SUMMER AND SMOKE

Hollywood’s increasingly risk-taking Christian-based Actors Co-op takes a walk on the wild(er) side with its terrifically acted revival of Tennessee Williams’ Summer And Smoke, one that provides a surprising number of laughs along the way to the dramatic second act you might expect from the man who heated things up with A Streetcar Named Desire and Suddenly Last Summer.
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VIEUX CARRÉ

Memories light the corners of Tennessee Williams’ mind in Vieux Carré, the Great American Playwright’s reminiscences of time spent in New Orleans’ French Quarter, revived to vibrant, excitingly theatrical life by Coeurage Theatre Company under Jeremy Lelliott’s inspired direction.
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SEE ROCK CITY

A couple of Kentucky newlyweds and their respective mothers are all it takes for playwright Arlene Hutton to evoke the societal changes wrought by World War II in the most entertaining of ways in her justifiably lauded home-front dramedy See Rock City, exquisitely staged and performed this month at Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre.
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FOREVER HOUSE

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An authentically written, believably acted gay couple, a supporting cast mostly out of sitcomland save one refreshingly non-stereotypical evangelical, a sudden life-altering cataclysm, an overwrought detour into solo performance territory, and an apparent case of demonic possession inside a fixer-upper Craftsman-style house just outside L.A. add up to one decidedly disjointed dramedy in Tony Abatemarco’s Forever House, now getting its World Premiere at Los Feliz’s Skylight Theatre.
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DEATHTRAP

Thrills and chills and gasp-worthy plot twists galore highlight the topnotch revival of Ira Levin’s Broadway suspense classic Deathtrap now exciting and delighting audiences on the proscenium stage of the historic Sierra Madre Playhouse.
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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey, James Lecesne’s hilarious, touching stage adaptation of his 2008 novel has arrived as a guest production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre only months after generating plenty of well-earned off-Broadway buzz for its author-performer.
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THE KILL-OR-DIES

Ovation Award-winning playwright Meghan Brown is back with the intriguingly titled The Kill-Or-Dies, a darkly comedic edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing from its first surprise twist all the way up to its gratifyingly unpredictable finish.
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DNA

The attempt by a group of high-school students to cover up the not-quite-accidental death of a bullied classmate makes for dramatic fireworks and multiple unexpected turns in Dennis Kelly’s twisted black comedy DNA, a largely impressive first production from Red Cup Theatre Company.
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