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Review: DESIGN FOR LIVING at Odyssey Theatre
by Amanda Callas - Jul 13, 2024


A glamorous, pansexual, queer 1930s romp through the world of artists, playwrights, interior decorators, and their lovers, Design for Living was an instant hit with the sold-out audience on the afternoon I attended, who loved every minute of it.

Photos: First Look at DESIGN FOR LIVING at The Odyssey; Opens Tonight
by Blair Ingenthron - Jul 6, 2024


A rare revival of “Design for Living,” Noël Coward’s witty, charming romantic comedy that was banned in 1930s London for its risqué content and bawdy themes, opens this weekend at the Odyssey Theatre in a production directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Check out the photos here!

Bart DeLorenzo to Direct Noël Coward's DESIGN FOR LIVING at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2024


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present Design for Living, a witty and charming romantic comedy by Noël Coward that was banned in 1930s London for its risqué content and bawdy themes. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets.

Interview: Bart DeLorenzo on Directing Richard Eyre's Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS
by Shari Barrett - Sep 7, 2022


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of what may be Henrik Ibsen's most controversial play, Ghosts, adapted by acclaimed British director Richard Eyre and directed by Bart DeLorenzo, a Los Angeles-based theater director and producer who is the founding artistic director of the Evidence Room theater, a 17-year-old company renowned in Los Angeles for contemporary theater productions. I decided to speak with Bart about what led him to direct this new adaptation at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble to Present L.A. Premiere of Richard Eyre's Adaptation of Ibsen's GHOSTS in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 26, 2022


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present the Los Angeles premiere of an electrifying adaptation, by acclaimed British director Richard Eyre, of what may be Henrik Ibsen’s most controversial play. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, Ghosts will kick off with two public previews on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.

TCG Announces Seema Sueko To Receive Alan Schneider Director Award
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022


Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, proudly announces that Seema Sueko has been awarded the Alan Schneider Director Award. The Award was established in honor of Alan Schneider's significant contribution to theatre in the U.S. and his lifelong commitment to the development of career opportunities for freelance directors.

BWW Interview: Sandra Tsing Loh THE BITCH IS BACK - This Time With Special Guests
by Gil Kaan - Jun 16, 2021


Sandra Tsing Loh streams her 2015 comedic hit THE BITCH IS BACK for The Broad Stage, beginning June 23, 2021. This streaming performance of THE BITCH IS BACK recorded live will be complemented with added live talkbacks featuring special guests Marlo Thomas, Caroline Aaron, Marilu Henner, Melanie Mayron and JoBeth Williams. The ever-industrious Sandra made some time between frequent COVID-safe book-signing/lawn parties to answer a few of my queries.

THE B**CH IS BACK Will Be Performed at Broad Stage This Month
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2021


The Bitch is Back is a hilarious, free-wheeling 70-minute solo comedy cabaret piece ostensibly on menopause, middle-age, and mothering.  The demographics are astounding.  Although women over 40 disappear from film and TV (until reappearing as Jane Fonda at 80+), more than 1 out of 2 American women are 45 and up; at 50 million, this is the largest swarm of menopausal women in history.  

Center Theatre Group Digital Stage Presents AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, ROMEO AND JULIET & More This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2020


Center Theatre Group Digital Stage has announced their schedule for this week, December 7-13. Premieres include “August: Osage County”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man”.

TCG Announces Daniel Banks Received Alan Schneider Director Award
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2020


Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, has announced that Daniel Banks has been awarded the Alan Schneider Director Award.

L.A. Theatre Works to Stream LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART For Free Through April In Honor of Terrence McNally
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2020


L.A. Theatre Works will offer free streaming access to its recording of Lips Together, Teeth Apart from now through the end of April as a posthumous tribute to playwright Terrence McNally, who died on March 24.

Sandra Tsing Loh's Hilarious Holiday Classic SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Begins 3-Week Run At East West Players
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 25, 2019


NPR personality, best-selling author and performer Sandra Tsing Loh makes her East West Players (EWP) debut with a new staging of her whimsical holiday tale Sugar Plum Fairy, Dec. 5-23, directed by Bart DeLorenzo and co-starring Shannon Holt and Tony Abatemarco. Tickets are on sale now at www.eastwestplayers.org.

