ZEALOT

The phrase “ripped from today’s headlines” has rarely been more applicable than it is to Theresa Rebeck’s gripping, provocative new drama Zealot, a South Coast Repertory World Premiere sure to inspire post-performance discussion as highly-charged as the action unfolding at the temporary headquarters of the British Consul in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where Zealot is set.
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JEKYLL & HYDE

Some of the finest voices I’ve heard at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre along with Jason James’ assured direction make for a first-rate Jekyll & Hyde out Claremont way, with Janet Renslow’s exciting recreation of the show’s original choreography adding to the pizzazz.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Queer Classics’ reinvention of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, the Scenie-winning Hollywood Fringe Festival Production Of The Year, is back for a full-length run with almost all of its Comedic Ensemble Performance Of The Year cast intact—and if you’re any kind of Wilde fan (or simply want to enjoy ninety minutes of nonstop laughter), forget how many Earnests you’ve seen before and see this one. I repeat. See this one! (See it if it’s your first time too.)
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THE DIVINERS

It takes guts for a Christian-based theater company to take on a play as dark and as ultimately devastating as Jim Leonard, Jr.’s The Diviners. Then again Actors Co-op isn’t your Garden-Of Eden-Variety Christian-based theater company, and with a mostly God-fearing cast of characters plus a charismatic preacher man in crisis-of-faith mode, The Diviners fits quite neatly into the Co-op’s “The Story Is The Journey” 23rd season.

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A Or B?

Sometimes the course a life takes can depend on something as inconsequential as a cell phone service provider, or so Abby and Ben discover in Ken Levine’s fascinating and funny romantic comedy A Or B?, now getting its World Premiere at the Falcon Theatre.
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PREMEDITATION

Style may not be everything in Evelina Fernández’s Premeditation, but it plays a big part in making the playwright-actor’s comédie noire (or comedia negra) the exhilaratingly theatrical experience it is, and with Premeditation currently Ovation Award-nominated for Best Production, Direction, and Lighting Design, theatergoers can rejoice at the Latino Theatre Company’s decision to bring it back as part of the month-long Encuentro 2014 festival at downtown’s Los Angeles Theatre Center. Premeditation is as stylishly directed, performed, and designed a production as you’re likely to see this or any month—and that is saying something indeed.
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RE-ANIMATOR™-THE MUSICAL

Re-Animator™-The Musical has Re-Turned™ for a Re-Peat™ engagement at the Steve Allen Theater, which ought to come as some Re-Ally™ good news for wacky musical theater lovers, lovers of wacky musicals, and a whole bunch of Splatter Flick fans who’d never under any other circumstances find themselves anywhere near a musical theater stage.
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WEDDING BAND: A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE

A World War I-era interracial love story seen through a 1960s Civil Rights Movement lens gets revived for 21st Century audiences as The Antaeus Company presents Alice Childress’s Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story In Black And White, a compelling, thought-provoking look at how things were, how they have changed, and how much remains the same.
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