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Todd Robbins in "Play Dead" at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo: Michael Lamont.

PLAY DEAD: 97% – SWEET

SWEET The illusions themselves vary in impressiveness. Maybe not all will blow your mind. It won’t matter. The dark, the gore, the morbid anecdotes — and that eye-twinkle — will put you into a state of nervous excitement like nothing since pre-teen slumber parties. Margaret Gray – LA Times SWEET In “Play Dead,” there is [...]

Adam Stein and Allison Pill in "Wait Until Dark" at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo: Michael Lamont.

WAIT UNTIL DARK (GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE): 92% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET The dramatic premise, of a vulnerable woman discovering unexpected resources that allow her to turn the tables on her assailants, is still the main draw. The road to the goosepimply climax, even with Hatcher’s streamlining, is cumbersome, the dramaturgy as outdated as when the work was first written. But what a gripping finish. If [...]

The cast of "The Baby" at the Lex Theatre. Credit: The Visceral Company.

THE BABY: 100% – SWEET

SWEET No one would call this cheeseball material anything more than trivial, but Spurgeon’s often hilarious production boasts crisp comic timing and a delicious campiness. Wimer, resplendent in her hideous, beige, 9 to 5-esque officewear, offers a wonderfully deadpan performance, which is engagingly offset by Blocker’s leering, bug-eyed turn as Mama. Paul Birchall – LA [...]

The Visceral Company presents "Kill Me" a the Lex Theatre. Credit: The Visceral Company.

KILL ME: 93% – SWEET

SWEET Dark, provocative, unmistakably a creation of theater, Kill Me leaves the audience thinking and feeling. Richard Becker – Creepy LA SWEET I enjoy seeing a performance that makes me think. Even more so when days after I am still having trouble putting my finger on just every thought evoked. My cerebral enjoyment aside this [...]

The cast of "Veronica's Room" at the Underground Theatre. Credit:

VERONICA’S ROOM (VISCERAL COMPANY): 94% – SWEET

SWEET The director Dan Spurgeon utilized the close-knit area of the theater and the extremely talented cast to great effect. The menacing ambience literally crawled off of the stage. Forrest Wilson – LifeInLA SWEET But be warned–Veronica’s Room is genuinely disturbing, all the more since the cast members invest their roles with so much reality. [...]

Amelia Gotham and Nich Kauffman star in The Visceral Company’s production of "The Turn of the Screw". Credit:

THE TURN OF THE SCREW (VISCERAL COMPANY RE-MOUNT): 96% – SWEET

SWEET A splendid production that is very well directed by Dan Spurgeon, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, and based on a classic ghost story by Henry James, The Turn of The Screw defies all theories that excellent theater productions cannot be done in small black-box facilities. Randall Gray – The California Theatre Critic SWEET But it’s [...]

James Lynch in "CarnEvil" at Sacred Fools Theater. Credit: Sacred Fools Theater Company.

CARNEVIL: 75% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET CarnEvil is slow to start in order to set up for what will be an entertaining payoff. The production hits full gear about ten minutes before intermission, making it almost vexing to have to stop. The second half of the show is nothing but action from start to finish with a whirlwind pace that [...]

The cast of "Dead of Night" at the Lankershim Arts Center. Credit: Visceral Company.

DEAD OF NIGHT: 76% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET We attended opening night on Friday and, sadly, weren’t thrilled with the results on stage. Things were amiss—and we were trying to figure out how to be honest with our readers, and yet, provide constructive criticism for the company. However, after the performance, we received a note from the company’s managing producer apologizing for [...]

Wayne Stribling Jr. and Victoria Rabitcheff in "Closet Land" at NoHo Stages. Photo courtesy of The Visceral Company.

CLOSET LAND: 100% – SWEET

SWEET Powerfully directed, Closet Land brings a frighteningly dark story to life in a way that might be all too real. Debbie Kagy – Tolucan Times SWEET This 85 minute single-act two-person drama, penned by Radha Bharadwaj, and tensely directed by John McCormic, has everything a mystery-thriller needs: suspense, loathing of authority, sweaty, uncomfortable, repetitive [...]

Karen (Anne Westcott) and Gary (Carl Bradley Anderson)in The Visceral Company’s production of “The Revenants,” playing through March 19 at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood.

THE REVENANTS: 60% – SWEET

SWEET The play is well written by Chicago-based playwright, Scott T. Barsotti. The special effects team is to be commended for “Zombie Transformation.” It is a show that all ages can enjoy – it is definitely unique. If you are twenty or thirty something….don’t miss it! Never seen a theatre production? Let this one be [...]