LOVE ALLWAYS

Gloria Gifford directs half-a-hundred of her attractive young acting students in assorted scenes from five 1970s Renée Taylor-Joseph Bologna TV specials, compiled as Love Allways, a Los Angeles Premiere that proves a mixed bag of Love Boat-style winners, losers, and in-betweeners. The good news is that you’re never far from the next winner, including the show-opening “Herb, Erica, Stuart, & Joanne” and the evening’s grand finale “Tony & Madelaine” (assuming you attended the performance reviewed here).
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THE CRUISE

An estranged father and son attempt a shipboard reconciliation in Jonathan Ceniceroz’s The Cruise, Latino Theatre Company’s enjoyable but less than satisfying World Premiere comedy, now playing at the Los Angeles Theatre Center downtown.
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ORANGE

An Indian teen somewhere on the autism spectrum spends one adventurous night discovering The OC with her Americanized cousin and her cousin’s skater-dude boyfriend in South Coast Repertory’s West Coast Premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Orange, not only a delightful cross-cultural comedic treat but a particularly apt choice for Orange County’s premier regional theater.
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AH, WILDERNESS!

A New England teen does considerable growing up over the course of thirty-six midsummer hours in Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O’Neil’s timeless bit of early twentieth-century Americana, delightfully revived by A Noise Within in a production that could only have been improved by the casting of an age-appropriate lead.
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COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BOOPS


Five very different Bettys learn to love their pussies, and each other, in Collective Rage: A Play In Five Boops, a tangy new Jen Silverman comedy that may not be to everyone’s taste, but offers enough delicious dialog and tasty performances to keep adventurous Boston Court audiences entertained and ultimately maybe even quite moved.
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DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!


Silver screen goddess Angela Arden lives again in Celebration Theatre’s hilariously over-the-top revival of Die, Mommie, Die!, Charles Busch’s affectionately acidic tribute to the bevy of fading female icons who made their last defiant stand in 1960s La La Land.
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PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE


Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso square off to both whimsical and profound effect in Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Steve Martin’s delightful theatrical soufflé now getting a splendid, star-studded revival at San Diego’s Old Globe.
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DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

Teens play teens, and winningly so, in Worst First Kiss Productions’ terrific intimate staging of Bert V. Royal’s hilarious, thought-provoking, ultimately transformative Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead, a sold-out guest production this weekend only at Hollywood’s The Blank Theatre.
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