OTHER DESERT CITIES

Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities has arrived 175 miles west of Palm Springs at Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre in a production that makes it abundantly clear why the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist stands as one of the best written, most thought-provoking, and ultimately most moving plays of the last decade.
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AMERICAN IDIOT

DOMA Theatre Company returns for its second sensational show of the year with a head-bangingly thrilling intimate staging of Green Day’s American Idiot.
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THE IDIOT BOX

If you could live your life in sitcom land and just forget about war, poverty, homelessness, and the complexities of human sexuality, would you?

Playwright Michael Elyanow poses this question in his very funny, very smart The Idiot Box, back for only its second L.A. production ever, and a highly entertaining one at that as staged by Theatre 68 at the NoHo Arts Center.
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ENRON

Enron, once the most audacious of America’s Fortune 500 high-rollers, comes to life (and death) with thrilling theatrical audacity as The Production Company returns to L.A.’s 99-seat theater scene with the Los Angeles Premiere of Lucy Prebble’s 2009 West End smash Enron.
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EVITA

A Buenos Aires movie audience’s enjoyment of the latest 1952 film hit is interrupted by an announcement that Eva Perón, “the spiritual leader of the nation, has entered immortality.” There are screams and sobs, movie patrons grab each other for support.

Eva Peron may have just died … again, but her legend lives on as Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre offers its audiences a solid revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1979 Broadway smash Evita.
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GUS’S FASHIONS & SHOES

Plays don’t get much more testosterone-fueled than Gus’s Fashions & Shoes, the grittily dramatic, darkly comedic latest from writer-director Ron Klier, whose Cops And Friends Of Cops kept Vs. Theatre audiences glued to the edge of their seats two years back.
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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

The theater company whose recent reinvention of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret for the intimate stage earned it both critical and audience raves now returns with a “downsized” staging of the Stephen Sondheim classic A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and the result is one of the funniest—and most ingenious—Forums ever.
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TRAIN TO ZAKOPANÉ: A TRUE STORY OF HATE AND LOVE

NOT RECOMMENDED

The story Henry Jaglom has to tell is a compelling one and the lead actors who bring his star-crossed lovers to life do powerful work. Still, clunky dialog, uneven supporting performances, and problematic set and costume designs make Train To Zakopané: A True Story Of Hate And Love rather a tough go, even for those like this reviewer with a fascination for Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
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