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Archive for January 2016 – Page 2

DEATHTRAP at the Sierra Madre Playhouse



Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Playwright Ira Levin’s Deathtrap became the longest-running thriller in Broadway history, playing for nearly four years — topped only by the London production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which seems destined to run forever. And Levin’s other works are not to be sneezed at: they include such trifles as Rosemary’s Baby, A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys From Brazil. Read more…

Now running through February 20

1984 at the Broad Stage


Photo by Ben Gibbs

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

A chilling stage adaptation of Orwell’s novel 1984 is now playing at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica through February 6. This adaptation,  written and directed  by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, highlights today’s serious issues of state-sponsored surveillance, identity and intrusions into our privacy.     Read more…

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Another day, another show brought to us from across the pond or the continent, borne upon the wings of great reviews. It’s distressingly common, unfortunately, for L.A. producers to import a play that has garnered plaudits in New York or London only for local audiences to discover how bewilderingly wrong those critics were. The new adaptation of George Orwell’s1984 by the Headlong theatre company has a few moments of creative direction, but overall it’s a turgid, baffling disappointment.     Read more…

Now running through  February 6.

THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO at South Coast Repertory


Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The charm of Sandra Tsing Loh — or of any successful comedian and satirist for that matter — lies in the ability to transform commonplace yet intensely private experiences into performance material that is entertaining, enlightening and, for some viewers perhaps, cathartic. Read more…

Now running through January 24.

ACT 3 at the Laguna Playhouse

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

The U.S. premiering Act 3 is the story of a couple of a certain age who have been together for nearly 13 years without benefit of marriage. They have been married before, but not to each other. Things are getting monotonous and stale, so something needs to happen to liven up the action.   Read more…

Now running through January 30


LOUIS AND KEELY: ‘LIVE’ AT THE SAHARA at the Geffen Playhouse

Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse

Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Vintage nightclub artistry ignites palpable frissons around the Geffen Playhouse, where “Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara” has sailed back in triumph. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

A hit at Sacred Fools back in 2008, Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara proved to have legs; it’s been picked up and revamped several times over prior to its current production at the Geffen Playhouse. Read more…

Now running through January 17.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at the Pantages Theatre


Les Spindle –  Edge on the Net

Writer-director Woody Allen’s memorable 1994 film comedy“Bullets Over Broadway” served up a touch of vintage Billy Wilder (a la “Some Like It Hot” and “One, Two, Three”) driven by Allen’s trademark genius for mixing a farcical story with darker elements and trenchant humor. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

How seriously do you take your art? Would you kill for it? Literally?

Those are the questions that animate “Bullets Over Broadway,” Woody Allen‘s delicious cinematic parable about the struggle between creative greatness and human goodness. The backstage thriller, released in 1994, seems tailor-made for Broadway. You’d think the title would have caught producers’ eyes long ago as they trolled Netflix for material. Read more…

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

My Depression-era dad and his brothers were proud possessors of BB guns, but targets were few and far between in the Bronx at that time, neighborhood cats being off limits and tin cans in particularly high demand.

So they chose to conduct target practice on a whole slew of vintage 78 RPM pop recordings: Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo, Sophie Tucker and other luminaries of the vaudeville and legit stages. (“They suited the purpose,” my father reported dryly, and he confessed to a particular frisson of pleasure when a Rudy Vallee number was tossed in the air.) Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Instead of heading to the Pantages over the next few weeks for the national tour of the musical “Bullets Over Broadway,” you could stay home and Netflix Woody Allen’s 1994 film. But you’d miss a handful of lively performances, William Ivey Long’s magnificent costumes, and nearly two dozen American standards played by a superb pit band and sung with verve. Read more…

Now running through January 24.