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Archive for April 2016

SECOND SKIN at the Annenberg Beach House

Photo by Sam Hunter

Photo by Sam Hunter

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

A ghost story around the campfire on the beach: It seems like such a natural fit, you almost wonder why you haven’t seen this sort of thing before. But director Kate Jopson’s compelling site specific production of Kristin Idaszak’s moody drama, set a few yards from the thundering surf at twilight on the beach in front of the Annenberg Beach House, is a spectacle that eerily and profoundly mixes the timelessness of a campfire story with the intimacy of therapy session. Read more…

Now running through May 15


Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Love, muses Richard Cabral during the opening moments of his autobiographical solo show, means different things to different people, and can even be something different for any one person at different stages in his or her life. Cabral’s perception of love as a young boy, he tells his audience, differed from how he experienced it as a gang member, and then as a prison inmate — and still later as the man he is now. Read more…

Now running through May 8

THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE – Not Man Apart/Highways Performance Space


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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

Schrödinger’s cat has been in the local theatrical zeitgeist of late. It was used to symbolize the interlocked statuses of life and death in Dirt (which just closed at the Raven Playhouse) and is even more central in Aaron Hendry’s The Superhero and His Charming Wife, a production by the Not Man Apart theater group. Read more…

Now running through May 15

ELECTRICITY at Two Roads Theatre


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Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Gary (playwright Terry Ray) and Brad (Kevin Scott Allen) are sort of a gay odd couple. Gary is a 28-year-old gay virgin, nerdy and prim, who thinks his homosexuality is a deep dark secret, though everyone at his school refers to him as gay Gary. Read more…

Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

Sparks fly when two gay high school classmates from Ohio reunite in a motel room at four class reunions, between 1983 and 2013. Read more…

Now running through May 22

THE FULL MONTY – 3-D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

“Anybody can take their clothes off. But to do it on a stage, with thousands and thousands of people looking at you? That takes something.” Read more…

Now running through May 8


A SINGULAR THEY at the Blank Theatre


Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

An astonishingly edgy, timely and sensitive drama by Aliza Goldsmith, A Singular They is making its world premiere at the Blank Theatre — and what a singular play it is. Read more…

Now running through May 1


MY MAÑANA COMES at the Fountain Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Immigration issues are bandied about in political discourse in the media every day, but the lives of kitchen workers and janitors and fruit pickers are rarely brought to the stage. Kudos to New York-based playwright Elizabeth Irwin for doing just that. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

The workplace, where so many of us spend so much time, offers a rich trove of subjects for playwrights eager to move away from the dysfunctional family. As “The Office” suggested on TV, even the most pedestrian employee breakroom can roil with enough intrigue and folly to make the House of Borgia look tame. Read more…

Now running through June 26


Photo by Paul R. Rubenstein

Photo by Paul R. Rubenstein

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright Charles A. Duncombe’s drama is ostensibly a riff on the play Othello. It’s not an adaptation, mind you, because the structure and plot digress wildly from the Shakespearean original — but it is a work involving some of the same themes with basically the same set of characters.   Read more…

Now running through May 28



Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

In her intriguing solo-drama, writer-performer Stacie Chaiken plays archeologist Sally Jenkins, who specializes in the study of ancient DNA. As she says, “It’s easy to extract the whole gene from soft tissue, but there is never soft tissue in ancient burials. I’ve managed to replicate the material I need from infinitesimal bits of really old bone.”Read more…

Now running through May 1

PHRAZZLED at Theatre of NOTE


Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Phrazzled, by writer/director Phinneas Kiyomura, is a smart character-driven satire that takes aim at the underside of television production. Yes, the terrain is familiar, with the usual suspects — falsehood, greed, betrayal — driving the plot. But Kiyomura, a long time local theater artist who’s also written for television, ventures beyond the mechanics of shady showbiz…Read more…

Now running through May 21

STAGE KISS at the Geffen Playhouse



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Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

More than any contemporary playwright who comes to mind, Sarah Ruhl’s characters inhabit worlds wholly her own. Even when she adopts a historical setting, as with In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), her lyrical sensibility fashions heightened realities, where a house of string or a dead man’s perpetually ringing cellphone seem natural. Read more…

Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania

Stage Kiss, now featured at the Geffen Playhouse, offers both belly laughs and belly aches. Many zingers leave audiences gasping for air between chortles, but the play feels empty because of sketchy characterizations and a fuzzy interpretation of Shakespeare’s frequently quoted, “All the world is a stage.” Read more…

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Sarah Ruhl’s insular comedy is set in the world of the theater. Act One begins with an audition then sees its way through to opening night. Act Two follows our leading pair and the aftermath of their off-stage love affair. Stage Kiss is chock full of in-jokes and ‘theaterly’ sight gags and business, but none of it proves all that funny. Read more…

Now running through May 15

SISTER ACT at Musical Theatre West


Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Mix mobsters, doctrinarians, disco and polyester, and the last thing this farrago should produce is a story about finding one’s blissful true self. But somehow the musical “Sister Act” does just that, particularly in the hands of Musical Theatre West, under Michael Matthews’ direction.   Read more…

Shirle Gottlieb – Stage Happenings

Following the knock-out production of “West Side Story,”  Musical Theatre West has done it again! “Sister Act” is another smash hit, with all performances during the opening weekend entirely sold out!  Take a hint: The run is so short (it ends April 24); so if you want to see “Sister Act,” you should call the box office immediately.  Read more…

Now running through April  24