Tracey Paleo

Tracey Paleo is a Los Angeles Theater Critic, a Board Member, and a full-time Voting Member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.  She is the 2023-24 Awards Co-Chair and Producer of the 2024 LADCC Awards Show. Tracey is also the Publisher, Chief Editor and personality of the arts & culture site Gia On The Move  (since 2009). Her former bylines include FootLights Publishing (Managing Editor, Social Media Director, News Desk, Contributor), Discover Hollywood Magazine (Theater Critic), The Tolucan Times (Theater Critic), and WEHO News (Contributor, Food Critic). Tracey has been a Theater Reviews and occasional Editorial Contributor to Broadway World Los Angeles since 2021.




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Review: MJ THE MUSICAL Moonwalks Into the Hollywood Pantages
Review: MJ THE MUSICAL Moonwalks Into the Hollywood Pantages
December 28, 2023

MJ the Musical currently at the Hollywood Pantages may be the most intimate Michael Jackson biopic yet.

Review: THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY at Geffen Playhouse
Review: THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY at Geffen Playhouse
October 18, 2023

“How to Ruin a Relationship in One Easy Step,”  is a definitive alternate title for, THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY, a smart, little 80-minute, light drama written by Samuel Balm, directed by Darko Tresnjak, currently at the Geffen Playhouse, Gil Cates Theater.

Review: LES MISERABLES at Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Review: LES MISERABLES at Hollywood Pantages Theatre
August 8, 2023

While the new changes to this beloved musical are stunning, this iteration of LES MISÉRABLES fails to recognize human pathos.

Review: QUEEN MARGARET'S VERSION OF SHAKESPEARE'S WAR OF THE ROSES at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Review: QUEEN MARGARET'S VERSION OF SHAKESPEARE'S WAR OF THE ROSES at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
July 10, 2023

Ellen Geer’s new compilation of Shakespeare's best-known history plays does nothing to address the misogynistic, xenophobic views that have led to Margaret of Anjou’s historical presentation (or any other woman’s) as a stereotypical villain. But in other ways, it succeeds in illuminating Margaret as what she actually was - a force to be reckoned with.

Review: EXORCISTIC: THE ROCK MUSICAL at The Three Clubs On Vine
Review: EXORCISTIC: THE ROCK MUSICAL at The Three Clubs On Vine
July 10, 2023

Ten years after its premiere, EXORCISTIC has made a breathtaking return. And as a nod to the 50th Anniversary of “The Exorcist” (the movie), opening night was nothing less than a perfect display of limelight infused celluloid send-up.

Review: TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Pantages Theatre
Review: TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Pantages Theatre
June 19, 2023

Unlike, many of the rock ballads for stage that have been touring out of Broadway, TINA is singular in that it is based and narratively shaped on a real life. And, for once, it makes sense.

Review: A SOLDIER'S PLAY at AMANSON THEATRE
Review: A SOLDIER'S PLAY at AMANSON THEATRE
May 30, 2023

The production values and cast of the Ahmanson Theatre's, A SOLDIER'S PLAY, are absolutely stellar. But, I had to wonder, is this story 'enough' for the younger African-American audiences of today?

Review: AVAAZ At South Coast Repertory
Review: AVAAZ At South Coast Repertory
May 16, 2023

AVAAZ is incredibly sweet.  But so much more. The entire 100 minutes with Michael Shayan is joyous.

Review: PRIVATE LIVES at Independent Shakespeare
Review: PRIVATE LIVES at Independent Shakespeare
April 29, 2023

When you get right down to it, Amanda and Elyot are two people with the enormous blind side of being drawn to one another yet destined to hurt one another; walking a fine line between love and hate, desire and aversion. 

Review: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS At The Geffen
Review: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS At The Geffen
April 18, 2023

Elizabeth McGovern gets downright gritty in a gutsy, full-blown exploration of one of Hollywood’s most meta-femmes fatales in AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS.

Review: TWELFTH NIGHT At The Broadwater Studio Theater
Review: TWELFTH NIGHT At The Broadwater Studio Theater
March 22, 2023

Notwithstanding that this production falls into many classic Shakespeare traps, Foolish Production Company's 1-hour, high-camp, rendition of TWELFTH NIGHT is very well done.

Review: COME GET MAGGIE at Rogue Machine Theatre At The Matrix
Review: COME GET MAGGIE at Rogue Machine Theatre At The Matrix
March 6, 2023

Love may be real and not science fiction.  But Rogue Machine’s attempt at a first musical is so bubble gum, pop-retro, Flash Gordon-y, it’s almost guaranteed to be a runaway hit.

Review: KRISTINA WONG, SWEATSHOP OVERLORD at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Review: KRISTINA WONG, SWEATSHOP OVERLORD at Kirk Douglas Theatre
February 20, 2023

'Like any of the heroines I could possibly reference, Kristina Wong embodies all of them in her own fierce amalgamation.  The result is considerably hysterical in the most unpredictable ways.'

Review: Disney's THE LION KING Wows at the Hollywood Pantages
Review: Disney's THE LION KING Wows at the Hollywood Pantages
February 7, 2023

From the moment Rafiki (Gugwana Dlamini) Shaman of the Pride Lands, heralded her recognizably famous opening note, the audience was uproarious.  Even as long as it’s been around, THE LION KING is still a wonder to behold. 

Review: CLYDE'S at Mark Taper Forum
Review: CLYDE'S at Mark Taper Forum
November 26, 2022

Quite possibly, a perfect production.  Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated CLYDE’S at the Mark Taper Forum is heartfelt, funny, and seriously delicious.

Review: RADIO GOLF at A Noise Within
Review: RADIO GOLF at A Noise Within
November 2, 2022

There is a reason why August Wilson is one of the more prolifically produced playwrights in modern American theater. He just gets it. The same could be said for RADIO GOLF director Gregg T. Daniel.

Review: DESERT STORIES FOR LOST GIRLS at Latino Theatre Company In Association With Native Voices At The Autry
Review: DESERT STORIES FOR LOST GIRLS at Latino Theatre Company In Association With Native Voices At The Autry
October 7, 2022

In this full-circle journey, for the women of DESERT STORIES FOR LOST GIRLS, for us the viewers, and for their future generations, there is the sense that healing is what life for all Native American women absolutely needs to be about.

Review: OKLAHOMA at Ahmanson Theatre
Review: OKLAHOMA at Ahmanson Theatre
September 20, 2022

It seems everybody is having one of two reactions to Director Daniel Fish’s revival of OKLAHOMA! currently playing at the Ahmanson Theatre. But love it or hate it, so much of this update of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s acclaimed 1943 musical in which a farm girl is courted by two rival suitors, works.

Review: LAVENDER MEN at Skylight Theatre
Review: LAVENDER MEN at Skylight Theatre
August 25, 2022

Taffeta’s dialog is often an attack on the audience rather than a composition about Lincoln.  A passive character study with a blow-horn built in so that you don’t doze off into your own fantasy about who she is and what SHE represents.

Review: ACROBUFFOS' AIR PLAY at The Broad Stage
Review: ACROBUFFOS' AIR PLAY at The Broad Stage
July 23, 2022

What did our critic think of ACROBUFFOS' AIR PLAY at The Broad Stage?ACROBUFFOS’ AIR PLAY tells its own story of friendship and fun with a little competition in between through fans and props. It is silly and tender, and one of the most beautiful performances you will ever see. 



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