The Saturday Saying

“I began this review by discussing the advantage to theaters of producing one-person shows, and the short-cut writing a personal memoir offers. Orlandersmith often consulted a notebook as she expounded on her story. But the number of times she seemed to stumble suggests it was not well rehearsed and undermines the notion that the notebook […]

THE SHADOW BOX (RAVEN PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET The direction under Catherine Michaels was light and pure. The staging was that of a seasoned ballet choreographer, beautifully seamless. Cheers are to be given to Catherine for allowing a piece, that could be complicated and heavy, to be something relatable and compassionate. Dianne Williams – NoHoArtsDistrict SWEET The crux of this story is […]

WEDDING BAND: A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK & WHITE (ANTAEUS): 88% – SWEET

SWEET This rarely produced revival delivers a blistering indictment of the South’s anti-miscegenation laws against the backdrop of a deeply moving portrait of urban black life in the early 20th century. Directed by Gregg T. Daniel, the double-cast production now playing at the Antaeus Company offers some of the finest ensemble acting currently onstage (the […]

Sylvie Drake on Why Theatre Will Survive: But Watch out for Those “Marketers”

It’s such a great thing to have the writing and thinking of a Sylvie Drake back in the mix of LA Theater. She was a longtime LA Times critic and now writes for Cultural Weekly and we’ve included her several times over the past months in some of our COWs. Recently she wrote a follow […]

Dramaturgy Playlist: 5 Plays For Our Virtual Reality Future

Conceptually at least, virtual reality has been around for a long time. I myself grew up on the mid-90s vision of it best depicted in Aerosmith’s “Amazing” music video and the Denzel/Russell classic Virtuosity. It’s gained a major head of steam in recent years though as the technology needed to really pull it off has […]

BROOMSTICK: 88% – SWEET

SWEET Perfect for Halloween or for anyone who enjoys taking a journey into the deep dark woods, “Broomstick” offers a frightfully fun time at the theater that might be especially fun at night! Candyce Columbus – LA Examiner SWEET Playwright John Biguenet’s delightful Halloween Season monologue is a flat out delight. It’s like a children’s […]

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    GLORIOUS!: 61% – BITTERSWEET

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    WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING: 75% – BITTERSWEET

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  • WHAT OF THE NIGHT? (THE VAGRANCY): 88% - SWEET

    WHAT OF THE NIGHT? (THE VAGRANCY): 88% – SWEET

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  • Critique of the Week (it's a tie!)

    Critique of the Week (it’s a tie!)

    Joel Beers is just too fucking good to be stuck down there in the OC. Not that there’s anything wrong with the OC, but Joel, baby, get your ass up here so you can shine some of your particular kind of light on some of these shows in the HollyHood. They need it! Somebody get […]

  • Critique of the Week

    Critique of the Week

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    The Saturday Saying

    “This production, which had a successful run earlier this year at the small NoHo Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley, would be newsworthy alone for its move to an institutional theater like the Geffen, apparently in a bid for a New York opening. One can only pray that, contrary to established practice, this exemplary […]

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    RAGTIME (3D THEATRICALS): 100% – SWEET

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  • Latest Born Ready Podcast: "Unbelievable!" with Rob Avila and Thoughts on the Bay Guardian Closing

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  • AFTER IT HAPPENED (INVERTIGO): 100% - SWEET

    AFTER IT HAPPENED (INVERTIGO): 100% – SWEET

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    Adam Leipzig on Theater’s “Permanent Impermanence”

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    FOREVER: 67% – BITTERSWEET

    BITTERSWEET From a theatrical perspective, unmodulated rage works best in small doses; too much of it stuns the senses. Subtler moments, as when she confesses her dreams of marrying the Irish cop who was kind to her after her rape, can be more effective. Margaret Gray – LA Times SWEET Forever concludes with the death […]

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    VENUS IN FUR (SOUTH COAST REP): 95% – SWEET

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    The Middle Way: Some Suggestions for Moving Los Angeles Theater Forward

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    San Francisco’s Alternative Newspaper the Bay Guardian Shuts Down

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    CABARET (CROWN CITY THEATER): 100% – SWEET

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    A Poignant Los Angeles Theater Joke for Today…

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    DON’T HUG ME, WE’RE MARRIED (GROUP REP): 94% – SWEET

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    WICKED LIT 2014: 100% – SWEET

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