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Review: Gleeful GREASE Revs Up Nostalgia in La Mirada Photo Review: Gleeful GREASE Revs Up Nostalgia in La Mirada
by Michael Quintos - January 27, 2023

Despite outdated, cringe-inducing tropes, McCoy Rigby Entertainment's new production of this ubiquitous rock-and-roll stage musical---now on stage at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through February 12---manages to still entertain thanks mostly to the superb musical numbers energetical...
Review: HOME FRONT at Victory Theatre Center Photo Review: HOME FRONT at Victory Theatre Center
by Evan Henerson - January 22, 2023

“On a night like this, anything can happen,” says Lt. James Walker, “The world is never going to be the way it was.” In a strong West Coast premiere at the Victory Theatre directed by Maria Gobetti, Warren Leight’s gut punch of a play, HOME FRONT, proceeds to prove Lt. Walker both correct and devast...
Review: Donna McKechnie in TAKE ME TO THE WORLD: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM at Cat Photo Review: Donna McKechnie in TAKE ME TO THE WORLD: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM at Catalina Jazz Club
by Valerie-Jean Miller - January 20, 2023

Read BroadwayWorld's review of Donna McKechnie in Take Me To The World: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim at Catalina Jazz Club. ...
Review: MEAN GIRLS at Pantages Theatre Photo Review: MEAN GIRLS at Pantages Theatre
by Harker Jones - January 11, 2023

Despite some deficiencies in the script, MEAN GIRLS still skyrockets in ways most large-scale musicals don’t these days. The young talent on the stage is astonishing and you’ll leave the show wanting to both download the original cast recording and stream the film....
Review: THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK at Montalban Theatre Photo Review: THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK at Montalban Theatre
by Evan Henerson - December 28, 2022

Skillfully melding elements of traditional strip tease with a knowledge and deep affection of the STAR WARS franchise, THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK figures to attract both leering dude bros and sci-fi obsessed geeks, to say nothing of the curious....
Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Ahmanson Theatre Photo Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Ahmanson Theatre
by Evan Henerson - December 22, 2022

Watching the mega-blast that is AIN’T TOO PROUD, the musical written by Dominick Morisseau based on the group’s history, this critic wanted nothing more than to be able to move like the members of Des McAnuff’s cast even for five minutes....
Review: THE TRISTAN PROJECT at LA Philharmonic Photo Review: THE TRISTAN PROJECT at LA Philharmonic
by Andrew Child - December 20, 2022

It is difficult to imagine a better team than conductor Gustavo Dudamel and director Peter Sellars to allow Wagner’s score to freely and mystically float through the Walt Disney Concert Hall uninhibited by stage mechanics and repurpose every inch of the space to paint reverberating aural images....
Review: DIE HEART at Troubadour Theater Co. At The Colony Theatre Photo Review: DIE HEART at Troubadour Theater Co. At The Colony Theatre
by Evan Henerson - December 14, 2022

Serving up a stage adaptation of DIE HARD featuring the music of Heart, the Troubies have once again given L.A. theatergoers a plum of a yuletide gift to unwrap and savor....
Review: Musical Theatre West Charms with Lovely New Production of CINDERELLA Musical Photo Review: Musical Theatre West Charms with Lovely New Production of CINDERELLA Musical
by Michael Quintos - December 14, 2022

While many of the well-meaning narrative tweaks and modernized additions do seem slightly forced and somewhat at odds with the story's original innocence, for the most part, this revised CINDERELLA is a genuinely entertaining, effectively escapist musical filled with joy and magic. MTW's production ...
Review: PROMISES, PROMISES at Lonny Chapman Theatre Photo Review: PROMISES, PROMISES at Lonny Chapman Theatre
by Cary Ginell - December 12, 2022

What did our critic think of PROMISES, PROMISES at Lonny Chapman Theatre? Excellent leads and good singing highlight this attractive show....
Review: BOB BAKER'S NUTCRACKER at Bob Baker Marionette Theater Photo Review: BOB BAKER'S NUTCRACKER at Bob Baker Marionette Theater
by Andrew Child - December 11, 2022

BBMT is currently delivering a treat for all ages with their spunky rendition of Tchaikovsky’s popular Christmas ballet, complete with a team of evil mice, gracefully dancing sugarplum fairies, a growing Christmas tree, and all manner of delightful surprises....
Review: INVINCIBLE: THE MUSICAL At Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Photo Review: INVINCIBLE: THE MUSICAL At Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts
by Evan Henerson - December 09, 2022

