SWEET Well, here’s your chance to discover just why it flopped and why you should see it anyway. The ridiculously rousing and surprisingly satisfying Broadway-caliber revival which opened last weekend at La Mirada offers three things that keep the libretto and score from being stillborn on arrival: The most fantastic dance sequences you will ever [...]
BITTERSWEET Despite director Jeff Maynard’s spirited direction and the production’s high degree of craftsmanship, accepting the goings-on requires considerable suspension of disbelief. Eric Marchese – Backstage BITTERSWEET On the other hand, these same developments also make the play considerably less hilarious than expected — I’ve laughed a lot harder at a number of other farces. [...]
SWEET Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s phenomenally successful Vietnam War-era gloss on “Madama Butterfly” receives a sleekly staged, wonderfully performed revival that heightens this critic-proof popera’s strengths and obscures its frailties, to impressive effect. David C. Nichols – LA Times BITTER Let’s face it. For all its bells and whistles, “Miss Saigon” is really not [...]
Very nicely done teaser for The 39 Steps now playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Spare, economical, packs a punch.
BITTER The comedy undercuts any level of reality, or sense of story, so the stakes and the conflict are yanked out from underneath the actors before anything of interest can happen. And I was excited to come see the show. To tell you the truth, I’m excited to go see any live theatre. I want [...]
SWEET Of all the variations on the classic farce I have seen over a long career, only two can, on stages large and small, with professionals or gifted amateurs, be guaranteed to be fall-out-of-your-chair funny. Every time. One is “Noises Off,” now receiving an especially polished, richly satisfying performance at La Mirada Theatre for the [...]
Caught “Dinner with Friends” playing a limited run at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Solid show. Excellent acting. Thanks, David! I closes this weekend so get your tickets now, folks. Being that the La Mirada Theatre is like the penultimate Suburban Subscription Road House, the evening did inspire some thoughts. Here they [...]