Photo Flash: Theatre of NOTE Presents The World Premiere Of DRIVING WILDE
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 23, 2019


Theatre of NOTE continues its 2019 season with the world premiere of DRIVING WILDE by Jacqueline Wright, directed by Bart DeLorenzo.  DRIVING WILDE will preview Friday and Saturday, August 16 and August 17 at 8pm, and will open on August 22 at 8pm and run through September 21 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.                                                                            

Theatre of NOTE Presents the World Premiere of DRIVING WILDE
by Julie Musbach - Jul 15, 2019


Theatre of NOTE continues its 2019 season with the world premiere of DRIVING WILDE by Jacqueline Wright, directed by Bart DeLorenzo.  DRIVING WILDE will preview Friday and Saturday, August 16 and August 17 at 8pm, and will open on August 22 at 8pm and run through September 21 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.    

BWW Review: Joe Orton's Dark Comedy LOOT Satirically Examines Societal Stupidity
by Shari Barrett - Jul 15, 2019


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble kicks off its 'Circa '69' season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey's 1969 inception with Joe Orton's darkly comic masterpiece LOOT, which asks us to wipe the fluff from our eyes and see society the way he sees it. And as a gay man during a time when British society forced artists into the closet, his farce comically examines a sort of rigged system that benefits bullies and oppressors and controls anyone stupid enough to go along with the lies. As directed by Bart DeLorenzo, this tale of corrosive wit, dizzying intrigue and classic farce suggests that the only acceptable alternative is to become a criminal, with Orton supplying laughs at everyone's expense along the way.

Odyssey Theatre Announces 50th Anniversary 'Circa '69!' Season
by Julie Musbach - May 13, 2019


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble has announced "Circa'69!" an 18-month retrospective beginning in June, 2019 that will celebrate its founding, 50 years ago, by artistic director Ron Sossi, who has remained steadily at the helm since the company's first production in 1969.

Bart DeLorenzo Directs West Coast Premiere of Nicky Silver's TOO MUCH SUN
by Julie Musbach - Jan 30, 2019


"People surprise you all the time. Just when you think you have them all figured out." Bart DeLorenzo directs the West Coast premiere of the acclaimed off-Broadway hit Too Much Sun by Nicky Silver (Broadway's The Lyons), presented by Indie Chi Productions in a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre. Previews take place on Feb. 28 and March 1, with opening night set for March 2 and performances continuing through April 21. 

New York Stage And Film Announces 2019 Winter Season
by Julie Musbach - Jan 28, 2019


New York Stage and Film announces the programming line-up for their 2019 Winter Season at The Lark/Barebones Studio (311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor): Halley Feiffer's Saying Goodbye to the People I Love From My Bathtub, 2015 Founders' Award Recipient Harrison David Rivers' the bandaged place, and Sharr White's Pictures From Home.

BWW Review: Dysfunction Magnified HIR
by Gil Kaan - Jan 21, 2019


Even though, we are just coming to the end of January, I can already nominate a prominent candidate for Most Horrid Theatrical Character of 2019 - Paige Connor, the matriarch in Taylor Mac's HIR. Paige condescends to her husband Arnold (long since stricken by a stroke) and orders him around like a slave (or an untrained chimpanzee). Paige has eliminated doing any everyday household chores (like cooking, dusting, or laundry) in retaliation to the orderliness Arnold used to demand. She 'nurtures' or 'empowers' her transgender teenager Max by encouraging Max to follow mom's ways of thinking - an unrealistic utopian view of the future, with the avoidance of any financial responsibilities, while all the while belittling and torturing Arnold. But it's during the final minutes of the second act that Paige tops all of her previous horridness.

Taylor Mac's HIR To Get L.A. Premiere At The Odyssey
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 6, 2018


 "We are the new. Beyond gender. Beyond possessions. Beyond the past." Odyssey Theatre Ensemble opens its 50th anniversary season with the Los Angeles premiere of Hir, a darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Bart DeLorenzo directs for a Jan. 19 opening at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., with performances continuing through March 17.

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