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TARTUFFE BY MOLIERE: A REALITY SHOW at City Garage

Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein

Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

City Garage’s creative duo of Frédérique Michel and Charles A. Duncombe are long-established dab hands with Molière, so abundantly so that despite their reliable pedigree, I feared that Tartuffe by Moliere: A Reality Show would perhaps be too much yet again of the same thing. Yes, but no.

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Now running through November 1.

MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES at the Getty Villa

Photo b y Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Each year for the past decade, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades has commissioned a Los Angeles theater company to adapt an Ancient Greek play for the Getty’s outdoor amphitheater. This year, the Pasadena-based Theatre @ Boston Court sets the Euripides tragedy “Medea” in modern-day Boyle Heights. Enter “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” — and the results are spellbinding.  Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

One of the more striking elements in playwright Luis Alfaro’s work is his ability to successfully transpose Greek tragedy into stories about Mexican-Americans and Latino immigrants. Myths that may not feel relevant to many of us suddenly become germane as we watch Alfaro’s dramas about ordinary people who have extraordinary passions, much like the classical characters of old.   Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

In Luis Alfaro’s new adaptation, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, Medea (Sabina Zuniga Varela), an undocumented fugitive and a topnotch seamstress obsessively doing piecework while never leaving her home, explains that the basis for the quality of a well-crafted dress depends upon the fabric “… and the stitching.” Read more…

 

Now running through Oct. 3.

SNEAKY OLE TIME at the Ruskin Group Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

I listen to a lot of country music (Charlie Louvin on the turntable at the moment), though for the most part I cannot abide what plays under that pretense on the radio. Most of that seems irretrievably suburban, though one imagines that’s what become of most of the actual countryside over the past half century.

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

There’s lots of flirtin’ and fussin’ and Country/Western twangin’—plus 10 characters in search of a credible plot—in this sitcom-level world-premiere musical, written byStephen Mazur. Developer-director Michael Myers’ production shoehorns in 24 existing songs by Grammy-winning tunesmith Paul Overstreet, primarily dealing with the battle of the sexes. em>Read more…

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Through September 19

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC at the Fountain Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Citizen: An American Lyric by poet Claudia Rankine, was published to great acclaim last year, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry. In this theatrical realization, it represents an uniquely valuable tool not merely for a keener awareness of the ubiquity of everyday racism but for the precious need of every human being for self-examination, if any of us is ever truly to become whomever we truly are. Read more…

Now running through September 14.

LUKAS ROOM – Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater,

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Photo by John Perrin Flynn

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Rob Mersola‘s dicey new comedy Luka’s Room benefits from the efforts of a splendid ensemble cast under the crisp direction of Joshua Bitton.  Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

His father’s finances suddenly gone south (or perhaps merely hidden during the pendancy of his most recent divorce), 19 year old Luka Lupatelli (Nick Marini) must transfer from Arizona State to a San Fernando Valley community college and occupy the old paternal bedroom at addled Grandma Franca’s (Joanna Lipari) meager digs, across the hall from his ne’er-do-well Uncle Nick (Alex Fernandez), recently sprung from another short stint in County Jail. Read more…

Now running through Sept. 23

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at the Pasadena Playhouse

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Members of the opening night audience at Pasadena Playhouse’s A Night With Janis Joplin were clearly primed for an intimate tête-à-tête with the titular musical legend, and judging by the two hours’ worth of spontaneous outbursts, they got what they came for. I counted five full or partial standing ovations, interspersed between cheers for every screeched song title, every familiar vamp, and every smokin’-hot guitar riff (there were a lot of them). Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

When our daughters were still young, yet old enough, we determined to take them on their first trip abroad to Europe. There was some protest: Why travel to Venice, when they could go to the Venetian in Las Vegas, where their grandparents lived? Read more…

Now running through August 16.

