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Archive for Inner City Arts


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


Photo by Tate Tullier

Photo by Tate Tullier

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Upon leaving the opening night performance of Deaf West and The Forest of Arden’s co-production Spring Awakening – Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 2006 rock musical about sexual awakening/repression in 19th century European teens, based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind — I posted a blissful Tweet announcing that people should see this “beautiful” show, and I stand by that assessment. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

My previous experience with Spring Awakening – its national tour stop at the Ahmanson – did not endear the show to me. Among other issues, I found it difficult to connect with the characters. I had sympathy for the teens (in 1891 Germany) who were trying to find their way despite parental-imposed sexual ignorance, but found the show ultimately unmoving. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 19.