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BWW Review: UNCANNY VALLEY at International City Theatre BWW Review: UNCANNY VALLEY at International City Theatre
by George Brietigam - April 24, 2017

If you find yourself in Downtown Long Beach, be sure to catch this unique show.... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH: REVISITED Brilliantly Updates Shakespeare's Tragic Tale of Power, Greed, and the Blood-Thirst for Ambition BWW Review: MACBETH: REVISITED Brilliantly Updates Shakespeare's Tragic Tale of Power, Greed, and the Blood-Thirst for Ambition
by Shari Barrett - April 23, 2017

Culver City residents Jeannine and Jack Stehlin are celebrating the 21st anniversary season of their New American Theatre production company by presenting MACBETH: REVISITED, directed by and starring Jack Stehlin in the title role with choreography and sound design by John Farmanesh-Bocca. Last yea... (more...)
BWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLE BWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLE
by Gil Kaan - April 22, 2017

Not a single weak link in JTK Productions' powerful, pitch-perfect RABBIT HOLE, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The strong cast of five sleekly directed by Eric Hunicutt vividly illustrates Lindsay-Abaire's tale of a family coping with the accidental loss of thei... (more...)
BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
by Gil Kaan - April 21, 2017

SING HAPPY!, a delightful cabaret showcase of Ann LeSchander's vocal chops and comic talents backed by wonderful musicians who know when to take focus and when to lay back. Kudos to The Gardenia's sound system that allows each instrument to be heard so distinctly as individual instruments, then blen... (more...)
BWW Review: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY Opens the Block Party Series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY Opens the Block Party Series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Shari Barrett - April 21, 2017

'Failure: A Love Story' chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters (June Carryl, Margaret Katch, and Nicole Shalhoub) and the one man with the double moniker Mortimer Mortimer (Kurt Quinn) who fell in love with each of them but not at the same time. Set against the backdrop of ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Transforms Tragedy Using Theatre in LEAR'S SHADOW BWW Review: Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Transforms Tragedy Using Theatre in LEAR'S SHADOW
by Ellen Dostal - April 19, 2017

LEAR'S SHADOW, a new play by Shakespeare Ensemble Theater Artistic Director, Brian Elerding, is a sensitive exploration of theatre's transformative ability to heal, even under the most devastating of circumstances. Using passages from King Lear as a tool within a contemporary storyline, it takes a t... (more...)
BWW Review: West Coast Premiere of PURE CONFIDENCE Races to the Top of the Pack BWW Review: West Coast Premiere of PURE CONFIDENCE Races to the Top of the Pack
by Shari Barrett - April 18, 2017

Since I left the theater last Sunday, I have been singing 'Camptown Races' (sometimes referred to as 'Camptown Ladies'), a comic song written by Stephen Foster, known as the father of American music who was considered the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. Appropriatel... (more...)
BWW Review: BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space BWW Review: BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space
by Ellen Dostal - April 17, 2017

BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space is a multi-dimensional musical and visual concert experience created by Kenji Williams that emotionally reconnects us - to each other and to our planet - by offering an extraordinary view of earth as one people, one world.... (more...)
BWW Review: An ELEVATOR Ride Provides an Emotionally Uplifting Experience for Seven Strangers BWW Review: An ELEVATOR Ride Provides an Emotionally Uplifting Experience for Seven Strangers
by Shari Barrett - April 17, 2017

When traveling between floors on an elevator, how often do you look around and react to strangers, wondering who they are or what they do for a living? And if you guess, what percentage of the time will you be wrong? Such is the challenge presented by the hit 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival play EL... (more...)
BWW Review: Curiosity-Baiting New Play THE SIEGEL Brings Fresh Comedy to South Coast Repertory BWW Review: Curiosity-Baiting New Play THE SIEGEL Brings Fresh Comedy to South Coast Repertory
by Michael L. Quintos - April 17, 2017

Utilizing a sort of amusing, somewhat wacky plot that somehow works in a sustainably fresh, surprisingly plausible, and audaciously charming way, the world premiere production of playwright Michael Mitnick's thoroughly engaging new play THE SIEGEL---continuing at SCR in Costa Mesa through April 23--... (more...)
BWW Review: Thoroughly Entertaining THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE Makes its West Coast Premiere at the Geffen BWW Review: Thoroughly Entertaining THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE Makes its West Coast Premiere at the Geffen
by Shari Barrett - April 15, 2017

We are still laughing, days after seeing the West Coast premiere of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE at the Geffen Playhouse. The play with fantastic and ultra-flamboyant musical numbers will keep you laughing from beginning to end, centered on 'a wildly joyous story of empathy, of inclusivity, of comm... (more...)
BWW Review: LONE STAR - An Intriguing Study of Hapless Characters BWW Review: LONE STAR - An Intriguing Study of Hapless Characters
by Gil Kaan - April 15, 2017

The Elephant Theatre Company's LONE STAR provides an interesting character study populated with three intriguing characters, the most being the younger brother Ray as embodied by Christopher Parker.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatrics Overpower Storytelling in ECT's ROMEO AND JULIET BWW Review: Theatrics Overpower Storytelling in ECT's ROMEO AND JULIET
by Ellen Dostal - April 12, 2017

Elysium Conservatory Theatre has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into its latest production of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET, the first in their brand new space in downtown San Pedro.... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere Comedy A DeLUSIONAL AFFAIR Offers a Look at What Happens When Fantasy Becomes Reality BWW Review: World Premiere Comedy A DeLUSIONAL AFFAIR Offers a Look at What Happens When Fantasy Becomes Reality
by Shari Barrett - April 11, 2017

