WALKING TO BUCHENWALD

An intergenerational trek across Europe turns a good deal darker than the lighthearted family road trip it initially promises to be in the Open Fist Theatre Company’s World Premiere Walking To Buchenwald, the funny, impactful latest from the endlessly self-reinventing Tom Jacobson.
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BR’ER COTTON

An angry, rebellious African-American teen finds himself at loggerheads with his hard-working single mom, his tradition-bound granddad, and the racist world he confronts on a daily basis in Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton, a dialog-provoking gripper of a play that I’d like even better if it stayed in the very real present instead of detouring into magical realism territory and the Civil War past.
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FIXED

A sexually confused Filipino-American “ladyboy,” the drag princess’s sexually confused Mexican-American sort-of boyfriend, and the sort-of boyfriend’s just plain confused sort-of girlfriend, all three of them in massive states of denial, play out a centuries-old game of love and death in contemporary L.A. in Boni B. Alvarez’s Fixed, a Filipino-Latino telenovela come deliciously to life on the Atwater Village Echo Theater stage.
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FREDDY

Cate Caplin’s exciting, eclectic choreography and some terrific dance performances from students enrolled in LACC’s Theatre Academy make Deborah Lawlor’s 55-minute look back at largely forgotten mid-20th-century dance icon Freddy Herko worth checking out despite stilted dialog that would challenge even the most accomplished cast.
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BILLY BOY

An unexpected sexual encounter with a former high school girlfriend sends a 60ish gay man and a pair of long-dead ghosts on a trip down memory lane in Nick Salamone’s Billy Boy, a Playwrights Arena World Premiere that starts out promisingly enough before veering off into the Twilight Zone.
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THE RED SHOES


Matthew Bourne makes another triumphant return to the Ahmanson Theatre with his latest feat of dance brilliance, the American Premiere of The Red Shoes, Sir Matthew’s breathtakingly imaginative reinvention of the British film classic that made Moira Shearer a star.
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NEXT TO NORMAL

Maxine Phoenix gives Broadway divas decades her senior a run for their money as Diana Goodman in USC Musical Repertory’s impressive intimate staging of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning Next To Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s moving musical look at the effects of mental illness on an all-American family.
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GREY NOMAD

Married 60something fuddy-duddies meet a free-spirited couple of fellow retirees to life-changing effect in Dan Lee’s hilarious, heartwarming World Premiere comedy Grey Nomad, the latest from L.A.’s Australian Theatre Company.
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