Los Angeles Theater Reviews
Los Angeles Home Page | Reviews   
 


BWW Review: Dynamite Production of THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHI*T UP BWW Review: Dynamite Production of THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHI*T UP
by Gil Kaan - August 26, 2016

The thoroughly involving world premiere of playwright Carla Ching's THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHIT UP combines the potent mixture of a witty script with two totally dynamic actors directed in a steady, flowing, non-stop pace of a brisk 90 minutes.  Jeremy Lelliott deftly directs his two brilliantly bel... (more...)
Theatre in Historic Places: THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS at El Molino Viejo Theatre in Historic Places: THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS at El Molino Viejo
by Ellen Dostal - August 25, 2016

Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to enjoy an evening of theatre outdoors in one of the area's loveliest and most unique venues - El Molino Viejo, The Old Mill, in San Marino. I'd never been there before, but since I love historic buildings and grew up on Sunday afternoon westerns, I was immedi... (more...)
BWW Review: Another Resoundingly Special EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY BWW Review: Another Resoundingly Special EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY
by Don Grigware - August 24, 2016

On Monday evening August 22 An Evening of Classic Broadway returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for another resoundingly superb and downright mirthful show. Headed by Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser, this show really grows on you. I love talent, and you can definitely find it here in abundance. On the ... (more...)
BWW Review: Moonlight Amphitheatre Mounts Gorgeous Rendition of the Rarely Seen TITANIC THE MUSICAL BWW Review: Moonlight Amphitheatre Mounts Gorgeous Rendition of the Rarely Seen TITANIC THE MUSICAL
by Don Grigware - August 22, 2016

Despite boasting one of the most gloriously majestic musical scores ever written for a Broadway stage by Maury Yeston in 1997, Titanic the Musical was, no pun intended, a disaster with lukewarm reception from both audience and critics. Come to think of it, how entertaining can a musical be about the... (more...)
BWW Review: Welk Resort Presents Sturdy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE BWW Review: Welk Resort Presents Sturdy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Don Grigware - August 22, 2016

Joseph Kesselring's dark comedy farce Arsenic and Old Lace dates back to 1941 and was made into one hilarious film starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra in 1944. Nevertheless, the comedy is timeless, so it still holds up quite deliciously in 2016. One never tires of murder especially when ... (more...)
BWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse BWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Don Grigware - August 22, 2016

Bipolar disease most often occurs in women creating abnormal behavior patterns, and usually treated with drugs. In the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal, the problem is presented via a wife and mother, Diana (Michelle Lane). Her behavior shows extreme mental instability, and the effects on her h... (more...)
BWW Review: DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL - A PC Sunset Blvd. Gone Awry BWW Review: DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL - A PC Sunset Blvd. Gone Awry
by Gil Kaan - August 22, 2016

Playwright Peter Lefcourt manages to cram every current political hot topic into DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL, his two-act dramedy on the proposed re-make of the classic Sunset Boulevard. DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL's chronicling the beginnings of Gerard, an indie director's quest to cast his remake of the Glo... (more...)
BWW Review: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Posits Feminism Front and Center at Little Fish Theatre BWW Review: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Posits Feminism Front and Center at Little Fish Theatre
by Stacy Davies - August 19, 2016

Under the light of a turbulent society in which women are having discussions and debates about themselves with other women (and men) every day, particularly on social media, Gionfriddo's play climbs to an even more enlightened height.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HOW AND THE WHY Explores a Challenging Relationship Between Two Professional Women Personally Intertwined BWW Review: THE HOW AND THE WHY Explores a Challenging Relationship Between Two Professional Women Personally Intertwined
by Shari Barrett - August 18, 2016

As the eighth production of Little Fish Theatre's 2016 season, THE HOW AND THE WHY written by Sarah Treem, the Emmy-nominated House of Cards writer and producer, continues through September 1, 2016 on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:00pm. The production is directed by Danielle Ozymandies and fe... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Mixes Shakespeare's Classic Romantic Comedy with a Rockin' Song Score BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Mixes Shakespeare's Classic Romantic Comedy with a Rockin' Song Score
by Shari Barrett - August 17, 2016

