Los Angeles Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: HAMILTON Who? SPAMILTON Reigns Supreme at the Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: HAMILTON Who? SPAMILTON Reigns Supreme at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - November 16, 2017

For the last 25 years, Gerardo Alessandrini has paid homage to the Great American Musical in the best way he knows how, by skewering it relentlessly. It is an arena where nothing is off limits no diva, no composer, and no quirk of the genre, which is why his FORBIDDEN BROADWAY revues are as belove... (more...)
Review: VINCENT by Leonard Nimoy Staged Featuring Acclaimed French Actor, Jean-Michel Richaud Review: VINCENT by Leonard Nimoy Staged Featuring Acclaimed French Actor, Jean-Michel Richaud
by Shari Barrett - November 14, 2017

I have always been a great fan of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, so much so that I have traveled to the French countryside around the city of Arles to visit several locations featured in his paintings. While driving through the fields on a rainy afternoon, it was easy to imagine the famed painter si... (more...)
BWW Review: McClure & Pascal Bring the Hilarious High-Jinks of SOMETHING ROTTEN! to OC BWW Review: McClure & Pascal Bring the Hilarious High-Jinks of SOMETHING ROTTEN! to OC
by Michael Quintos - November 14, 2017

In a rarity that doesn't happen too often here in Southern California, a brand new national tour of a recent hit Broadway musical has arrived first in Orange County in advance of a much longer sit-down engagement in Los Angeles. And, boy, is this one a marvelous gift from the comedy gods! Behold, la... (more...)
BWW Review: Open Fist Theatre Company Gets DELEARIOUS on Stage BWW Review: Open Fist Theatre Company Gets DELEARIOUS on Stage
by Ellen Dostal - November 13, 2017

Open Fist Theatre Company's revival of Ron West and Phil Swann's musical comedy DELEARIOUS has a lot going on. The production contains three storylines in three different time periods twisted together in a fast-paced, boisterous style that was an award-winning hit for the company in 2008. Nine years... (more...)
BWW Review: Convergence of Fantastic Talents - Writing, Directing & Acting - Make ROTTERDAM a Destination You Need to Visit BWW Review: Convergence of Fantastic Talents - Writing, Directing & Acting - Make ROTTERDAM a Destination You Need to Visit
by Gil Kaan - November 12, 2017

This Skylight Theatre Company's production of playwright Jon Brittain's west coast premiere of ROTTERDAM receives a stunning mounting with a pitch-perfect aligning of talents supporting and complementing each other. Michael A. Shepperd deftly directs his spot-on cast of four bringing to life Brittai... (more...)
BWW Review: PERSONA at REDCAT BWW Review: PERSONA at REDCAT
by Maria Nockin - November 10, 2017

On November 9, 2017, Los Angeles Opera presented Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib's opera PERSONA. Scheib based his libretto on the 1966 film of the same name by iconic Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.... (more...)
Review:  It's Easy to See Your Own Crazy Family in IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER PEOPLE (That Should Be Shot) Review: It's Easy to See Your Own Crazy Family in IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER PEOPLE (That Should Be Shot)
by Shari Barrett - November 06, 2017

No doubt, each of us has those out-of-kilter family members everyone makes fun of for their quirks and strange behaviors when the family gets together for the holidays. After all, don't we all laugh at movies, TV shows and plays designed to make fun of those types of people to make us realize we ar... (more...)
BWW Review: August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN Gets Exquisite New Staging at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN Gets Exquisite New Staging at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - November 06, 2017

Riding the wave of renewed interest in August Wilson's 10 play, American Century Cycle, South Coast Repertory has one particular Wilson drama on their sonar at the moment: GEM OF THE OCEAN, the riveting, epic-sized 2003 drama now continuing at the Costa Mesa theater through November 11. An exquisite... (more...)
BWW Review: Get Yourself CAUGHT For a Fantastic Immersive Experience At Think Tank BWW Review: Get Yourself CAUGHT For a Fantastic Immersive Experience At Think Tank
by Gil Kaan - November 04, 2017

