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BWW Review: Julia Megenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey Theatre BWW Review: Julia Megenes Lovingly Shares DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC at the Odyssey Theatre
by Shari Barrett - February 26, 2017

Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes has returned to L.A. with the world premiere of DEBUSSY: HIS LETTERS AND MUSIC, her newest musical portrait of legendary French composer Claude Debussy. Her exploration of his life - his youth, his determination to find his own musical path while battling the more co... (more...)
BWW Review: Cal State Long Beach's Theatre Arts Department Gets Geeky with SHE KILLS MONSTERS BWW Review: Cal State Long Beach's Theatre Arts Department Gets Geeky with SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by George Brietigam - February 20, 2017

Cal State Long Beach's spring season is off to a strong start, and their upcoming shows have a tough act to follow.... (more...)
BWW Review: LIANA AND BEN - A Stunning Technical Marvel BWW Review: LIANA AND BEN - A Stunning Technical Marvel
by Gil Kaan - February 20, 2017

Circle X Theatre Co.'s world premiere of playwright Susan Rubin's LIANA AND BEN presents one of the best technical productions I've seen in small LA theatres. Walking into the Atwater Village Theatre, more than a number of entering audience members do a double take at the optical illusion right in f... (more...)
BWW Review: Chance Theater Amuses with New Video Game-Inspired Musical CLAUDIO QUEST BWW Review: Chance Theater Amuses with New Video Game-Inspired Musical CLAUDIO QUEST
by Michael L. Quintos - February 20, 2017

Video games get the musical comedy treatment in CLAUDIO QUEST, a clever new musical now having its West Coast Premiere performances at Orange County's Chance Theater through February 26 in Anaheim. Those familiar with the 8-bit characters of games like Super Mario Bros. will be amused by the adventu... (more...)
BWW Review: UMPO MEAN GURLZ - Perfectly Wicked Entertainment! BWW Review: UMPO MEAN GURLZ - Perfectly Wicked Entertainment!
by Gil Kaan - February 17, 2017

UMPO's continues its winning recipe for a raucous evening of laughs and musicality with its latest production THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF MEAN GURLZ. Take one part cult film favorite. Separate out the funny situations accenting them with witty, new lines. Add hit pop songs, repurposed to adva... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood Pantages BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood Pantages
by Ellen Dostal - February 16, 2017

If Dorothy in THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZĀ had run away from home and found this traveling circusĀ instead of Professor Marvel and his crystal ball, she might never have gotten swept up in a twister and landed in Munchkinland. Instead, she might have become part of a new family, the kind that traveled ... (more...)
BWW Review: East West's FREE OUTGOING Effectively Posits A Subject Matter No Parent Ever Wants to Face BWW Review: East West's FREE OUTGOING Effectively Posits A Subject Matter No Parent Ever Wants to Face
by Gil Kaan - February 16, 2017

East West Players' new Artistic Director Snehal Desai ambitiously tackles the US premiere of playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar's FREE OUTGOING as his directorial debut. FREE OUTGOING centers on a single mother and her two teenagers living in a very conservative Chennai, India. Strong performances fro... (more...)
BWW Review: Oh What a Night with CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION at the Broad Stage BWW Review: Oh What a Night with CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION at the Broad Stage
by Shari Barrett - February 14, 2017

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica recently presented the one and only spectacular Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique, one-night solo concert event - CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION, and I can honestly tell you the girl's still got it and knows exactly how to use it to bring Broadwa... (more...)
BWW Review: Thrilling Production of MOBY DICK Swims into South Coast Repertory BWW Review: Thrilling Production of MOBY DICK Swims into South Coast Repertory
by Michael L. Quintos - February 13, 2017

Hands down, this incredibly absorbing stage adaptation of MOBY DICK is one of the most stunning and enthralling pieces of theater I have had the privilege of experiencing from a Southern California stage. Continuing through February 19 at Orange County's Tony Award-winning regional theater in Costa ... (more...)
BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - February 13, 2017

Pulling double duty as both playwright and star, Dan Castellaneta portrays Oscar Levant in his latest new work, FOR PIANO AND HARPO. Levant was a concert pianist, and contemporary of George Gershwin, whose genius gave him entree into the glittering worlds of classical music, Broadway, and Hollywood ... (more...)
BWW Review:  The British Invade Beverly Hills with 946: AN AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS BWW Review: The British Invade Beverly Hills with 946: AN AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS
by George Brietigam - February 13, 2017

946 offers two and a half hours of eye-candy and magic.... (more...)
BWW Review: LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN - One Man. One Mic. 40 Characters. Injustice Revealed. BWW Review: LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN - One Man. One Mic. 40 Characters. Injustice Revealed.
by Shari Barrett - February 12, 2017

The Actors' Gang is presenting the groundbreaking multimedia production LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN, a solo show written and performed by Bryonn Bain and directed by Gina Belafonte, which tells Bryonn Bain's true story of racial profiling and wrongful incarceration at the hands of New York City police and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Amazing Performances Highlight A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Geffen BWW Review: Amazing Performances Highlight A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Geffen
by Shari Barrett - February 10, 2017

Los Angeles audiences now have the chance to see brilliant performances as The Geffen Playhouse is presenting O'Neill's masterpiece featuring Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek and Tony nominee Alfred Molina as leads Mary Cavan Tyrone and James Tyrone, along with Angela Goethals as Cathleen, Stephen Louis ... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere Play FUGU Recounts a World War II Immigration Tale Full of Danger and Romantic Intrigue BWW Review: World Premiere Play FUGU Recounts a World War II Immigration Tale Full of Danger and Romantic Intrigue
by Shari Barrett - February 08, 2017

