GOLDEN BOY

They don’t write plays like Golden Boy anymore, which is just one reason to check out the Stella Adler Lab Theatre Company’s revival of the 1937 Clifford Odets classic. Another is Mattia Bartoli’s electric star turn as violinist turned pugilist Joe Bonaparte.
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MARY POPPINS

Mary Poppins has arrived by umbrella to set up housekeeping at Candlelight Pavilion in what looks to be the Claremont dinner theatre’s most popular show of the year, and no wonder. Could there be a more crowd-pleasing musical for children of all ages than Disney’s And Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins?
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posted in Musical, Now Playing, San Gabriel Valley, Theater Review, WOW!

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS UnSCRIPTED

Things get as hot and steamy as an Everglades swamp (and as hilarious as only the improv geniuses of Impro Theatre can make them) in Tennessee Williams UnScripted, the troupe’s fourth visit to Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre.
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posted in Burbank/Glendale, Comedy, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

BIG SKY

Neil Simon meets Euripides in Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros’s Big Sky, a Geffen Playhouse World Premiere that ends up far more than simply the one-liner-packed comedic romp its first act would lead you to expect.
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posted in Comedy-Drama, Now Playing, Theater Review, West Side/Beverly HIlls, World Premiere, WOW!

A THORN IN THE FAMILY PAW

Life’s many obstacles prove no match for the ties that bind—promises, responsibilities, guilt, laughter, and above all love—in Garry Michael Kluger’s heart-and-humor-filled A Thorn In The Family Paw, a Theatre West World Premiere that already feels like a contemporary classic.
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posted in Comedy-Drama, North Hollywood, Now Playing, Theater Review, World Premiere, WOW!

GYPSY

RECOMMENDED

A weak first act, a considerably more successful second, and a terrific Tara Pitt throughout add up to a mixed bag of a Gypsy revival at Theatre Out, but one still worth checking out for Pitt’s powerhouse performance as (wonder of wonders) an age-appropriate Mama Rose.
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posted in Musical, Now Playing, Orange County, Recommended, Theater Review

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Christopher Durang’s Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike has arrived at International City Theatre, the delectable 2013 Best Play Tony winner proving one of early summer’s yummiest treats.
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posted in Comedy, Long Beach/San Pedro, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

RUBEN GUTHRIE

Giving up the bottle in a country where the rate of alcoholism is among the highest in the developed world is no laughing matter, that is unless you’re playwright Brendan Cowell, whose year of self-imposed sobriety inspired the thoroughly entertaining dark dramatic comedy Ruben Guthrie, the second half of the rotating-rep double-bill that marks the welcome return of Los Angeles’s Australian Theatre Company.
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