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Archive for Hudson Mainstage Theatre

HONKY TONK LAUNDRY at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre

(Photo by Michael Lamont)

(Photo by Michael Lamont)

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Roger Bean, who wrote and directed the hit musical The Marvelous Wonderettes and its various sequels, has done it again. He’s written another juke-box musical — but here the emphasis is on country and western songs.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way 

Bets Malone and Misty Cotton are two of the Southland’s best known and most talented musical theatre performers. They have known each other since they were children growing up in Northern San Diego County…Read more…

Now running through September 17


THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre


Photo by Garrett Palm

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

A clear sign that something has entered the zeitgeist is when people decide to mock it in song. Now that the TV series Game of Thrones has become a worldwide phenomenon, its time has come. Read more…

Now running through December 20

BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Lovell Estell III – Stage Raw

There was a time when gas was eleven cents a gallon, a new car might run you a thousand dollars, average wages were under two thousand dollars a year, and thousands of unsuspecting American citizens deemed unfit and undesirable were forcibly sterilized by the government…..Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Blueprint for Paradise is reminiscent of those 1940s anti-Nazi films in which a superficially charming man with a German accent plots to infiltrate America — but at the last minute is thwarted by brave noble citizens and/or the FBI. (I can’t put my finger on the exact name of the film or films, only that recollections of such linger from my childhood.) Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Laurel M. Wetzork’s intriguing and unusual idea for a play falters, largely but not exclusively because of flawed direction, in its world premiere at Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood. Read more…

Now running through September 4

AY, CARMELA! at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre

Jessica Sherman Photography

Jessica Sherman Photography

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Frank Gehry’s set for “Ay, Carmela!” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre may not make any lists of the architect’s most impressive designs. Read more…

Now running through December 13.



LOOPHOLES: A PAIN IN THE I.R.S. at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Stan Rich and Ronnie Jayne’s flippant tour de force about taxation with musical representation is a charming affair, though hardly enough to shake off our rage relating to any recent adventures with the I.R.S.

Rich and Jayne’s sweet musical slides by a fair way on upbeat silliness, while the straightforward structure and browbeating sensibility hardly make for sophisticated entertainment.  To its credit, the work is Duty Free, meaning your only duty is to snicker at the cheesy jokes and facile lyrics. Read more…

Now running through May 17.

ALMOST, MAINE at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre


Photo by Dan Warner

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

John Cariani’s play is, in fact, a collection of nine short sketches, mostly duologues, and mostly comic with some serious overtones. Much of Cariani’s comedy is rooted in the notion of taking figures of speech literally. In “Her Heart,” a woman (Natalie Avital) had her heart broken by her recently deceased husband, and carries its shattered fragments in a brown paper bag, till she meets a repairman (director Martin Papazian) who thinks he can fix it. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — an unusually frosty, Northeastern Christmas for these climes — at the Hudson Mainstage, where a twinkly new production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” has opened. em>Read more…

Now running through December 21.


FAT PIG at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre


Photo by Ed Krieger

In the 1974 Broadway comedy My Fat Friend, Lynn Redgrave played a zaftig young woman thrilled that a man has shown an interest in her. When he’s called away for a time, she resolves, with the help her friends, to lose weight, and heighten his interest in her by becoming thin and svelte by the time he returns. But the plan backfires: He doesn’t like skinny women.  Read more…

Now running through June 1.