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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PLASTICITY

40something David Rosely lies comatose as his identical twin Grant and fiancée Kate find themselves in head-to-head combat over his right to live or die. If this sounds more like a Lifetime Original Movie than the year’s most spectacular one-man tour-de-force, think again. Solo-performance star Alex Lyras and his co-writing partner Robert McCaskill are back in Hollywood with their latest collaboration, the absolutely thrilling Plasticity, the very definition of must-see theater.
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MOM’S DEAD

Dysfunctional families have guaranteed theatrical fireworks since the Ancient Greeks, and families don’t get much more dysfunctional than the Thompsons in Nathan Wellman’s darkly comedic Mom’s Dead, a frequently compelling if overly padded World Premiere from Sacred Fools.
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UNBOUND

Sympathy-defying characters in credibility-challenging situations make D.G. Watson’s Unbound a less than riveting follow-up to IAMA Theatre Company hits like A Dog’s House, The Recommendation, and The Accidental Blonde.
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THE SUPER VARIETY MATCH BONUS ROUND!

Playwright Deb Hiett pokes gentle fun at the Red State-Blue State divide in her undeniably hilarious, unexpectedly moving, and utterly unique World Premiere comedy The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!, the latest from Rogue Machine Theatre.
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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NOVEMBER ON THE BANKS OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT LAKES

There may indeed be “no place like home for the holidays,” but there’s surely never been a holiday home quite like the Wemblys’ in Kate Benson’s A Beautiful Day In November On The Banks Of The Greatest Of The Great Lakes, now getting a weird, wacky, wonderful West Coast Premiere at Hollywood’s Theatre Of NOTE.
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THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

Ten of L.A.’s finest actresses (and a couple of equally talented guys) deliver superb performances, and the production they are starring in proves one of the year’s most stunningly designed. Still, as was the case when I saw Lily Tomlin perform it as a one-woman showcase back in 1987, I found The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe, Jane Wagner’s collection of (mostly women’s) monologs and occasional multi-character scenes only intermittently engaging in its Los Angeles LGBT Center intimate-stage “revisitation.”
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ATLAS PIT, OR THE GARBAGE MAN’S SON

Playwright Alex Burkart takes a grieving teenager, the girl he’s lost for eternity, his desperate parents, and a drug-dealing high school buddy, stirs in the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, and mixes these ingredients to often powerful effect in his World Premiere drama Atlas Pit, or The Garbage Man’s Son, the latest from The Los Angeles New Court Theatre.
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