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BWW Review: Superb Performances Mark Beautifully Poetic THE PRIDE at The Wallis BWW Review: Superb Performances Mark Beautifully Poetic THE PRIDE at The Wallis
by Michael Quintos - June 26, 2017

Fittingly, as most of the world celebrates Gay Pride month, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills is presenting an absorbing, beautifully-poetic production of playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell's drama THE PRIDE, which continues its Los Angeles-area premiere through July 9... (more...)
BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech
by Shari Barrett - June 25, 2017

An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and comedy from Don Rickles to Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, and any other comedian who is now free to speak his/her mind without fear of... (more...)
BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-Telling BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-Telling
by Gil Kaan - June 19, 2017

The expert artistry of words, direction, acting and tech marvelously converge into the current Pasadena Playhouse production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS. Ryun Yu, alone on stage, stunningly and authentically pulls off Jeanne Sakata's detailed depiction of American-born Japanese Gordon Hirabayashi's real-li... (more...)
BWW Review: Snaps!  Cupcake Theater Stages Elle Woods' Adventure to Law School in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL! BWW Review: Snaps! Cupcake Theater Stages Elle Woods' Adventure to Law School in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL!
by George Brietigam - June 19, 2017

The technical bloopers this show experienced would give Spiderman: Turn off the Dark a run for its money. While I still loved this production, I feel like it opened a week before it should have... (more...)
BWW Review: LONDON CALLING, A MUSICAL Doesn't Connect BWW Review: LONDON CALLING, A MUSICAL Doesn't Connect
by Ellen Dostal - June 18, 2017

London Calling, The Clash's third album, is considered by many to be one of the band's greatest achievements. It is also the title of a musical that has been knocking around for the last decade, now being presented at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Using songs by The Clash, it is the story of four b... (more...)
BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS
by Ellen Dostal - June 16, 2017

What a difference one decision makes. Turn a corner, say hello, say nothing, leave - even the smallest of choices has the power to alter our future. In CONSTELLATIONS, Nick Payne's exquisite play for two, now on stage at Geffen Playhouse, we watch the various stages of a couple's relationship play o... (more...)
BWW Review: The Theatre High of hearing John Bucchino play IT'S ONLY LIFE BWW Review: The Theatre High of hearing John Bucchino play IT'S ONLY LIFE
by Ellen Dostal - June 13, 2017

I'm sorry if you missed Art-In-Relation's production of IT'S ONLY LIFE this past weekend because you missed hearing a remarkable musician play his own magnificent songs in a tiny 50-seat theater. To have that luxury is a rare occurrence, even for a city like Los Angeles. It was a breathtaking evenin... (more...)
BWW Review: EMMITT AND AVA is Thought-Provoking Theatre About Family Expectations vs. Artistic Vision BWW Review: EMMITT AND AVA is Thought-Provoking Theatre About Family Expectations vs. Artistic Vision
by Shari Barrett - June 12, 2017

Those of us raised in a home where we knew dating a person of another race would never be accepted will certainly identify with the premise of EMMITT AND AVA, a modern tale of love and loss written and directed by two-time Ovation winner Dominic Hoffman as a Co-Production with Edgemar Center for the... (more...)
BWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic Territory BWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic Territory
by Ellen Dostal - June 11, 2017

Set to an upbeat '80s-style pop rock score, TURBULENCE! is a screwball mash-up of Friday night SyFy comedy classics and Saturday morning cartoons with colorful characters and bright, energetic choreography. Two musical departures - a hokey country 'Hoedown Throwdown' style number (priceless) and a b... (more...)
BWW Review: VOTE! THE MUSICAL - Mixed, The Final Count BWW Review: VOTE! THE MUSICAL - Mixed, The Final Count
by Gil Kaan - June 10, 2017

Above the Curve Theatre mounts a sturdy workshop production of VOTE! THE MUSICAL with loads of potential. Anthony Marquez (nicely underplaying laid-back skater/skier dude Mike) and Angela Cole (fetchingly limning a flirty Muffin) run away with the show's best scenes. Their seduction duet 'D Gates' r... (more...)
BWW Review: Can You Solve the Mystery of HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE? BWW Review: Can You Solve the Mystery of HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE?
by Ellen Dostal - June 08, 2017

Unbound Productions producers Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet and Jeff G. Rack have already proven they can create smart theatre based on classical literature. Their wildly popular Wicked Lit horror series at Mountain View Mausoleum has developed a loyal legion of fans who keep coming back year afte... (more...)
BWW Review: UPSTAIRS - A MUSICAL TRAGEDY Debuts at Hollywood Fringe Festival BWW Review: UPSTAIRS - A MUSICAL TRAGEDY Debuts at Hollywood Fringe Festival
by Michael Quintos - June 08, 2017

Up until the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida a year ago, the deadliest known attack on a gay club in U.S. history happened more than 40 years before at the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana. The events prior to and following that deadly, still unsolved 1973 blaze make up t... (more...)
BWW Review: Emerging Playwright Olivia Cordell Gives Us a Glimpse into the Millennial Psyche with THIS OUR NOW BWW Review: Emerging Playwright Olivia Cordell Gives Us a Glimpse into the Millennial Psyche with THIS OUR NOW
by George Brietigam - June 07, 2017

You will feel like you are drowning when watching this modern love tale... (more...)
BWW Review: Nairoby Otero - A Singular Tour de Force in 'TIL SUNDAY BWW Review: Nairoby Otero - A Singular Tour de Force in 'TIL SUNDAY
by Gil Kaan - June 07, 2017

