CIGARETTES AND CHOCOLATE & HANG UP

And now for something completely different, Pacific Resident Theatre treats L.A. audiences to the West Coast Premieres of Cigarettes & Chocolate and Hang Up, a couple of Anthony Mighella-penned BBC radio plays from the ‘80s that add up to considerably more than a staged reading, slightly less than the “fully designed/staged production” that’s been advertised, yet one that’s every bit as gorgeously acted as PRT’s compelling best.
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SEQUENCE

Lightning from up north strikes Beverly Hills for the second time this year as Theatre 40 follows January’s challenging-but-rewarding Late Company with another thrilling Canadian import, the West Coast Premiere of Arun Lakra’s brain-teasing, mind-blowing Sequence.
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BORN FOR THIS: THE MUSICAL

Gospel/R&B Grammy winner BeBe Winans tells his story, and his sister and recording partner CeCe’s as well, in Born For This: The Musical, a Broadway-scale crowd-pleaser now earning exuberant audience cheers at Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage as it did last year in Atlanta and DC.
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KING OF THE YEES

Chinese-American playwright Lauren Yee pays affectionate, rib-tickling, ultimately quite touching tribute to her dad Larry in King Of The Yees, a Center Theatre Group World Premiere now both delighting and illuminating audiences of all racial-ethnic-cultural persuasions at Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.
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JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS

Great voices are what’s needed to pull off Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, and though there is much to admire in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble revival of the 1968 off-Broadway megahit, particularly Dan Fishbach’s imaginative direction and Anthony Lucca’s terrific four-piece combo, the cast mostly fails to do Brel vocal justice.
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LETTERS FROM A NUT BY TED L. NANCY

Despite its inventive multimedia staging and Beth Kennedy’s kaleidoscopic supporting turn, the Geffen Playhouse’s wacky, wispy Letters From A Nut By Ted L. Nancy, even at a mere sixty-eight minutes, runs about half-an-hour too long, and with full-price tickets going for as much as $85 a pop, anyone minus money/time to burn would do better to order a copy of Nancy’s book from Amazon where used copies start at fifteen cents.
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SEUSSICAL

Theodor Seuss Geisel probably never imagined the day that so many of his creations—including an elephant who hatches an egg, a boy with a head full of “thinks,” and a cat (in a hat)—would end up sharing a stage together, but these are just some of the Dr. Seuss icons who light up the Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s absolutely splendid Seussical (The Musical).
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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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