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MOUSETRAP at Crown City Theatre


Frances Baum Nicholson – The Daily Breeze

Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” has been running, interrupted, in London’s West End since 1952, making it the longest-running play in the English language anywhere in the world.

With that kind of longevity (66 years and counting), traditions and tales are inevitable. A favorite story, perhaps apocryphal, says that taxi drivers taking patrons to see “The Mousetrap” in London will reward stingy tippers by shouting out the murderer’s name as the playgoers exit the cab.
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Now running through

NOSFERATU at Crown City Theatre


Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In Nosferatu, adapter/director Bill Reilly’s musical stage adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 horror film classic, the bodies pile up swiftly, felled at the hands (or should I say teeth) of the title character, the remorselessly bloodthirsty Count Orlok (Michelle Holmes). Read more…

Now running through October 31

THE FANTASTICKS at Crown City Theatre


Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Known as the world’s longest-running musical (Off-Broadway from 1960-2002), this fanciful fable by composer Now running thhrough June 5 is widely considered a gem. Alternating whimsy, Shakespearean-flavored romance, slapstick and slightly darker elements, the simple love story has a classical feel.   Read more…

Now running through June 5

NUNSENSE at Crown City Theatre


Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

If you’re looking for a fun holiday show that’s free of both sentimentality and Christmas propaganda, the folks at Crown City Theatre have obligingly provided one. Read more…

Now running through January 17.

LIGATURE MARKS at Crown CIty Theatre

Photo by Alice Reyes

Photo by Alice Reyes

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

People who play virtual reality games might have a readier appreciation of the unanticipated twists in Mac Rogers’ play than those of us who don’t. It’s hard to say. Read more…

Now running through March 7.

Company, Crown City Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger.


Company by Stephen Sondheim.


Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Stephen Sondheim composed the lyrics and score to his innovative “concept musical” in 1970, with book by George Furth. For a comedy musical about love, it proves resolutely unromantic and honest. And, surprisingly, its acerbic wit and laser-like scrutiny of marriage, dating and relationships does not feel at all dated. Director Albert Marr’s incorporation of cellphones and Facebook effortlessly adds a contemporary feel.  Read more…