The story of FUGU, a world premiere play written by Howard Teichman and Steven G. Simon which Teichman also directs and produces, takes place at a time just prior to the United States' entry into World War II. Suggested by true events, it recounts the efforts of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara wh... (more...)
BWW Review: WOLFGANG AMADEUS GROUNDLING - A Classic Symphony of Laughs For Your Honest Enjoyment BWW Review: WOLFGANG AMADEUS GROUNDLING - A Classic Symphony of Laughs For Your Honest Enjoyment
by Gil Kaan - February 06, 2017

The Groundlings' current laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show WOLFGANG AMADEUS GROUNDLING had their sold-out house howling at their collective expertise in mining comedy gold from the most un-amusing of situations - divorce, alcoholism, being laid off, impotence, embarrassing parents. The talen... (more...)
BWW Review: JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE - Four Clowns' Latest Well-Oiled Gem of Silliness BWW Review: JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE - Four Clowns' Latest Well-Oiled Gem of Silliness
by Gil Kaan - February 06, 2017

In JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE, Four Clowns cleverly re-envisions a probable pre-war encounter leading up to the historical 1814 Battle of New Orleans as a vaudeville skit, possibly and unintentionally drawing parallels to today's political climate. Funt as General Andrew Jackson and Carroll as Ca... (more...)
BWW Review: In EVERY BRILLIANT THING, Jonny Donahoe Charms Spectators into Playing Key Roles in his Life BWW Review: In EVERY BRILLIANT THING, Jonny Donahoe Charms Spectators into Playing Key Roles in his Life
by Shari Barrett - February 05, 2017

When we entered The Edye at The Broad Stage to see Jonny Donahoe's solo show EVERY BRIILIANT THING, we were handed pieces of paper with a number and a phrase after being asked if we would be willing to participate when called upon to read the contents when our number was called. Of course, we agree... (more...)
BWW Review: Kurt Weill's Final Musical Masterpiece LOST IN THE STARS Makes its Triumphant Return to Los Angeles BWW Review: Kurt Weill's Final Musical Masterpiece LOST IN THE STARS Makes its Triumphant Return to Los Angeles
by Shari Barrett - January 31, 2017

I first heard about Kurt Weill's final musical masterpiece, LOST IN THE STARS, when I was studying his body of work during my senior year at CSUN. It was at a time, such as now, when society was being torn apart by opposing political forces, protests filled the streets, and racial inequality was bei... (more...)
BWW Review: One Down Nine to Go:  
KING HEDLEY II Kicks off Television Actress' Pledge to Stage All 10 August Wilson Century Cycle Plays in LA. BWW Review: One Down Nine to Go: KING HEDLEY II Kicks off Television Actress' Pledge to Stage All 10 August Wilson Century Cycle Plays in LA.
by George Brietigam - January 30, 2017

A little bit of King Hedley's ambition might have rubbed off on television actress turned theatrical producer Sophina Brown. Better known as Nikki Betancourt from CBS's hit NUMB3RS, Brown has delved into the Los Angeles 99-seat theatre scene with the goal of producing all ten of August Wilson's pla... (more...)
BWW Review: FUTURE SEX, INC. - The New Musical That Sucks So Hard But Feels So Good BWW Review: FUTURE SEX, INC. - The New Musical That Sucks So Hard But Feels So Good
by George Brietigam - January 30, 2017

This repulsive piece of filth has cult following written all over it.... (more...)
BWW Review: Alex Lyras Tour de Forces in His PLASTICITY BWW Review: Alex Lyras Tour de Forces in His PLASTICITY
by Gil Kaan - January 30, 2017

The world premiere of PLASTICITY, a one-man show featuring Alex Lyras as an entire cast of characters, has the great fortune of a multi-talented performer in Lyras interpreting a very detailed script written by Lyras and Robert McCaskill. McCaskill ably directs his sole actor at a quick pace, with L... (more...)
BWW Review: Fun and Cheeky MATILDA - The Musical Amuses at Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Fun and Cheeky MATILDA - The Musical Amuses at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - January 27, 2017

MATILDA - THE MUSICAL, overall, is genuinely a fun time. It's a cheeky, kid-friendly (and, really, kid-catering) stage musical that has plenty for both kids and their parents to enjoy together. Featuring lively songs by Tim Michin and a witty, yet easily digestible book by Dennis Kelly, MATILDA - TH... (more...)
BWW Review: BECKETT5 Shares the Playwright's Bleak Absurdist Style in Five Short Plays BWW Review: BECKETT5 Shares the Playwright's Bleak Absurdist Style in Five Short Plays
by Shari Barrett - January 26, 2017

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, and is best known for his play Waiting for Godot which launched his career in theater. He then went on to write numerous successful full-lengt... (more...)
BWW Review: An Elegant Revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS Soars in La Mirada BWW Review: An Elegant Revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS Soars in La Mirada
by Ellen Dostal - January 25, 2017

Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS is the kind of musical you often find produced in small theaters and black boxes. Written for a cast of two, it can be done very simply without much in the way of a set or props making it a popular choice for those with a limited budget or other technical con... (more...)
BWW Review: GLORIOUS! Shares Florence Foster Jenkins' Lack of Musical Talent with Comedic Flare BWW Review: GLORIOUS! Shares Florence Foster Jenkins' Lack of Musical Talent with Comedic Flare
by Shari Barrett - January 25, 2017

Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre is sharing the comedy so prevalent in Florence Foster Jenkins performances by presenting "GLORIOUS! the True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in The World" written by Peter Quilter through February 5, 2017. It is a hilarious and heart-warming c... (more...)