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HAPPY DAYS (BOSTON COURT): 100% - SWEET

HAPPY DAYS (BOSTON COURT): 100% – SWEET

SWEET This production, which features Broadway veteran and multiple Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, Adams’ real-life husband, in the role of Willie, Winnie’s there-but-not-there life partner, preserves the universality of Beckett’s vivid stage metaphor while making it seem right at home in Southern California. Charles McNulty – LA Times SWEET No other dramatist has ever been […]

EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH: 82% - SWEET

EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH: 82% – SWEET

SWEET The performances, particularly of the two leads, are confident, nuanced and memorable. And the rich sensory feast Kubzansky and her team have served up — which also includes lighting by Jeremy Pivnick, sound by John Zalewski and witty props by John Burton — is a powerful reminder of why beauty, heartless though it may […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

I dunno, it’s probably just me – it usually is – but I’ve noticed that LA Times reviewer David C. Nichols seems to be offering a lot of “glossing over” and “easy passes” to productions these days. It’s subtle, because he’s a good writer, but it’s almost like his compliments are back-handed and he simply […]

ALCESTIS (BOSTON COURT): 89% - SWEET

ALCESTIS (BOSTON COURT): 89% – SWEET

SWEET However, their festival-ready work doesn’t always mesh the piece’s narrative and thematic aims. The copious references, self-comment and abstractions hinder emotional connection as often as support it. Nonetheless, as theatrical exercises go, “Alcestis” is certainly impressive. David C. Nichols – LA Times BITTERSWEET The writing is frequently fascinating, and Ms. Keystone’s stage pictures are […]

CREATION: 84% - SWEET

CREATION: 84% – SWEET

SWEET Still, “Creation” details the birth pangs of new art, new love, new selves. In its best moments, the play pushes beyond its cerebral premise toward something urgent and fully human. Charlotte Stoudt – LA Times SWEET One of the most fascinating new plays I’ve seen this past year, Kathryn Walat’s Creation is even better […]

Boston Court Announces 2012-2013 Season

Boston Court Announces 2012-2013 Season

Now certainly there’s nothing earth-shattering about announcing a new season, but I gotta admit I like how they’ve done it with this poster. Big, bold, bringin’ it. Well done, Boston Court.

THE CHILDREN: 92% - SWEET

THE CHILDREN: 92% – SWEET

SWEET This is a noteworthy production in every regard, from Elyanow’s brilliant poetry (“To mortal man, how great a scourge is love”) and ingenious references to the characters’ brave new world (“The sun has been harnessed!” shouts the handmaiden when the lights are switched on) to uniformly exquisite design elements and strikingly courageous, committed performances […]

Boston Court Evokes Beckett for 2012 Fundraising

Boston Court Evokes Beckett for 2012 Fundraising

Well, I definitely give Boston Court high marks for their imagination with this new fundraising video, but, man, these two actors, Michael Michetti and Jessica Kubzansky, need a freakin’ director!

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

The Dinosaur Within, still playing at the Theatre @ Boston Court through November 6, 2011. Check it.

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

But in Houle’s discussions about how these changes may impact the theatre, he drew some heartening conclusions. One thing he observed is that young people—the digital natives—as they become more secluded with personal electronic devices, are craving live interaction. In fact, he notes that young people hug each other more freely and frequently now than […]

HEAVIER THAN...: 55% - BITTERSWEET

HEAVIER THAN…: 55% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET A few things are working in favor of this theatrical long-shot. First, there’s the masculine beauty and brooding sensitivity of shirtless Nick Ballard, who plays the half-man, half-bull creature with a James Dean scowl, camera-ready six-pack and dapper pair of horns. Then there’s Abigail Deser’s stylish staging, which revels in the play’s springy non-naturalism […]

Friday Feature: It's called a "Teaser" for a Reason

Friday Feature: It’s called a “Teaser” for a Reason

I’m still on the fence with video trailers and teasers for theatrical productions, but Boston Court shows us how to do it, simply, elegantly and most of all TEASINGLY. Hey, Hollywood! Pay attention!

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“The NCAA championship b-ball game is being played the same night of the @LAWeekly Theatre Awards. A dilemma for the gay sports fan. #LAThtr” Michael Seel – Executive Director, Boston Court Performing Arts Center (via Tweet)