Director Gloria Gifford takes her job of inspiring upcoming stars in proper stage presentation, and above all, I must commend her for making sure each actor in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at TU Studios understood exactly what they were saying so audience members could not only understand the words but al... (more...)
BWW Review: RTC's Revived CABARET Tour Returns to OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: RTC's Revived CABARET Tour Returns to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - August 16, 2016

CABARET's Tony Award-winning 1998 Broadway revival co-directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, still stands, arguably, as the show's definitive stage iteration. That same vibrant Roundabout Theatre Company production rightly serves as the basis for the newer 2014 revival that is now in the midst of ... (more...)
BWW Review: In COCK TALES: Shame on Me! Debra Ehrhardt Honestly Shares Her Sexual Awakening BWW Review: In COCK TALES: Shame on Me! Debra Ehrhardt Honestly Shares Her Sexual Awakening
by Shari Barrett - August 15, 2016

Cock Tales: Shame on Me! the new and very personal play from Debra Ehrhardt, the award-winning solo artist and writer of the internationally acclaimed Jamaica Farewell, is a remarkably honest tale about how her repressed and very religious childhood was challenged by her discovery of boys' bodies be... (more...)
BWW Review: PRT's Superlative ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Extends BWW Review: PRT's Superlative ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Extends
by Don Grigware - August 15, 2016

1948's Summer and Smoke was rewritten in the 60s by Tennessee Williams and what resulted was a more clearly structured/themed play with the same central characters entitled The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Music teacher Miss Alma (Ginna Carter), daughter of an Episcopal minister Reverend Winemil... (more...)
BWW Review: Hershey Felder Magnificently Channels Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO BWW Review: Hershey Felder Magnificently Channels Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO
by Shari Barrett - August 14, 2016

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the critically-acclaimed Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO from August 10 - 28. Felder channels the great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro's fascinating life filled with trag... (more...)
BWW Review: Star-Powered A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Ruskin Group Theater BWW Review: Star-Powered A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Ruskin Group Theater
by Shari Barrett - August 13, 2016

What makes the current production at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica so special is its Tony Award winning director Lita Gaithers Owens cast Tony Award nominee Starletta DuPois as Lena "Mama" Younger. DuPois has a long history with A RAISIN IN THE SUN having first been cast as Beneatha, the... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SUITCASE Centers on a Dream Held by Many Holocaust Survivors BWW Review: THE SUITCASE Centers on a Dream Held by Many Holocaust Survivors
by Shari Barrett - August 11, 2016

Written by one of Poland's foremost contemporary playwrights, THE SUITCASE at first seems to be nothing more than a fluff piece with things such as balloons being popped and silly songs being sung. But it will surprise you when the story takes hold with the rather comical singing Narrator (Jeff Ala... (more...)
BWW Review: CCPT's AS YOU LIKE IT Moves the Forest of Arden Into Carlson Park BWW Review: CCPT's AS YOU LIKE IT Moves the Forest of Arden Into Carlson Park
by Shari Barrett - August 09, 2016

Culver City Public Theatre opened its 2016 summer season on Saturday, July 16, for 6 weekends of free theatre in Carlson Park, with two plays, 'Frog Tails' at noon, and 'As You Like It' at 2:00, every Saturday and Sunday through August 21. Carlson Park is the perfect seeing at transforming it into ... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICKSPEARE Moves, Audience Laughs, Comedy Wins BWW Review: CHICKSPEARE Moves, Audience Laughs, Comedy Wins
by Ellen Dostal - August 09, 2016

The ladies of CHICKSPEARE are back for another summer of Elizabethan improv, this year indoors in their new home at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. It's been two years since I saw them perform on their lovely outdoor patio in Hollywood and I wondered how the experience would compare. I'm h... (more...)
BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! is a Sophisticated Show-Stopper at Plummer Auditorium BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! is a Sophisticated Show-Stopper at Plummer Auditorium
by Stacy Davies - August 04, 2016

