Los Angeles Theater Reviews
 


Review: The Dance Theatre of Harlem Blissfully Entertains Audiences at The Broad Stage Review: The Dance Theatre of Harlem Blissfully Entertains Audiences at The Broad Stage
by Shari Barrett - April 21, 2018

I was lucky enough to be one of the lucky ones to be in the Broad Stage audience recently when the extraordinary Dance Theatre of Harlem invited Los Angeles audiences, for the first time in way too many years, to join in with them in experiencing the wonders of neo-classical and contemporary ballet ... (more...)
BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex
by Maria Nockin - April 21, 2018

???????On April 20, Pacific Opera Project (POP) presented Mozart's DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex in downtown Los Angeles's arts district. DON GIOVANNI is the perfect choice for a small opera company. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote an opera that required few choristers and contained only eight s... (more...)
BWW Review: Nathan Gunn Aims High with FLYING SOLO at the Laguna Playhouse BWW Review: Nathan Gunn Aims High with FLYING SOLO at the Laguna Playhouse
by Michael Quintos - April 17, 2018

One of America's most accomplished and in-demand Baritones today, Nathan Gunn has one of those deeply lush singing voices that can pierce your heart just as it can effortlessly command the room's attention. He does exactly both with his impressive world premiere one-man show FLYING SOLO which contin... (more...)
BWW Review: Nothing is as it seems in Echo Theater Company's WHAT HAPPENED WHEN BWW Review: Nothing is as it seems in Echo Theater Company's WHAT HAPPENED WHEN
by Ellen Dostal - April 16, 2018

The air between the words is so thick you could cut it with a knife in Daniel Talbott's shadowy play about three siblings attempting to survive their dysfunctional family. Each is broken in his or her own way and, as the hairball unravels, the audience must piece together their fragmented story over... (more...)
BWW Review: Lois Robbins Makes Sense of Her Sexual History in L.O.V.E.R BWW Review: Lois Robbins Makes Sense of Her Sexual History in L.O.V.E.R
by Ellen Dostal - April 14, 2018

Although the details of your own personal experience will be different, almost everyone can identify with Lois Robbins' humorous story of her sexual awakening. An early starter, Robbins began at the age of 3 when she realized that rubbing up against the hard edges of furniture would provide a feelin... (more...)
BWW Review: Mesmerizingly Effective THE INTIMACY EFFECT BWW Review: Mesmerizingly Effective THE INTIMACY EFFECT
by Gil Kaan - April 14, 2018

JTK Productions mounts a strong, involving production of the west coast premiere of playwright Jeff Tabnick's THE INTIMACY EFFECT. Director Eric Hunicutt tightly reins his talented cast of five in a very quick-paced 75 minutes. Smart and timely dialogue flows out of the impassioned actors all.  Thes... (more...)
BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW! BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW!
by Michael Quintos - April 12, 2018

How do you "fix" the misogyny of Shakespeare's now antiquated THE TAMING OF THE SHREW? For playwright Amy Freed, it means injecting it with a noticeable dose of equality empowerment, and then shifting its characters' traits and motivations as if written from a female's perspective. That is the premi... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH. His Story. Her Tragedy. Our Misfortune. BWW Review: MACBETH. His Story. Her Tragedy. Our Misfortune.
by Ellen Dostal - April 12, 2018

This adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy has been reconceptualized to connect with the modern day #MeToo movement by offering an alternative explanation for one of its leading character's actions. It is built on the notion that all of the women are victims of sexual abuse - most specifically... (more...)
Review: Backstage Antics and Humorous Situations in PLAY ON! Will Seem Familiar to Anyone Involved in Amateur Theater Productions Review: Backstage Antics and Humorous Situations in PLAY ON! Will Seem Familiar to Anyone Involved in Amateur Theater Productions
by Shari Barrett - April 10, 2018

Anyone who has ever been involved in a volunteer theatrical production will certainly understand the craziness associated with amateurs attempting to put on a play due to both their lack of acting experience, taking direction, or the maddening interference from its meddling playwright who drops in a... (more...)
Review: THE ALAMO Proves the Only Way to Survive Any Battle is to Never Surrender Your Self Review: THE ALAMO Proves the Only Way to Survive Any Battle is to Never Surrender Your Self
by Shari Barrett - April 09, 2018

Neighborhood bars have always been a gathering place for locals to share drinks and camaraderie in a place far from the responsibilities of work and home life, or in spite of them. Fans of the popular TV show "Cheers" no doubt remember how hanging out in a place where "everyone knows your name" ofte... (more...)
Review: THE ART COUPLE Cleverly Re-Imagines Two Very Different Odd Couples Review: THE ART COUPLE Cleverly Re-Imagines Two Very Different Odd Couples
by Shari Barrett - April 01, 2018

Long before Felix met Oscar, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin were ill-fitting roommates in the south of France, which turned out to be a fateful co-habitation that changed the face of art - as well as Van Gogh's face! Playwright Brendan Hunt cleverly re-imagines these two art masters as the subje... (more...)
Review: BLOODLETTING Opens Center Theatre Group's Block Party 2018 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Review: BLOODLETTING Opens Center Theatre Group's Block Party 2018 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Shari Barrett - April 01, 2018

As it did last year with its first Block Party, Center Theatre Group continues to strengthen its relationships within the Los Angeles theatre community by creating additional avenues for the organization to work with local playwrights, actors, directors and designers to gain more exposure for their ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot This Month on L.A. Stages BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot This Month on L.A. Stages
by Ellen Dostal - March 28, 2018