For a most wonderfully complete, immersive theatre/gallery experience; get yourself, and anyone you like, to Think Tank Gallery in Downtown L.A. to catch the Los Angeles premiere of Christopher Chen's Obie Award-winning CAUGHT. So easy to see why Chen won his 2016 Obie, with the substantial food for... (more...)
BWW Review: A Radiant June Angela Dominates YOHEN BWW Review: A Radiant June Angela Dominates YOHEN
by Gil Kaan - November 02, 2017

The Robey Theatre Company has teamed up with East West Players to present an intriguing production of YOHEN directed by Ben Guillory. How generous an actor Danny Glover to cede the East West stage to June Angela's dominating performance of Sumi, the traditional, meek Japanese housewife finally comin... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful Lead Performance Elevates END OF THE RAINBOW at La Mirada Theatre BWW Review: Powerful Lead Performance Elevates END OF THE RAINBOW at La Mirada Theatre
by Michael Quintos - November 02, 2017

Peter Quilter's unfiltered, devastatingly intense play, END OF THE RAINBOW, recounts the final months leading up to the death of one of the world's most iconic, treasured stars, Judy Garland, in her lowest depths of despair as she attempts a 'comeback' on the London stage. Now back in Southern Calif... (more...)
BWW Review: Inspired by a True Story, THE RED DRESS Reminds Us of a Time We Must Never Forget BWW Review: Inspired by a True Story, THE RED DRESS Reminds Us of a Time We Must Never Forget
by Shari Barrett - November 01, 2017

When playwright Tania Wisbar was growing up as a girl in America, her mother shared little about her past in wartime Germany, other than Tania came from a very well-placed and highly respected film family. With her parents divorced, there was not much else Tania knew about her family history, at lea... (more...)
BWW Review: LA BELLE ET LA BETE at The Theatre at Ace Hotel BWW Review: LA BELLE ET LA BETE at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
by Maria Nockin - October 29, 2017

LA BELLE ET LA B TE is a post World War II romantic fantasy film written and directed by Jean Cocteau. For the Los Angeles Opera version, Philip Glass replaced Georges Auric's original sound track with a complete opera score. On October 28, 2017, L. A. Opera presented the work, sung live and coordin... (more...)
BWW Review: A FEMININE ENDING - An Incredible Showcase for the Talented Pilar Holland BWW Review: A FEMININE ENDING - An Incredible Showcase for the Talented Pilar Holland
by Gil Kaan - October 29, 2017

The SRS Production Wing debuts its inaugural production with the fearless choice of playwright Sarah Treem's a feminine ending. Treem seamlessly and generously weaves music terminology into her descriptive expositions out of the mouth of her main character Amanda. Pilar Holland IS Amanda. The charis... (more...)
BWW Review: SEE/SAW Magician Siegfried Tieber Amazes Close-Up Audience Conjuring Unbelievable Playing Card Manipulations BWW Review: SEE/SAW Magician Siegfried Tieber Amazes Close-Up Audience Conjuring Unbelievable Playing Card Manipulations
by Shari Barrett - October 28, 2017

With his unique combination of an Austrian father ( my name ) and Colombian mother ( my hair ) who raised him in Ecuador ( my accent ), as well as his incredibly animated face which he knows how to use to maximum dramatic effect during each and every trick, Siegfried is a true wonder to behold. Dur... (more...)
BWW Review: TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK - Smartly Written & Brilliantly Acted BWW Review: TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK - Smartly Written & Brilliantly Acted
by Gil Kaan - October 28, 2017

The world premiere of Robert Allan Ackerman's two-hander TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK receives a strong mounting from Studio C Artists and Combined Artform. Ackerman's intricate, smart and very descriptive script depicts the meeting of theatre producer Greg and playwright Brendan at Brendan's remote cottage i... (more...)
BWW Review: NEW YORK WATER Changes Hue as Often as Romantic Involvements Do BWW Review: NEW YORK WATER Changes Hue as Often as Romantic Involvements Do
by Shari Barrett - October 26, 2017