Misfiring on a lot of levels though it does, the production’s world premiere, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, has no shortage of electricity. Greene’s young and spirited ensemble pumps away to some quite familiar songs and to others that are less well-known. ...
Review: ANNIE at Dolby Theatre Photo Review: ANNIE at Dolby Theatre
by Harker Jones - December 02, 2022

With the state of the world these days, we need a heroine like Annie. With her positive outlook, her moxie, she should be a role model of hopefulness. We just need a better Annie. And Annie deserves a better vehicle....
Review: THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL at East West Players Photo Review: THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL at East West Players
by Evan Henerson - November 30, 2022

Prince Gomolvilas’s tale of a pair of aspiring sibling ghostbusters is actually a shrewd rumination on cultural identity and the processing of grief that also happens to contain – in director Jeff Liu’s solid production – some first-rate scares....
Review: CLYDE'S at Mark Taper Forum Photo Review: CLYDE'S at Mark Taper Forum
by Tracey Paleo - 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: BROKEN STORY at The Sherry Theater Photo Review: BROKEN STORY at The Sherry Theater
by Harker Jones - November 23, 2022

The set-up of BROKEN STORY is interesting, it just never catches fire in this lackluster production....
Review: Jessica Vosk is Beguiling in Solo Cabaret Debut at OC's Segerstrom Center Photo Review: Jessica Vosk is Beguiling in Solo Cabaret Debut at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - November 21, 2022

Broadway fan favorite Jessica Vosk's solo cabaret debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts---which opened Thursday, November 17, 2022 and continues for two additional shows through Saturday, November 19---is, quite possibly, the most enjoyable cabaret concert this reviewer has experienced at the Cent...
Review: MINDPLAY at The Geffen Playhouse Photo Review: MINDPLAY at The Geffen Playhouse
by Andrew Child - November 20, 2022

Vinny DePonto is an extraordinarily engaging performer who, in front of a simple white backdrop, captivates the crowd like a bonafide vaudevillian....
Review: THE PENELOPIAD at City Garage Photo Review: THE PENELOPIAD at City Garage
by Evan Henerson - November 18, 2022

Where the much-acclaimed TV adaptation of Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE coincides with the heat of the #MeToo movement, not every Atwood adaptation is created equal....
Review: Overwhelming Splendor Arrives with MOULIN ROUGE! at OC's Segerstrom Center Photo Review: Overwhelming Splendor Arrives with MOULIN ROUGE! at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - November 17, 2022

Loosely adapted from Baz Luhrmann's 1999 hit movie, the campy, sensory overload that is the Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL---now playing at OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through November 27, 2022---is an entertaining pop-music-tinged feast for the senses....
Review: Eagle Rock Theatre Company's UNSEEN SHEPARD at Edinburgh Fringe Festival Photo Review: Eagle Rock Theatre Company's UNSEEN SHEPARD at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
by Ani Arutyunyan - November 12, 2022

What did our critic think of UNSEEN SHEPARD at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022?...
Review: AURORA'S SUNRISE Animated Movie: Presenting Her Story to the World Photo Review: AURORA'S SUNRISE Animated Movie: Presenting Her Story to the World
by Ani Arutyunyan - November 12, 2022

'Aurora's Sunrise' turns a family story into history: 15 years old Arshaluys (her name was changed to Aurora in the US when she entered this country through Ellis Island) - an Armenian genocide survivor who miraculously escaped from death in the Ottoman harem, first fleeing to Saint-Petersburg, then...
Review: 2:22 A GHOST STORY at Ahmanson Theatre Photo Review: 2:22 A GHOST STORY at Ahmanson Theatre
by Harker Jones - November 07, 2022

It doesn’t help that director Matthew Dunster plays much of Danny Robins’ script for laughs when it could have been amping up some suspense. It would have been more cohesive and had a bigger impact if it hadn’t played as a comedy for most of its 2-hour run time, though it wouldn’t have been enough t...
Review: Excellent Performances Empower A FEW GOOD MEN at La Mirada Photo Review: Excellent Performances Empower A FEW GOOD MEN at La Mirada
by Michael Quintos - November 04, 2022

Undeniably compelling but also, at times, comfortably predictable, Aaron Sorkin's A FEW GOOD MEN is, for all intents and purposes, really a showcase for enthralling live acting performances. The McCoy Rigby Entertainment production continues at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through N...
Review: RADIO GOLF at A Noise Within Photo Review: RADIO GOLF at A Noise Within
by Tracey Paleo - November 02, 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....