimsen of Samuel French and playwright Sheila Calaghan, Schmitt award winner

Lori Thimsen of Samuel French and playwright Sheila Calaghan, Schmitt award winner

 

Tyler Pierce, awardee for Everything You Touch

Tyler Pierce, awardee for Everything You Touch

 

Ian Bamberg, awardee for lead performance in Firemen

Ian Bamberg, awardee for lead performance in Firemen

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Jenny Foldenhauer

Jenny Foldenhauer, winner for best costumes in Everything You Touch

Christopher Rose, Johnny Thompson an Thom Rubino from SCR's The Tempest

Christopher Rose, Johnny Thompson an Thom Rubino from SCR’s The Tempest

OF GOOD STOCK at South Coast Repertory

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Photo by Debora Robinson

Margaret Gray – LA Times

South Coast Repertory’s generosity to new playwrights has a fairy godmother-like charm. The company commissioned a play from the relatively unknown writer Melissa Ross and has mounted a lavish, gorgeous world premiere production of it. Read more…

Now running through April 26.

SISTER at Theatre Theater

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Sister opens on a dark bare stage, its single set piece being a plain white toilet, the kind you find in rundown apartments. The story takes place in a crummier section of Hollywood. We learn about that when the main character Denise (Erica Gimpel) directs a trick to her residence, in the vicinity of Western Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. There’s even a scene where the anxious john stops in at the local El Pollo Loco for a quick bite before proceeding to the rendezvous. Read more…

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BLOOD at Theatre Theater

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Writer-director Michael Phillip Edwards drew inspiration for his spooky comedy Blood from a Jamaican storyteller he knew in childhood, a man named Parsons, whose wild tales mixed moral imperative, ominous foreboding and pitch-black humor.Read more…

Now running through May 30.

 

VIRGIN at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Photo by Kristin Lau

Photo by Kristin Lau

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

This one-woman show, written, performed and co-directed by Alyson Renaldo (with Chris deCarlo) may be about virginity, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of sex. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

 

 

 

This one-woman show, written, performed and co-directed by Alyson Renaldo (with Chris deCarlo) may be about virginity, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of sex.

DUNSINANE at the Wallis Annenberg Center

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KPO Photo

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright David Grieg’s compelling drama is a sequel of sorts to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Given that just about everyone is dead at the end of Shakespeare’s play, one could well ask “what on earth can happen in a sequel to Macbeth?”  Do the Three Witches move on down to Fort Lauderdale to get a condo together?  Read more…

Now running through April 5.

 

NEWSIES at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

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Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

A good rule of thumb for movie-to-musical adaptations is—and this isn’t original with me; I’ve heard it from many of my buddies in the tuner biz—if you’re dealing with a great movie, do something to keep it great, but do so in a distinctly different way.  Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Unbridled zeal and nonstop zest propel “Newsies” in Hollywood. The North American tour of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman and Harvey Fierstein’s adaptation of the 1992 film about the Manhattan newspaper boys’ strike of 1899 sailed into the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, and the walls may still be vibrating as you read this. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

 

JULIUS CAESAR at A Noise Within

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Margaret Gray – LA Times

A Noise Within’s new production of “Julius Caesar” has plenty of style. Or rather, plenty of styles: bold but random design elements that compete for attention with the substance.

Now running through May 8.

 

AMERICAN WEE-PIE at Theatre 40

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Like the cupcakes in her story, playwright Lisa Dillman’s American Wee-Pie may be too sugary for some palates. It was for mine. Read more…

Now running through April 13.