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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STUPID FUCKING BIRD

San Diegans can rejoice at the arrival of Aaron Posner’s supremely theatrical, deliciously meta, hilariously scabrous take on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. As for Angelinos who missed Stupid Fucking Bird at The Theatre @ Boston Court a couple years back, or who simply want the chance to re-experience it with exhilaratingly fresh direction and a daringly diverse cast, Cygnet Theatre is just a road trip away.
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DANCING AT LUGHNASA

Brian Friel’s Tony-winning memory play about the household of unmarried sisters who raised him in a small town in County Donegal, Ireland in the Depression-era 1930s, proves a perfect fit for five of of Actors Co-op’s finest leading ladies in roles that could have been written with each of them in mind. Need I say more?
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MY MAÑANA COMES

The subsistence-wage busboy protagonists of My Mañana Comes are young men the average theatergoer would normally pay not much attention to, which is just one reason why Elizabeth Irwin’s 2014 dramedy proves such an engrossing, eye-opening treat in its Los Angeles Premiere at The Fountain Theatre.
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THE GOLDEN DRAGON

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Five exceptional performances, Michael Michetti’s highly imaginative direction, and a breathtaking Theatre @ Boston Court production design add up to reason enough to check out Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon despite a script more pretentious than profound.
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THE BIG MEAL

The meet-cute sequence that introduces us to 20somethings Sam and Nicole is but the preamble to The Big Meal, Dan LeFranc’s remarkable meditation on birth, death, life, love, and the whole damn thing, now getting a laughter-and-tear-filled Southern California Premiere that is one of Chance Theater’s finest intimate productions ever.
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TORCH SONG TRILOGY

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Widows And Children First!

Andrew J. Villarreal gives the year’s most extraordinary performance as flamboyant but mush-hearted Jewish drag queen Arnold Beckoff in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy, making Theatre Out’s rarer-than-rare revival well worth seeing despite the flawed execution of the first two of its three one-act plays.
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FUTURE THINKING

An obsessed fan is no laughing matter (remember Kathy Bates in Misery?), that is unless the obsessed fan in question is the one under hotel arrest in Eliza Clark’s delightful, surprising, and ultimately quite touching new dramedy Future Thinking, now World Premiering at South Coast Repertory.
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