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TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Gina Long

Gina Long

Frances Baum Nicholson –The Stage Struck Review

In Mitch Albom’s memoir “Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson,” Albom details his mid-life reconnection with a favorite Brandeis sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz.
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Now running through March 31

CANYON at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Dean Cechvala

Dean Cechvala

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Ask any real estate agent: People love a view. We’ll go out of our way — and far above asking price — for an elevated perch with a sweeping panorama. A view makes us feel at peace and in control. Maybe it’s the same rush our forebears got when they surveyed their hard-won territory from the treetops.
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Now running through March 24

NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY at Waco Theater Center

LeReef Photography

LeReef Photography

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Charles Gordone’s smoldering drama aptly encapsulates the protest, violence and tumultuous change seen in America’s urban cities in the 1960s. The play debuted off-Broadway in 1969, garnering Gordone a Pulitzer in 1970, the first win by an African-American playwright.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Charles Gordone’s 1969 No Place To Be Somebody has the distinction of being the first play written by an African-American playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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Now running through March 9

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON at The Wallis-Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Kevin Parry

Kevin Parry

Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

Remember the joy of being a kid and spending hours upon hours acting out stories using whatever you could find? When two sticks stood in for a swordfight to save the day or a towel became the mantle of a king? That’s what it feels like watching PigPen Theatre Co. in THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON at The Wallis.
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Now running through March 17

LADCC To Honor Yvonne Bell with New Theater Angel Award

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) is delighted to announce its inaugural Theater Angel award, which will be presented to Yvonne Bell at the 2019 LADCC Awards Ceremony on April 8, 2019, at Pasadena Playhouse.

The LADCC was established in 1969 “to foster and reward merit in the American theater and encourage theater in Los Angeles,” according to an announcement in the Los Angeles Times on June 7 of that year. To commemorate its golden anniversary, the LADCC is planning a festive 50th Anniversary Awards Show.

In addition to presenting awards for the year 2018 (all nominees and Special Award winners were previously announced), the LADCC will take the opportunity to look back over the theatrical landscape of Los Angeles over the past half-century: highlights, low lights and degrees of luminosity in between.

Artists, producers and critics are essential to a flourishing theatrical ecosystem; but without sufficient funds, none of them can find a foothold. Sorting through memorabilia and re-encountering past productions has revealed to the Circle just how much the LA theater community owes to those who work behind the scenes to bring its visions to life. The LADCC’s Theater Angel award is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the generosity and advocacy of these often unsung benefactors.

In a long career devoted to fostering theater in Los Angeles, Yvonne Bell has led successful fundraising campaigns and helped open several cultural institutions, including The Museum of Contemporary Art and the California Science Center.

For the past 20 years, she has served as the Director of Development for Center Theatre Group and was promoted to Director of Institutional Advancement in 2017. Under her leadership, Center Theatre Group has almost tripled its annual fund from $4.4 million in 2000 to $12.5 million, opened the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2004 and successfully navigated the transition to a new artistic director.

Some of the theaters she has advised, directed contributions to or otherwise supported include Couerage Theatre Company, Echo Theater Company, the Fountain Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Critical Mass Performance Group, Celebration Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company, The Robey Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre Company and Antaeus Theatre Company.

It is the LADCC’s great honor to name Yvonne Bell its first Theater Angel. The award will be presented at the ceremony. A VIP pre-show reception will be held before the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in The Library, Pasadena Playhouse’s Member Lounge. VIP tickets, which include wine, champagne and appetizers at the reception, and VIP seating for the subsequent ceremony, cost $125 per person and can be purchased HERE.

Standard general admission tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased HERE (a small service fee applies) or at the door if available.

All purchased tickets will be held at Will Call. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show reception in the courtyard. The show will commence at 7:30 p.m. Nominees will receive instructions via email regarding how to claim complimentary tickets.
Inquiries to: criticsawards2019@gmail.com.

Click Here for a list of the 2019 LADCC award nominees

Click Here for a list of Special Award winners

CATS at the Pantages Theatre

Matthew Murphy

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Do you invent a new cuss word every time your phone insists you install a slight update? Do you glare at products in the grocery store whose labels boast “improved” when you know they’re not.

Chances are, then, you’ll feel the same about this “new Broadway production” of “Cats,” in its national tour, currently stalking across the stage and up the aisles of Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre.
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Ellen Dostal – Broadway World

Without a doubt, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical CATS is of an era. Based on one of Lloyd Webber’s favorite books as a child, T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, it was a perfect vehicle for the tastes of theatre lovers in the eighties, the decade of excess.
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Now running through April 14

HYPE MAN at the Fountain Theatre

Ed Krieger

Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

Playwright Idris Goodwin delves into the thorny issue of race in America with this incisive three-character play about two longtime friends whose artistic partnership is shattered after they fall out over the police shooting of a black teen. Touching on white privilege and the co-opting of hip-hop by commercial interests, it’s an imperfect but potentially compelling work, sabotaged by directorial missteps that render this production a disappointment.
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Now running through April 14

THE JUDAS KISS at Boston Court Pasadena

Jenny Graham

Jenny Graham

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The human desire for love is one of the main glues that holds the world together — along, of course, with greed, the lust for power and chocolate. Without love, there would be no rom-coms, no Valentine’s Day industry, and significantly less adorable tots bopping about.
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Frances Baum Nicholson –The Stage Struck Review

One of the tragic tales to come from the criminalization of homosexuality in Britain has always been the story of Oscar Wilde, the celebrated, flamboyant author and playwright whose great fame turned into great scandal, imprisonment, and self-imposed exile.
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Now running through March 24

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT FROM ANIMALS at Atwater Village Theatre

Meredith  Adelaide

Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen

In How We’re Different From Animals, a world premiere play based on short stories by Miranda July, there is one common theme—romance. Romance is, after all, how July argues we are different from animals.
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Now running through March 24