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the funny, touching, and just a little bit racy, world premiere comedy, Albert James Kallis's A DeLUSIONAL Affair which will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy and reality, leaving you with a new perspective on it all.... (more...)
BWW Review: LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS - Both the Title and the Play Itself Need To Be Halved BWW Review: LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS - Both the Title and the Play Itself Need To Be Halved
by Gil Kaan - April 10, 2017

The first act of the Skylight Theatre Company's world premiere of LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS presents a riveting, fast-paced, well-acted tale of Dee, a teenage girl experiencing the joys of young love and the pains and consequences of unexpected pregnancy. Corryn Cummins totally... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ENCOUNTER - An Innovative Means of Tripping Down a Photographer's Rabbit Hole BWW Review: THE ENCOUNTER - An Innovative Means of Tripping Down a Photographer's Rabbit Hole
by Gil Kaan - April 09, 2017

The West Coast premiere of Complicite's THE ENCOUNTER amazes with its cutting-edge technology of 3-D audio. Co-creator/performer Simon McBurney commands the Wallis stage as he recalls National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre's 1969 photographic expedition into the depths of the Amazon rainfor... (more...)
BWW Review: CAT'S-PAW Asks if the Media Plays a Part in Making a Good Cause go Bad BWW Review: CAT'S-PAW Asks if the Media Plays a Part in Making a Good Cause go Bad
by Shari Barrett - April 04, 2017

Torn from today's headlines, what do you do when your enemy may be smarter than you? William Mastrosimone's gripping drama CAW'S-PAW is set in a warehouse near the U.S. capital where a terrorist who has wreaked madness and destruction on America is about to use a news reporter to exploit just one mo... (more...)
BWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHA BWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHA
by Gil Kaan - April 04, 2017

Perfection! A Noise Within produces a stunning, modernistic, most entertaining take on MAN OF LA MANCHA, the tale of Don Quixote and his man servant Sancho during the sixteenth century Spanish Inquisition. Co-Producing Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott most skillfully directs her very talent... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Reigning Cats And Dogs In Palm Springs! Dezart Closes Its Season With A Very  Warm And Funny CHAPATTI! BWW Review: It's Reigning Cats And Dogs In Palm Springs! Dezart Closes Its Season With A Very Warm And Funny CHAPATTI!
by David Green - April 04, 2017

Dogs and cats reign supreme  - and, in fact, are the catalyst for all of the action  - in Christian O'Reilly's warm and intelligent comedy CHAPATTI, the final production in Dezart Performs rather remarkable ninth season in Palm Springs. Dezart Performs, a long time 'best kept secret' in Coachella Va... (more...)
BWW Review: In BUILDING THE WALL, Playwright Robert Schenkkan Offers a Chilling Call to Action BWW Review: In BUILDING THE WALL, Playwright Robert Schenkkan Offers a Chilling Call to Action
by Shari Barrett - April 03, 2017

A wave of new plays addressing social unrest are now hitting the stages of Los Angeles theaters. Last weekend I saw Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL at Fountain Theatre, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across th... (more...)
BWW Review: The Latino Theatre Company Premieres John Pollono's RULES OF SECONDS at The Los Angeles Theatre Center BWW Review: The Latino Theatre Company Premieres John Pollono's RULES OF SECONDS at The Los Angeles Theatre Center
by George Brietigam - April 03, 2017

Rules of Seconds is easily the best new play that has premiered in Los Angeles this year.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CONVERSATION WITH CHEECH MARIN Reveals His Amazing Life from Pot to Pottery via the Streets of South Central BWW Review: A CONVERSATION WITH CHEECH MARIN Reveals His Amazing Life from Pot to Pottery via the Streets of South Central
by Shari Barrett - April 01, 2017

No doubt those of us who survived protesting the Vietnam War in the mid-60s will remember CHEECH AND CHONG, the comedy duo featuring two very different L.A. street kids who bucked the rules and openly smoked and promoted the use of marijuana at a time when doing so guaranteed a stint in jail. As one... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful and Talented Musical Revue Will Make You ROAR BWW Review: Powerful and Talented Musical Revue Will Make You ROAR
by Ilana Lifshitz - March 31, 2017

ROAR, standing for "Rock On American Resurrection," roared to life Thursday at its opening night at the Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood. In contrast to the intimate, quaint setting of a lobby no larger than my living room and a house whose maximum capacity has to be close to 100, ROAR ... (more...)
BWW Review: LILI MARLENE Musical Centers on a Jewish Family's Need to Escape From 1930s Berlin BWW Review: LILI MARLENE Musical Centers on a Jewish Family's Need to Escape From 1930s Berlin
by Shari Barrett - March 29, 2017

Lili Marlene is the name of the famous German love song that was popular during World War II. The title of the play is in homage to the song, featuring one of the most famous versions sung in 1944 by Marlena Deitrich whose portrait hangs in the show's cabaret. We are told early in the musical that ... (more...)
BWW Review: Taylor and Bologna's LOVE ALLWAYS Enjoys L.A. Premiere at Gray Studios BWW Review: Taylor and Bologna's LOVE ALLWAYS Enjoys L.A. Premiere at Gray Studios
by Shari Barrett - March 27, 2017

Comprised of 10 short plays in 2 acts about the follies and foibles of love and lovers, LOVE ALLWAYS addresses the subjects of love and romance which have long provided great source material for comedy, created from the pens of two proven masters of American comedy. With busy careers in film, televi... (more...)