PICK OF THE VINE 2018

Little Fish Theatre opens its 2018 season with its 16th-annual Pick Of The Vine: This Year’s Best Short Plays, the top 1.78% of a whopping 505 submissions, 9 mini-plays adding up to 1 terrifically acted, directed, and designed evening of theater at its most entertainingly eclectic.
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BUGABOO & THE SILENT ONE

Marja-Lewis Ryan puts her own distinctive stamp on Women Behind Bars in the powerful Bugaboo & The Silent One, the playwright-director’s fourth and latest World Premiere collaboration with the astonishing Heidi Sulzman.
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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Pasadena Playhouse fills this year’s holiday slot with a “live radio play” adaptation of the 1947 movie classic Miracle On 34th Street, a charmer, make no mistake, but more stocking stuffer than a full-fledged Christmas gift to follow the back-to-back brilliance of Our Town and King Charles III.
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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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DRIVING MISS DAISY

A revelatory Donna Mills lights up the Colony Theatre stage as the title character in Driving Miss Daisy, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning look back in time at an aging Southern Jewish widow and the African-American driver foisted upon her by her adult son in the years just preceding the Civil Rights Movement.
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LITTLE WOMEN [a multicultural transposition]

If Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March had come of age in post-WWII L.A. as the Mayeda sisters, offspring of a Japanese-American father and a Chinese-American mother, Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic novel might look and sound just like Little Women [a multicultural transposition], Velina Hasu Houston’s unabashedly G-rated World Premiere rewrite that had me in its spell from ebullient start to heartwarming finish.
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VINO VERITAS

There’s nothing like an exotic Peruvian wine to reveal long-hidden secrets when a couple of 30something married couples imbibe said intoxicant in full Halloween regalia at Theatre 40 in Vino Veritas, David MacGregor’s tantalizing look at two marriages for whom truth may be precisely what the doctor ordered, or the worst medicine of all.
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STUPID KID

Folks are dumb where Chick Ford comes from, which is why you may be excused for assuming at first that Sharr White’s Stupid Kid has nothing but poor white trash jokes in store for audiences at The Road On Magnolia. But think again. Chick and his kinfolk are about to reveal far more about the Eastern Colorado Fords than initially meets the eye.
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