THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF BRIDESMAIDS

UMPO at Rockwell does it again, taking a contemporary movie favorite and giving it Unauthorized Musical Parody treatment in a cabaret setting, and like UMPOs before it, The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of [the 2011 romcom smash] Bridesmaids proves a comedy-and-song-packed treat.
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LAS GARCÍA

A radiant, mesmerizing Gabriela Ortega tells two tales, one her own, the other that of her Dominican grandmother Cristina in Civil War-torn Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic circa 1965 in her captivating 50-minute solo show Las García, though Ortega makes it clear early on that she won’t be letting the truth “get in the way of a good story.”
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THE LOST CHILD

An long-estranged couple, a mysterious waif looking at least half-a-decade younger than her eighteen years, and a Grimm’s Fairy Tale-style cabin in the woods add up to an unsatisfying mix of Unsolved Mysteries and The Twilight Zone in Skylight Theatre Company’s World Premiere production of Jennifer W. Rowland’s The Lost Child.
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THE DEVIL’S WIFE

Three recently bereaved sisters find their world rocked by a mystery man dressed all in black (save a pair of blood-red satin gloves) in Tom Jacobson’s devilishly droll period thriller The Devil’s Wife, a Skylight Theatre Company World Premiere.
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WELCOME TO YOUR ALTERNATIVE REALITY

Open Fist Theatre Company gives late-night-TV-style sketch comedy an entertaining go in Welcome To Your Alternative Reality, a more-hit-than-miss collection of Trump-era-inspired sketches that could stand a trim but serves as an often quite funny showcase for company members in SNL-meets-MadTV mode.
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HEISENBERG

Tony-nominated Denis Arndt and his Broadway leading lady Mary-Louise Parker light up the Mark Taper Forum stage as mismatched misfits made for each other in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg, an East-to-West Coast transfer that allows Angelinos to experience the same theatrical alchemy that only months ago filled seats on New York’s Great White Way.
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THE CAKE

Bekah Brunstetter puts a deeply personal, delightfully down-home face on the Gay-Wedding-Cake Wars in The Cake, the gifted young playwright’s latest World Premiere dramedy, another feather in director Jennifer Chambers’ and The Echo Theater Company’s multi-plumed hats.
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LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD

Plenty of actors have stories to tell, and plenty of those may be as solo-show-ready as Giovanni Adams’ tale of growing up black and “sissy” in Jackson, Mississippi, but few end up as exquisitely written, stunningly performed, and strikingly designed as the Yale University grad’s World Premiere Love Is A Dirty Word.
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