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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AIDA

For a 1,852-performance Broadway musical smash, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida: The Timeless Love Story has had few if any major SoCal stagings in the years since its 2000 Broadway debut, just one reason to catch Moonlight Stage Productions’ sensational big-stage revival under Vista skies.
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OKLAHOMA!

Director T.J. Dawson takes a little-known bit of early 20th-century Oklahoma Territory history (its U.S. government-encouraged racial diversity) and reinvents the granddaddy of all contemporary musicals in 3-D Theatricals’ stunning 21-century revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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LEGALLY BLONDE

Elle Woods wins cases and hearts once again as Cupcake Theater entertains SoCal audiences with a dynamically performed Legally Blonde, marred on opening night by some serious technical glitches but worth a standing ovation for Arri Leigh’s star-making performance as the most bodaciously brainy blonde beauty Harvard University has ever seen.
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CONSTELLATIONS

Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech lend their considerable movie/TV star power, charisma, and talent to the Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles Premiere of Constellations, Nick Payne’s brain-teasing look at the multitude of possibilities inherent in a single romantic relationship.
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THE PRIDE

The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s provocative, daringly constructed look at the changes wrought over five decades of Contemporary Gay History, has at long last arrived in L.A., masterfully directed at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts by its brilliant Artist-In-Residence Michael Arden.
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IT’S ONLY LIFE

The dreams and searching and loneliness and blessings that make up this thing called life are highlighted in song in Art-In-Relation’s superbly performed, imaginatively directed intimate staging of John Bucchino’s aptly-titled It’s Only Life.
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THE SPITFIRE GRILL

A young woman fresh out of prison seeks a second chance at life in James Valcq and James Alley’s powerhouse chamber musical The Spitfire Grill, the gorgeously directed-and-performed latest from Solana Beach’s North Coast Repertory Theatre.
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