ASHES TO ASHES

A divorced couple must spend 16 days, 21 hours, and 32 minutes in each other’s company or forfeit the $955,000,000 they’ve been bequeathed in Ashes To Ashes, Debby Blonsky’s entertaining, mostly successful screwball romcom, a World Premiere guest production at the Odyssey.
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DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Some stellar lead performances and groundbreaking diversity in casting are the two best reasons to catch CASA 0101, TNY Productions, and El Centro Del Pueblo’s 99-seat staging of Disney Beauty And The Beast even without a key factor in the original Broadway production’s 5461-performance run, a production design sumptuous enough to inspire oohs and aahs.
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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY

Both George Bailey and the actor playing him live across the land learn lessons about life, love, community, and Christmas in Jim Martyka’s doubly delightful, two-times touching It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, back for another December at Theatre Unleashed.
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A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS

A Very Die Hard Christmas, Josh Carson’s hit musical spoof of a certain Bruce Willis holiday classic, is back for 2017, sharper, funnier, and more outrageous than ever, and just what Santa ordered for those who like their year-end festivities to be naughty rather than nice.
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reasons to be pretty

Neil LaBute dissects male-female relationships as only he can—savagely, but not without humor and maybe even a sliver of hope—in reasons to be pretty, his 2008 button-pusher now being given a dynamically directed, sensationally acted intimate revival at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre.
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ORPHANS

Rising star Leo B. Ramsey burns up the stage opposite gifted teen newcomer Breaker Novogratz and dynamic stage-and-screen vet Ray Abruzzo in Lyle Kessler’s powerful three-hander Orphans, now thrilling and devastating audiences in equal measure at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre.
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PACIFIC OVERTURES

Chromolume Theatre offers Stephen Sondheim aficionados the chance to catch the rarely performed Pacific Overtures, and though the musical itself will probably never rank high on my list of Sondheim favorites, its many fans will find much to admire in this full-length intimate staging.
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THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD

If you think (or hope) you’ve seen the last of Robin Hood, think again. The Heart Of Robin Hood has arrived at the Wallis, and any lover of theatrical magic and thrills who skips this Robin because they’ve already seen Errol or Kevin or Russell bring Mr. Hood to the silver screen should suffer one of evil Prince John’s unspeakable punishments, or at the very least a good tongue-lashing. Trust me. You’ve never seen Robin Hood (or any on-stage adventure story) quite like this theatrical dazzler.
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posted in Now Playing, Play With Songs, Theater Review, West Side/Beverly HIlls, WOW!

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