In her 'TIL SUNDAY, writer/performer Nairoby Otero grabs you the very first moment she hits the stage and then, after 75 minutes, ends her solo show with a wrenching punch in the gut. Otero portrays a number of characters in this one-woman tour de force revealing the story of the real-life struggles... (more...)
BWW Review: Alexandra Billings Musically Shares Intimate Details of her Gender Transformation in S/HE & ME BWW Review: Alexandra Billings Musically Shares Intimate Details of her Gender Transformation in S/HE & ME
by Shari Barrett - June 06, 2017

S/HE & ME chronicles the unvarnished, complex, desperate, and often hilariously wacky story of Billings' life, centering on the transition from the young Scott to the show-stopping Alexandra. She carries the story forward through story and plenty of songs, all of which represent the various life les... (more...)
BWW Review: Characters Defend Their Worth in UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE'S PERSONAE IN PERIL BWW Review: Characters Defend Their Worth in UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE'S PERSONAE IN PERIL
by Ellen Dostal - June 06, 2017

Los Angeles Drama Club jumps into the controversy about rewriting Shakespeare for modern audiences in UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE'S PERSONAE IN PERIL. Part II of a trilogy exploring what has become a sore subject among Shakespeare circles, it takes a strong stand and presents persuasive food for thought i... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB Earns an A+ for Its Delicious Musical Detention BWW Review: THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB Earns an A+ for Its Delicious Musical Detention
by Gil Kaan - June 05, 2017

Kate Pazakis just keeps topping herself with her musical parodies! This time she teams up with Bradley Bredeweg and his Fuse Project for a wildly entertaining THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB. Bredeweg and Pazakis ingeniously take the 'Musical Parody of' concept and 'fuse' a mash-up of John Hughes' classic f... (more...)
BWW Review: A Dark LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS on Top of an Even Darker Hill BWW Review: A Dark LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS on Top of an Even Darker Hill
by George Brietigam - June 05, 2017

Panic! Productions staged the darkest rendition of Little Shop of Horrors I have ever seen.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Winning Nicci Claspell Dominates This DOGFIGHT BWW Review: A Winning Nicci Claspell Dominates This DOGFIGHT
by Gil Kaan - June 04, 2017

With the names of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul  (Oscar winners for La La Land and Tony Award frontrunners for this year's DEAR EVAN HANSEN) attached to DOGFIGHT, one might have high expectations while awaiting the opening notes to sound at The Hudson Mainstage. DOGFIGHT consistently scores with topnotch... (more...)
BWW Review: TITUS SHARKDRONICUS Combines Shakespeare and Sharks for the Fringe BWW Review: TITUS SHARKDRONICUS Combines Shakespeare and Sharks for the Fringe
by Ellen Dostal - June 02, 2017

Shakespeare by way of Gilligan's Island with a cast of hammy knuckleheads is what you'll get in Fiona Austin's TITUS SHARKDRONICUS. There isn't a serious bone in this fish tale's body so leave your sophistication at the door and prepare for an hour of melodrama loosely based on the plot of Titus And... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Offers an Irreverent and Hysterical Musical Comedy About Mismatched Missionaries Sent to Uganda BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Offers an Irreverent and Hysterical Musical Comedy About Mismatched Missionaries Sent to Uganda
by Shari Barrett - June 01, 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, is an incredibly irreverent and hysterical musical comedy about two young Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach and recruit new members to their faith. First staged in 2011, no one is safe from parody as the play satiri... (more...)
BWW Review: ACTUALLY Asks the Audience to Consider if Consent Was Given BWW Review: ACTUALLY Asks the Audience to Consider if Consent Was Given
by Shari Barrett - May 31, 2017

There has been much revealed in legal proceedings relating to what actually constitutes consent when it comes to physical entanglements that somehow go incredibly wrong, thus resulting in a rape charge. Lives can be sidetracked and careers often destroyed upon a court or jurors ruling on who was at... (more...)
BWW Review: Brilliant Writing, Directing, and Acting Enhance the Pulitzer Prize-Winning DINNER WITH FRIENDS at Little Fish Theatre BWW Review: Brilliant Writing, Directing, and Acting Enhance the Pulitzer Prize-Winning DINNER WITH FRIENDS at Little Fish Theatre
by Shari Barrett - May 31, 2017

The current production of DINNER WITH FRIENDS, directed by Mark Piatelli at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, has the audience up close and personal to the cast, so much so you may feel like a fly on the wall witnessing conversations not meant to be heard by strangers. In fact, Margulies' overall "... (more...)
Theatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE Theatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE
by Ellen Dostal - May 31, 2017

The last place you'd expect to find a ballerina is in the middle of the desert; in a bustling city center full of people to fill an audience, yes, but in Death Valley Junction population less than 20? No, in this cultural hot spot, art is found in the shifting sands and sunset-washed mountains where... (more...)
BWW Review: A Thought-Provoking LETTERS TO EVE Stamped With Melodious Vocal Talents BWW Review: A Thought-Provoking LETTERS TO EVE Stamped With Melodious Vocal Talents
by Gil Kaan - May 28, 2017

LETTERS TO EVE's creator Daniel Sugimoto has cast a stage-full of vocal knock-outs to more than ably assist in communicating his loving ode to his grandmother Midori, who was incarcerated in the American concentration camps during WWII. Sugimoto not only details interned life for the imprisoned Japa... (more...)