Director Ken Sawyer cemented his show's success when he cast Valerie Perri as the wily matchmaker and backed her up with a host of exceptional players.... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere ALL MY DISTANCES ARE FAR Shares Teen Sessions with School Therapist BWW Review: World Premiere ALL MY DISTANCES ARE FAR Shares Teen Sessions with School Therapist
by Shari Barrett - August 03, 2016

As a former high school teacher who started an alternative program for students who had dropped out, I participated in counselling troubled teens in learning how to deal with challenging circumstances in their lives, be it with parents, siblings, friends, or the desire to find love and respect from ... (more...)
BWW Review: Beautifully Orchestrated EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIE for 10th Anniversary of Sterling's Upstairs BWW Review: Beautifully Orchestrated EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIE for 10th Anniversary of Sterling's Upstairs
by Don Grigware - August 02, 2016

On Sunday July 31 Michael Sterling celebrated 10 years of his cabaret supper club now called Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal with a mega-delightful show headlining the music of his mentor Rosemary Clooney called Everything's Coming Up Rosie. On the bill were two exuberantly talented singers Kerry... (more...)
BWW Review: IN & OF ITSELF, Where Theatre and Magic Become Art BWW Review: IN & OF ITSELF, Where Theatre and Magic Become Art
by Ellen Dostal - August 02, 2016

In 1817, 'poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the phrase 'willing suspension of disbelief' and suggested that if a writer could infuse a 'human interest and a semblance of truth' into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgement concerning the implausibility of the ... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Musically Brings Mad Men to Life Onstage BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Musically Brings Mad Men to Life Onstage
by Shari Barrett - August 01, 2016

Climbing the corporate ladder has always been easy for some and difficult for others. In 1961, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING explained the secrets of success included luck, charm, connections and a willingness to use those things to personal advantage. Fans of the TV show Mad Men... (more...)
BWW Review: BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE: Needs Less Hate and More Empathy BWW Review: BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE: Needs Less Hate and More Empathy
by Gil Kaan - August 01, 2016

In the program notes, playwright Laurel M. Wetzork states one of her primary reasons for writing BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE as, 'It's important that we don't make the same mistakes we've made in the past.' As well-intentioned of Ms. Wetzork to fictionalize the 1941 construction of a Nazi compound in the... (more...)
BWW Review: Sizzling West Coast Premiere of Authorized Tennessee Williams' BABY DOLL at the Fountain BWW Review: Sizzling West Coast Premiere of Authorized Tennessee Williams' BABY DOLL at the Fountain
by Don Grigware - August 01, 2016

I cannot think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than to watch a sizzling stage production of a Tennessee Williams film. Baby Doll, when it first arrived in 1956, was condemned by the Catholic Church for indecency, and because of its lewd poster-sized ad depicting Carroll Baker lying in a ... (more...)






BROADWAYWORLD TV

Generation Me the Musical in Los AngelesGeneration Me the Musical
Hudson Mainstage Theatre
(Runs 9/16 - 10/9)
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
The Studio Theatre at Cal State University Long Beach
(Runs 10/7 - 10/16)
SPAMALOT
Palisades Charter High School
(Runs 9/29 - 10/8)
Mutual Philanthropy in Los AngelesMutual Philanthropy
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA
(Runs 8/27 - 9/25)
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Good Company Players
(Runs 11/9 - 1/7)

VIEW ALL ADD A SHOW AUDITIONS
Backstage with Richard Ridge
Cast of FUN HOME's Broadway Memories
Backstage Bite
BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with Katie Lynch and CURIOUS INCIDENT's Tyler Lea!
Turning the Tables
Binge on TURNING THE TABLES!
  Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow
TV:-LuPone's Autobio - Lands EVITA!
KID CRITICS
Say Yeah to KINKY BOOTS!
BROADWAY SESSIONS
TV: Bway Kids Show Off at BROADWAY SESSIONS!