What made the Hot List? THE ART COUPLE from Sacred Fools Theatre Company at The Broadwater, SELL/BUY/DATE at Geffen Playhouse, and ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at Independent Shakespeare Co.'s new studio theater. Check out the latest recommendations below and go see a show! Reviews by BWW Sr. Editor El... (more...)
BWW Review: 10 Reasons Why THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour at Segerstrom Arts Is Still a Hella Funny, Hella Good Show BWW Review: 10 Reasons Why THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour at Segerstrom Arts Is Still a Hella Funny, Hella Good Show
by Michael Quintos - March 28, 2018

One thing is for certain about THE BOOK OF MORMON: this memorable, whip-smart, and downright gut-busting Broadway musical is still one of the funniest---if not the funniest---musical ever to exist in the 21st Century. The tour's return trip to Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa ... (more...)
BWW Review: Independent Shakespeare Co. Opens New Studio with a Crowd-Pleasing ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL BWW Review: Independent Shakespeare Co. Opens New Studio with a Crowd-Pleasing ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
by Ellen Dostal - March 27, 2018

In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a young hotel manager optimistically states, in the face of every disaster: 'In India we have a saying, 'Everything will be alright in the end. So if it's not alright, it is not yet the end.' ' It's the same idea Shakespeare's heroine touts in ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS ... (more...)
Review: LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL Celebrates the Power of Family to Overcome Life's Challenges Review: LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL Celebrates the Power of Family to Overcome Life's Challenges
by Shari Barrett - March 27, 2018

LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL with book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, is based on the beloved 1869 classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. It's a song-filled adaptation of the touching tale of young love, achieving dreams, and the power of family to overcome even the ... (more...)
Review: NO EXIT by Jean-Paul Sartre Offers an Inside Look at Existentialist Hell Review: NO EXIT by Jean-Paul Sartre Offers an Inside Look at Existentialist Hell
by Shari Barrett - March 25, 2018

Real Art Daily Productions (RADProd) is a new company that produces both film and theatre productions. With concentrated study and education in both classical music and theatre, Georginna Feyst, CEO and Executive Producer, whose reverence for fine art, cinema, theatre and other forms of storytelling... (more...)
Review: ENGAGING SHAW Poses Very Modern Questions on the Battle of the Sexes in 19th Century England Review: ENGAGING SHAW Poses Very Modern Questions on the Battle of the Sexes in 19th Century England
by Shari Barrett - March 20, 2018

ENGAGING SHAW begins in England in 1897 in a comfortable cottage in Stratford, England, where Shaw hopes to complete his new play. As he engages in conversation with his friends, the happily married cottage owners, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, we learn Shaw is a notorious flirt and heartbreaker who enj... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful New Play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Makes World Premiere at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: Powerful New Play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Makes World Premiere at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - March 19, 2018

The tragic events surrounding the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime in mid-70's Cambodia serves as the overarching backdrop that links the past and the (near) present in Lauren Yee's stunning new play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND---which continues its World Premiere production at Orange County's Tony Award-winn... (more...)
BWW Review: PIGS AND CHICKENS Leaves You Hungry For More Substance BWW Review: PIGS AND CHICKENS Leaves You Hungry For More Substance
by Gil Kaan - March 19, 2018

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA's world premiere of playwright Marek Glinski's PIGS AND CHICKENS presents a vivid send-up of exaggerated composites of co-workers Glinski at one time had to work with (as he writes in the program notes). Hard to imagine having to spend forty hours a week working with these... (more...)
BWW Review: AN UNDIVIDED HEART Deserves Your Undivided Attention BWW Review: AN UNDIVIDED HEART Deserves Your Undivided Attention
by Gil Kaan - March 17, 2018

The world premiere of playwright Yusuf Toropov's AN UNDIVIDED HEART receives a stunning mounting by The Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. Director Chris Fields sure-handedly guides his talented cast through the involving story of a passionate young priest striving to do the right thing. ... (more...)
Review: The Joffrey Ballet Presents ROMEO & JULIET with an Incredibly Beautiful Modern Take on Society vs. the Individual Review: The Joffrey Ballet Presents ROMEO & JULIET with an Incredibly Beautiful Modern Take on Society vs. the Individual
by Shari Barrett - March 15, 2018

A story relevant to generations past and present, Shakespeare's cautionary tale of love serves as a modern metaphor for the influence of society over individual freedom. For although the personal journeys of Romeo & Juliet are integral to the tale, this is a love story within a clear social and poli... (more...)
BWW Review: UNEMPLOYED ELEPHANTS, a Predictable Romantic Adventure BWW Review: UNEMPLOYED ELEPHANTS, a Predictable Romantic Adventure
by Ellen Dostal - March 12, 2018

Playwright Wendy Graf is best known for her uniquely dramatic works such as PLEASE DON'T ASK ABOUT BECKET, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, and NO WORD IN GUYANESE FOR ME.  But, in her latest world premiere, UNEMPLOYED ELEPHANTS - A LOVE STORY, she takes a lighter - and more formulaic - approach to her subject.... (more...)
Review: This QUARTET Reminds Us that Life is for the Living Despite the Foibles of Aging Review: This QUARTET Reminds Us that Life is for the Living Despite the Foibles of Aging
by Shari Barrett - March 12, 2018

Perhaps you are one of those people who cringe at opera's lengthy runtimes, rambling plot lines, and the need to read English subtitles rather than pay attention to the overall magnificent scenes being paraded before you. Then again, perhaps you are among the select group of aficionados who relish t... (more...)
BWW Review: Catch The Moon - One Handed Catch! West Side Story In Concert Reached For The Stars And Soared At The McCallum BWW Review: Catch The Moon - One Handed Catch! West Side Story In Concert Reached For The Stars And Soared At The McCallum
by David Green - March 12, 2018

Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old this year, on August 25th to be precise, and there are literally thousands of commemorative events around the globe including performances of symphonies, operas and ballets, lectures, exhibits, and film and music festivals. Last Friday I attended the M... (more...)