MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION

A Noise Within has once again done what it does best in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. It has taken a theatrical classic of centuries past and staged it as if it had been written today, and with the always edgy Michael Michetti in the director’s chair, ANW’s slogan “Classic Theatre, Modern Magic” has rarely felt more apt.
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IPHIGENIA IN AULIS

There are perhaps few genres more likely to fill contemporary theatergoers with the fear of dozing off mid-play than the dreaded Greek Tragedy, that is unless the company putting on the show is Chicago’s Court Theater, in town this month to resuscitate the 2400-year-old Iphigenia In Aulis to spellbinding, gut-punching effect at Malibu’s Getty Villa.
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AS YOU LIKE IT

The Antaeus Company transports lovers, philosophers, fools, royals, and audiences into the woods as Antaeus likes it, that is to say with two equally terrific casts bringing William Shakespeare’s As You Like It to magical, mystical, mesmerizing life.
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MACBETH: REVISITED

Shakespeare’s Scottish Play is back, in streamlined form, as The New American Theatre debuts Macbeth: Revisited, and if the newfangled title suggests a more radically rethought Macbeth that this one actually is, director/star Jack Stehlin and his company of actors do indeed deliver the bloody goods.
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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

It’s a long summer day’s journey into the darkest nighttime of their souls for the illness-and-addiction-plagued Tyrones of Eugene O’Neill’s 20th-century classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night, now getting a superbly acted and designed Geffen Playhouse revival under Jeanie Hackett’s inspired direction.
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THE IMAGINARY INVALID

Whether you’re a Mel Brooks/Monty Python fan who would never even consider setting foot in “California’s Home For The Classics” or a diehard Molière aficionado who can’t possibly imagine passing up a fresh new adaptation of the 343-year-old Le Malade Imaginaire, Constance Congdon’s 21st-century take on The Imaginary Invalid treats A Noise Within audiences to a laughfest so delectably funny (and playfully raunchy), it would do Mel or Monty proud.
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THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (AS TOLD BY WM. SHAKESPEARE)

Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon Johnson killed her husband, and so apparently does The Bard Of Avon in The Tragedy Of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare), Daniel Henning’s devilishly clever “Julius Caesar Redux,” now getting an exciting (and sure to be controversial) World Premiere at Henning’s The Blank Theatre.
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THE IMAGINARY INVALID

Theatricum Botanicum legend Ellen Geer follows her 2014 Queen Lear with another gender-bending star turn, this time as Molière’s Malade Imaginaire, aka The Imaginary Invalid, Constance Congdon’s 21st-century adaptation turning a three-and-a-half-century-old farce into a playfully raunchy laughfest that would do Mel Brooks proud.
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