GREEN GROW THE LILACS

Theatricum Botanicum revives a Golden-Era theatrical gem in a production worth a whole heap of whoopin’ and hollerin’ … but before I go ahead and name it, here’s a question for all you theater lovers out there.

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GHOST LIGHT

NOT RECOMMENDED

Deborah Puette is luminous, but the four vignettes that comprise Tommy Smith’s Ghost Light add up to a rather low-wattage half-hour solo show.
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ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE

Cori Cable Kidder delivers a star-making performance as country music legend Patsy Cline in Sierra Madre Playhouse’s season-opening revival of Ted Swindley’s Always … Patsy Cline, easily one of the newly revitalized Playhouse’s best productions ever.
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FAILURE: A LOVE STORY

A superb cast, a brilliant design team, and above all the directorial genius that is Michael Matthews join forces to turn Coeurage Theatre Company’s Los Angeles Premiere of Failure: A Love Story, Philip Dawkins’ whimsical meditation on the fragility of life and the resiliency of those who live it, into one of the year’s most stellar 99-seat-plan productions.
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THE GREAT DIVIDE

NOT RECOMMENDED

The Elephant Theatre goes out with a fizzle instead of a bang with the World Premiere of Lyle Kessler’s family dysfunction-fest The Great Divide, a play so credibility-defying that not even the best efforts of director David Fofi and an excellent cast can save it—and its audience—from the dull-drums.
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ADAM & EVE and STEVE: A Musical

What if, before Eve was plucked from Adam’s rib, the Devil himself had stepped in to provide The World’s First Man with his very own Same-Sex Partner?

It’s from this titillating concept that Chandler Warren and Wayne Moore have confectioned ADAM & EVE and STEVE: A Musical (aka Adam and Eve and Steve – The Musical), a fresh new musical comedy so absolutely fabulous I can’t wait to see it again.
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ALL-AMERICAN GIRL


A girl-next-door Bostonian turns Islamic terrorist in Wendy Graf’s powerful, thought-provoking solo-play All-American Girl, now getting its World Premiere production at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre under Anita Khanzadian’s astute, visually imaginative direction.
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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

It’s hard to imagine a more gorgeous setting for Tracy Letts’ sprawling August: Osage County than under the Topanga stars at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, just one reason why the Oklahoma family saga’s return to L.A. (for the first time since A:OC’s Broadway National Tour played the Ahmanson back in 2009) makes for news worth shouting to the heavens and beyond.
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