AMERICAN IDIOT

Generation Y-ers have set up shop for the next couple weeks at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts in the very best of the five incarnations I’ve seen so far of Green Day’s addictive rock musical American Idiot.
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THE BOY FROM OZ

Australian entertainment legend Peter Allen lives again as Celebration Theatre treats SoCal audiences to the long-awaited West Coast Premiere of the 2003 Broadway smash The Boy From Oz, the most all-around sensational L.A. intimate-theater musical I’ve seen since the Celebration’s award-sweeping The Color Purple four years back.
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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

J. Pierpont Finch is once again learning How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as Candlelight Pavilion treats Southland audiences not only to its savory cuisine but to the 1961 Frank Loesser/Abe Burrow Broadway gem, adding up to one all-around delicious evening (or afternoon) of musical theater.
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TORCH SONG TRILOGY

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Andrew J. Villarreal gives the year’s most extraordinary performance as flamboyant but mush-hearted Jewish drag queen Arnold Beckoff in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy, making Theatre Out’s rarer-than-rare revival well worth seeing despite the flawed execution of the first two of its three one-act plays.
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posted in Comedy, Comedy-Drama, Now Playing, Orange County, Recommended, Theater Review, WOW!

THE END TIMES

A university student raised in a religious cult finds himself beginning to doubt his lifelong beliefs in Jesse Mu-En Shao’s World Premiere drama The End Days, an engrossing, thought-provoking first collaboration between Skylight Theatre Company and Playwrights’ Arena.
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OFFICE HOUR

Sandra Oh and Raymond Lee give electrifying performances as a college adjunct professor and the student she suspects just might be capable of mass murder in Julia Cho’s ripped-from-today’s-headlines Office Hour, now riveting audiences in its World Premiere engagement at South Coast Repertory.
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STAGE KISS

Noël Coward meets Noises Off meets Conor McPherson when a couple of onetime lovers find themselves lip-locked once again in not one but two not-so-brilliant regional theater productions in Sarah Ruhl’s scrumdiddlyumptious backstage comedy Stage Kiss, now getting its West Coast Premiere at the Geffen Playhouse.
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RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA


A fresh new book by Douglas Carter Beane breathes exciting new life into a spectacular new production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, now delighting audiences of all ages (and I do mean of all ages) at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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