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THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (TU STUDIOS): 100% - SWEET

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (TU STUDIOS): 100% – SWEET

SWEET It’s an interesting evening of Cat and Mouse….something you might relate too! Lorenzo Marchessi – NoHoArtsDistrict SWEET Bill Manhoff’s The Owl and the Pussycat is directed by Gloria Gifford and features energetic and physical performances by the actors who are both nearly onstage the whole time in this classic comedy that still brings in […]

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (FALCON THEATRE): 56% - BITTERSWEET

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (FALCON THEATRE): 56% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET It’s not until the middle of the second act that Gregg W. Brevoort’s staging finds its way to some genuinely touching father-daughter exchanges, but for the most part this is Neil Simon-by-the-numbers, steeped in sentimentality rather than feeling. Phillip Brandes – LA Times BITTER I Ought To Be In Pictures ought to be so […]

CONFESSIONS OF A CAT LADY (WITH A SIDE OF CRAZY!) (BEST OF FRINGE): 83% - SWEET

CONFESSIONS OF A CAT LADY (WITH A SIDE OF CRAZY!) (BEST OF FRINGE): 83% – SWEET

SWEET Prepare to drink an awesome cocktail of wonderful weirdness, loveable liveliness and all around feline fun. Tony Bartolone – LA Theatre Review SWEET Price’s show Confessions of a Cat Lady (with a side of crazy) is a bombastic hour that uses Price’s outsized personality to generate megawatts of laughs while unveiling some of the […]

THE LATE HENRY MOSS (THEATRE 68): 86% - SWEET

THE LATE HENRY MOSS (THEATRE 68): 86% – SWEET

BITTER Although director David Fofi’s current staging at Theatre 68 is often inspired, the play remains a motivationally murky muddle that falls short of the mystical weightiness it so obviously intends. F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times SWEET This is not one of Shepard’s strongest works; he does a more compelling job of dramatizing similar […]

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

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 […]

THE SQUARE ROOT OF WONDERFUL (RAVEN PLAYHOUSE RE-MOUNT): 75% - BITTERSWEET

THE SQUARE ROOT OF WONDERFUL (RAVEN PLAYHOUSE RE-MOUNT): 75% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET It was truly a delight to see the cast working so well together to bring Carson McCuller’s words to life. Jack Doehring – LifeInLA SWEET The iconic Carson Mccullers mixes Southern tradition with cosmopolitan New York setting, quite the contrast, to make for a most intersting melodrama, “The Square Root of Wonderful,” playing at […]

OSWALD: 67% - BITTERSWEET

OSWALD: 67% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET For those of us who witnessed the unfolding of the remarkable real-life drama in television newscasts, this production elicits a feeling of déjà vu. For others, it offers an instructive glimpse at a landmark moment in a bygone era, when innocence began to fade away, preceding Vietnam, Watergate, and other calamities. Les Spindle – […]

YOU CAN CALL ME EVE: 87% - SWEET

YOU CAN CALL ME EVE: 87% – SWEET

SWEET Michael Coulombe pens a powerful story that is often times poetic and flowing in its narrative of a woman who feels a name change now better reflects her real self. Trish Ostroski – Tolucan Times BITTERSWEET Director Hector Rodriguez has good staging notions, such as bringing departed characters into bas-relief against the survivors. What […]

NO FAULT: A TALE ABOUT THE BIG D IN THE BIG APPLE: 87% - SWEET

NO FAULT: A TALE ABOUT THE BIG D IN THE BIG APPLE: 87% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET The upside of this 90-minute one-act is Christine Perfetti’s blunt humor, energetic prose, nicely complemented by Stefan Lysenko’s good direction. The downside is that it too often, particularly toward play’s end, takes on the look and feel of an overcooked, “poor me” pity party without redeeming insight or viable dramatic interest. Lovell Estell III […]

GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER (MACHA THEATRE): 100% - SWEET

GARBO’S CUBAN LOVER (MACHA THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Happily the rest of this production is solid enough to overcome this miscue. This is a standout revival of a very good play. Obed Medina – EdgeLosAngeles SWEET Garbo’s Cuban Lover was first mounted ten years ago and landed on multiple critics’ choice lists. With its high quality showmanship and strong allure, Garbo will […]

FOUR CLOWNS (SACRED FOOLS REVIVAL): 97% - SWEET

FOUR CLOWNS (SACRED FOOLS REVIVAL): 97% – SWEET

SWEET Aluma may be saying that human pain is at once particular and universal; what’s certain is his cast is gifted, including musical director Ellen Warkentine as the one woman orchestra in the wings. Amy Nicholson – LA Weekly (Fringe Review) SWEET The physicality of the actors was one of the most exciting things to […]

“Pay Attention”: 80% Sweet – UPDATED

“Pay Attention”: 80% Sweet – UPDATED

BITTER Performance is an effective tool for healing, and while this show is honest and includes the witty self-deprication that is often the engine of this kind of work, South’s muddy performance is hard to parse. At 130 minutes with no intermission it is an ordeal, and I suspect that there are times when South […]