 

SHIV at The Theatre @ Boston Court

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

Breaking out of old patterns, ridding ourselves of toxic habits, or just growing up sometimes requires extreme courage. In the highly metaphoric play “Shiv,” the character who navigates the path of maturity and change is given the qualities of the Hindu deity Shiva. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

The recurrent dramatic question of our own lives plausibly could be what it means to embrace the consciousness of another day (i.e., getting out of bed). For Shiv (the emotionally pellucid Monika Jolly), eponymous protagonist of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s captivating play in its west coast premiere at The Theatre @ Boston Court, arguably her imaginative life is so fecund that she needn’t escape the confines of her irremediably creased childhood mattress — as if she could. Read more…

Now running through August 9.

THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRL – InterACT Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre

Photo by Rick Friesen

Photo by Rick Friesen

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Why the devil do we do the things we do? And what kind of answers are genuinely responsive and illuminating to that question of “Why?”  Easier to examine the confounding deeds of other people and endeavor to find clues in the motivations we attribute to (or project upon) them for insights into our murkily intricate webs of rationalization and justification. Read more…

Now running through July 26.

THE HEIR APPARENT at International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center

Photo by Susan Mapes

Photo by Susan Mapes

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Struggles over inheritance are always painful — unless, of course, they take place in a French farce, in which case they are endlessly prankish and ribald. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

David Ives’s“translaptation” of Jean-Francois Regnard’s 1708 farce The Heir Apparent (Le Legataire Universel), at International City Theatre, also involves a gathering to squabble over inheritance, only this time the corpse-to-be remains very much alive….Read more…

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

Most people have never heard of French playwright Jean-Francois Regnard. Yet in his day, his work was compared to (and as popular as) the legendary comedies of Moliere — whose name is synonymous with the genre. Read more…

Now running through July 12.

HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Talk amongst yourselves,” says a wild-eyed Lester Bangs as he hammers away at his typewriter, gesturing us into his unkempt apartment, Black Sabbath blaring from the turntable. “And nobody touch my records.”Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

The lesson to be learned here is not how to be a rock critic but how to be a human being, experiencing instead of describing, taking action instead of observing. When the theatermakers are teaching this lesson, this piece is at its finest. When the theater-makers are trying to make theater, even they must still learn a few things. Read more…

Jon Magaril – Curtain Up

I raise my lighter way up for Erik Jensen’s kick-ass performance as Lester Bangs, trumpeted by many as the best rock critic of all time. His reviews and essays in the ’70s heyday of Rolling Stone, Creem, the Village Voice were fiercely opinionated (sometimes ecstatic, often vituperative), deeply personal, and enduringly influential. Following his example of popularizing the terms “heavy metal” and “punk rock,” I hereby dub the new play co-written by director Jessica Blank and Jensen a rock-u-docu-solo-show. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

….Bangs, with his uninhibited prose and rabidly personal take on pop music, remains the patron saint of rock critics, martyred at 33 by demons not unlike those of many musicians he idolized and in turn rejected for their inevitable failings. Read more…

 

 

Now running through June 28.

BAD JEWS at the Geffen Playhouse

Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

 Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

Among the many contentious ideas explored during Bad Jews, Joshua Harmon’s delicious pressure cooker of a show now playing at the Geffen, is how a religious or cultural identity can become the sole bedrock upon which some people base their identity. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

I can remember the disapproving dismay clucking through suburban Newark, New Jersey, aroused by the satiric observations of the early Philip Roth, and could never have imagined myself partaking of the same chagrin as my parents felt in reaction to the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man, which I thought was pretty dead-on from my own experience of that period. em>Read more…

Now running through July 19.

HYDROGEN- Long Beach Opera at CRAFTED Warehouse/Port of L.A.

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Allen Ginsberg may not have quite been Walt Whitman, but he was certainly the Walt Whitman of our lifetimes. To paraphrase Andrew Sarris on Orson Welles, while he could be a great bravura poet, he was an incomparable bravura personality. em>Read more…

Now running through June 7.