They say there is no culture in LA (well aside from what's in yogurt), but he is here to prove that axiom wrong. Anxious to begin covering the state of theatre here in the Southland (that's what the local news likes to call Southern California), neither earthquakes, fires, mudslides, nor high-speed freeway chases will keep him from his appointed rounds of giving you the scoop on the Left Coast theatre happenings!
December 5, 2013
What happens when you combine a nameless boy, a ship called Neverland, a duplicitous Pirate and some rope? Theatrical magic. And that is exactly what happened when 'Peter and the Starcatcher' opened last night at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.BWW Reviews: TRIBES Enthralls in West Coast Debut
March 12, 2013
TRIBES is a gripping, if somewhat uneven, play by Nina Raine, which has garnered accolades in both its run in London at the Royal Court Theatre and it's off-Broadway debut at the Barrow Street Theatre prior to its West Coast premiere Sunday night at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.BWW Reviews: RED, Starring Jonathan Groff and Alfred Molina, Revels in Taper Premiere
August 21, 2012
If you've noticed an increase in seismic activity in the LA basin lately, the epicenter can be clearly be traced to the main stage at the Mark Taper Forum, where the powerful production of John Logan's "Red" opened August 12th to thunderous applause and an instantaneous standing ovation.BWW Reviews: WARHORSE- Beauty In Battle
July 2, 2012
"War Horse," like any fine stallion, has a award winning pedigree, and has won the trifecta in terms of the mediums in which it's tale has been told. It began as a novel 28 years ago, was staged as a play at the National Theatre in London 5 years ago, and last year received a motion picture adaptation courtesy of Steven Spielberg. On Friday, it finally made its Los Angeles theatre debut, with the premiere of the National Tour at LA's Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre.BWW Reviews: BRING IT ON Should Have Brought More
November 14, 2011
The National Tour of "Bring It On: The Musical', opened Friday night at LA's Center Theater Group's Ahmanson Theatre. Will it did bring enough peppy cheerleaders to rally the opening night crowd into an instantaneous standing ovation, overall the musical fell short in many areas, often times playing like a musicalized episode of "Saved By the Bell."BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES Storms the Barricades in LA
June 21, 2011
Les Miserables, has returned to Los Angeles in a new, "25th Anniversary" production, currently playing downtown at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in a limited run, now through July 31st.BWW Reviews: THE METHOD GUN Hits the Bullseye in LA
June 20, 2011
What do you get when a theatre troupe tries to perform a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" without the characters of Blanche, Stella, Stanley or Mitch? A truly original and fun night of theatre in an absurdist delight called "The Method Gun".Praise 'God of Carnage'
April 15, 2011
After wildly successful runs both in London's West End and on Broadway, where it won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage opened last night at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in a theatrical tour-de-force that is sure to be the talk of the town.33 VARIATIONS Scores!
February 13, 2011
After a successful and Tony nominated run on Broadway, Moises Kaufman's latest play, 33 Variations, opened Wednesday evening at LA Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre. BWW Blogs: LA's Center Theatre Group Nurtures New Works
December 28, 2010
At a time when many critics lament the state of the current American musical, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, home to the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Doulas Theater, has been an unwavering nurturer of new works and talent. Top Rank 'Lieutenant'
July 13, 2010
The wildly funny and enjoyably outrageous production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which opened Sunday evening at the Center Theater Group's Mark Taper Forum.Timeless and Timely 'Mary Poppins' Premieres in Los Angeles
November 18, 2009
Many people rightly consider "Mary Poppins" a timeless classic. Well, with the new musical's Los Angeles premiere Sunday night at the Ahmanson Theater, you can also call it timely. While it first premiered in London five years ago in a very different economic and social climate, seeing it now, amidst the current economic crisis and the want to go 'back to basics', the stage musical seems more appropriate, meaningful and heartfelt. We could all use a little "Mary Poppins" in our lives, to teach us all that the love of family is more important than anything else. LuPone and Patinkin Reunite and Reignite the Stage in Los Angeles
June 24, 2009
They starred together 30 years ago in the smash hit Evita, and for one week only, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, theatre legends Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin reunite on stage in a love letter to the theatre which also celebrates their decades-long friendship.'Avenue Q' is Hot Property
September 10, 2007
As if stuck in Los Angeles traffic at the height of rush hour, it has taken 'Avenue Q' a long, long time to finally make its debut in the City of Angels. But like any journey, when you finally arrive at your destination, you are thankful and happy to be there. Hairspray Holds Strong in L.A. Return
May 26, 2006
The national tour of the hit 'Hairspray' returned to Los Angeles a year after its first engagement on Tuesday evening, and even after criss-crossing the country and casting changes in the lead roles, this show still pleases the senses, providing a joyous and ebullient evening of theatre!'Swan Lake' Flies Into L.A. for its Tenth Anniversary
March 16, 2006
It was 10 years ago that Matthew Bourne’s groundbreaking version of “Swan Lake” hit the stage, signaling a triumphant re-imaging of the classic tale, as well as announcing the arrival of a visionary new creator/director.'Palm Beach' takes on the Pacific - Review
June 27, 2005
The new musical 'Palm Beach' proves that when it comes to Regional Theatre, La Jolla is at the top of its game.La Jolla Gears Up for 'Palm Beach' World Premiere
June 8, 2005
As La Jolla Playhouse puts the finishing touches on this new musical, you can check out pictures from the production!Great 'STUFF HAPPENS' in American Debut at Taper
June 6, 2005
While the Broadway world was honoring its best of the year on Sunday evening at the Tony Awards, Los Angeles Theatre was celebrating its own greatness in theatre with the American Premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Mark Taper Forum. A Revealing Interview with Max Von Essen
November 18, 2004
When you sit down with Max Von Essen, you don't feel as though you are meeting a stranger - in fact it's just the opposite, you feel as though you are already his friend.