Newsflash: Theatre is Alive and Well in Los Angeles

A handful of shows that I’ve enjoyed for one reason or another are still playing and should be seen if possible.

In the Red and Brown Water: Just go see it. If you haven’t already you are a deprived soul. The LADCC voters got a couple of their noms right, but not to honor the writing, production and the lead, Diarra Kilpatrick, just makes me want to shout, “Oooohhhya! Oooohhhya!” See the show and you’ll understand.

Bad Apples: I was not as enamored of this show as many and I believe that our LemonMeter has rightly accessed this one at 77% Sweet. For me the book just didn’t work, too many themes weakly stitched together, too much overt prosthelytizing, the voice of the author was too evident and too shrill, too many tonal shifts, the characters rarely rang real for me, it was too long, however, the music and singing and dancing were fucking great and I completely agree with almost everyone that the main reason to see this is because it’s bold, it’s risky and it tries to take on some big ideas in a unique way.  Unsuccessfully in my book, but nobody wants to read my book. The LADCC seems to like it. I think this is the last weekend of the run so check it out if you can. Congrats to Circle X for failing in a big and entertaining way!

Avenue Q: This one has been rocking and rolling for months and it is undeniably fun and entertaining and very well performed. The show itself wasn’t quite as “shocking” and “scandalous” as some have described – probably just a bit dated now – but the singing is excellent. The two leads, Chris Kauffmann and Danielle Judovits, especially are Broadway caliber talent. Congrats to DOMA for a fine season!

 

Notes from Underground: Being a bit of a Dostoevsky aficionado, I have to say this production felt a bit incomplete to me and somewhat anti-cathartic, nevertheless, what Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group almost always accomplishes and does so again here, is a visceral effect that is still with me this morning. Oddly, this is one show I would have liked to have seen fleshed out a little more than their traditional hour long model allows. But once again, bold, twisted, risky and funny. Yep, funny.

Now go see some theater!

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Colin Mitchell About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.

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