RSSArchive for April 30th, 2011

Hershey Felder in "George Gershwin Alone" at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Photo courtesy of Mark Garvin.

GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE (PASADENA PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET One might call it spending an evening with George Gershwin. Or maybe call it a backward look at a gentler time. Whatever you want to call it, the current fare at the venerable Pasadena Playhouse is a singular experience in theatre, where you are entertained by a superbly gifted storyteller and then the audience [...]

Tim Piper in "Just Imagine" at the Hayworth Theatre. Photo: Jacki Korito.

JUST IMAGINE (HAYWORTH THEATRE ONGOING): 97% – SWEET

SWEET The audience was totally, utterly, thoroughly enthralled by Tim Piper’s portrayal of John Lennon, from his Beatle boots to his Nehru jacket. Even though the theatre seats were bolted to the floor, the house was shaking from the first song to the last. I swear to you on a stack of declassified documents that [...]

BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS: 100% – SWEET

BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS: 100% – SWEET

SWEET These three acts, bound together by the faith of their characters (and carefully hidden violent streaks), are each phenomenally performed by an amazing cast assembled and directed by Meredith Hinckley Schmidt. Susan Burns – Melpomene Blogs Back SWEET Coeurage Theatre Company’s production of Bash offers three one acts of vintage Neil LaBute that is [...]

It takes an Atwater Village Theatre…

It takes an Atwater Village Theatre…

If you haven’t been to the Atwater Village Theatre yet – go.  The two resident companies, Circle X and EST-LA are currently running a regular Tom Jacobson fest, The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) and House of the Rising Son respectively.  Both plays by Jacobson.  Saw House of the Rising Son and it was excellent. It truly [...]

The Joys of Theatre Obsession

The Joys of Theatre Obsession

Check out this wonderful self-analysis called Thoughts on Repetitive Theatregoing from our favorite Phd candidate/critic Sarah Taylor Ellis, as she explores her obsession with Cyclops: A Rock Opera currently playing at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. Here’s Sarah: “You see, I latch onto certain shows and develop this deep, affective relationship to [...]

"Burn the Floor" at the Pantages Theatre.  Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus.

BURN THE FLOOR (PANTAGES): 100% – SWEET

SWEET On Opening Night the audience gave a standing ovation with continuous screams of delight throughout the show and it was well deserved. The consistent high level of energy by the dancers was electrifying. Nancy Bianconi – NoHoArtsDistrict SWEET There are three reasons to attend Burn the Floor – the heart-pounding Ballroom Dance Sextravaganza now [...]

And Yet Another Saturday Saying

And Yet Another Saturday Saying

There are three reasons to attend Burn the Floor – the heart-pounding Ballroom Dance Sextravaganza now throbbing and thumping on the boards at the Pantages: one, the sexiest bodies this side of Mount Olympus; two, the astounding choreography of Jason Gilkison; and, three, the sexy bodies. Plus, an added benefit would be the sexy bodies. [...]

Another Saturday Saying

Another Saturday Saying

“While not detracting from the play’s charms, Jacobson’s ending is unsatisfying. One senses perhaps a struggle between a mind unafraid of asking questions whose answers may well challenge current dogma, and a heart that at the point of commitment balks. In context, the mealy ending is as jarring as running across a Bourbon Street funeral [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“If the Chance World Premiere is any indication, The Boy In The Bathroom has considerable life ahead of it, its budget-to-emotional-payoff ratio making it a terrific choice for intimate regional theaters.  The writers might also consider an alternate version featuring a male love interest, a simple pronoun substitution that might make The Boy In The [...]