NEW YORK WATER, a comedy written by Sam Bobrick and directed by Howard Teichman, is being produced by Bill Froggatt and Howard Teichman for West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Pico Playhouse in West LA through December 17, 2017. The title refers to the quality of New York tap water for drinking: It's u... (more...)
Review: THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW Offers an Over-the-Top Look at Sex, Life, and Love Review: THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW Offers an Over-the-Top Look at Sex, Life, and Love
by Shari Barrett - October 25, 2017

First produced in the mid-1980s, John Patrick Shanley's THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW holds interest as an early work by the multi-award-winning playwright who went on to win the Pulitzer for DOUBT and an Oscar for MOONSTRUCK. His early play offers musings about life, sex, death and relationships,... (more...)
BWW Review: Impactful COLLECTED STORIES Is Cunning, Clever And A Delight To Watch BWW Review: Impactful COLLECTED STORIES Is Cunning, Clever And A Delight To Watch
by Ilana Lifshitz - October 22, 2017

I sat down inside the 55-seat Dorie Theater at the Complex and started bopping along to the music, Gin Blossom's Hey Jealousy. I admired the set: It was made up of furniture with warm maroons and browns. It felt homey and inviting. A few other people trickled in while New Radicals' You Get What Y... (more...)
Review: Joe Morton Embodies Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory in TURN ME LOOSE Review: Joe Morton Embodies Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory in TURN ME LOOSE
by Shari Barrett - October 22, 2017

TURN ME LOOSE explores the influential life of 1960s comic genius Dick Gregory, the first Black stand-up to make white audiences laugh at the absurdity of bigotry. The play reveals how the power of activism enticed Gregory from one of the most successful show business careers of the postwar era into... (more...)
Review: UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL Examines a Biblical Myth via Evidence Collected About Long-Overdue Library Book Review: UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL Examines a Biblical Myth via Evidence Collected About Long-Overdue Library Book
by Shari Barrett - October 20, 2017

The plot unfolds during a public presentation during which The Librarian recounts an impressive amount of Lovely Evidences he accumulated during his worldwide search for answers about the person who returned a long-overdue book, truly a most whirlwind journey that occupied his every waking minute. ... (more...)
Review: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALS Review: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALS
by Shari Barrett - October 17, 2017

Thanks to the magnificent performance of handsome and muscular Adam Hollick, there is an overwhelming Spiritual Presence that shines within Joseph, a power that allows him to overcome every obstacle in his way. He rises above being separated from his loved ones, sold to nomads traveling through the... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KAIDAN PROJECT Immerses its Audience in an Epic Ghost Story BWW Review: THE KAIDAN PROJECT Immerses its Audience in an Epic Ghost Story
by Ellen Dostal - October 16, 2017

Horror houses are not my thing. Knott's Scary Farm, Reign of Terror, Universal's Halloween Horror Nights...you can keep them. But tell me a good ghost story and I'm in. Put me in the middle of an immersive theatrical ghost story as artistically beautiful and complex as it is otherworldly and I'm in ... (more...)
BWW Review: CalRep Shines Light on a Woman's Struggle For Freedom in Powerful Production of MACHINAL at CSULB BWW Review: CalRep Shines Light on a Woman's Struggle For Freedom in Powerful Production of MACHINAL at CSULB
by Erica Garcia - October 16, 2017

CSULB's Powerful Production of MACHINAL Shines Light on a Woman's Struggle For Freedom in Cal Rep's 29th Season... (more...)
BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Presents Engaging World Premiere Play CURVE OF DEPARTURE BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Presents Engaging World Premiere Play CURVE OF DEPARTURE
by Michael Quintos - October 16, 2017

In Rachel Bonds' beautifully-acted and cleverly written new play CURVE OF DEPARTURE---now finishing up its too-brief World Premiere run at Orange County's South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through October 15---characters are confronted with unexpected events that forces them to make such choices f... (more...)