THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE

Two stars are born in the Geffen Playhouse West Coast Premiere of The Legend Of Georgia McBride. One is the Florida Panhandle drag queen whose reputation gives Matthew Lopez’s crowd-pleasing comedy its name. The other is Andrew Burnap, whose revelatory performance as an Elvis impersonator who discovers a whole new love of performing portends huge things ahead for the 2016 Yale School Of Drama MFA grad.
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THE SIEGEL

An out-of-the-blue wedding proposal a full two years after a couple’s breakup is hardly a conventional way to start off a romantic comedy, but the originality of this opening salvo is just one reason why Michael Mitnick’s The Siegel is such a South Coast Repertory treat.
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THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED)

Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor’s The Complete History Of Comedy (abridged) has arrived in beautiful downtown Toluca Lake, the latest from Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, and if there aren’t nearly as many chuckles, giggles, titters, and guffaws as audiences might wish, more of its jokes hit the mark than fizzle.
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RULES OF SECONDS

With Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr dueling it out eight times a week on Broadway, the timing could not be more auspicious for John Pollono’s audacious, irreverent, wholly original Rules Of Seconds, now playing at DTLA’s Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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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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