ORANGE

An Indian teen somewhere on the autism spectrum spends one adventurous night discovering The OC with her Americanized cousin and her cousin’s skater-dude boyfriend in South Coast Repertory’s West Coast Premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Orange, not only a delightful cross-cultural comedic treat but a particularly apt choice for Orange County’s premier regional theater.
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STILL LIFE

Questions of love and mortality propel Still Life, Alexander Dinelaris’s mostly compelling look at a couple of damaged souls with a shared belief in death’s imminent arrival, a Rogue Machine West Coast Premiere that proves most effective when centering on its two leads, stunningly portrayed by Laurie Okin and Lea Coco.
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AMOUR

Whimsical French chamber musicals and Broadway rarely if ever mix, no matter how tuneful, no matter how many Tony nominations they score, witness the 2002 flop Amour. They do, however, make for magical concert staged readings, witness Musical Theatre West’s one-night-only reading of the Best Musical/Best Score-nominated Michel Legrand gem.
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AH, WILDERNESS!

A New England teen does considerable growing up over the course of thirty-six midsummer hours in Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O’Neil’s timeless bit of early twentieth-century Americana, delightfully revived by A Noise Within in a production that could only have been improved by the casting of an age-appropriate lead.
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posted in Comedy, Now Playing, Pasadena, Theater Review, WOW!

EDWARD ALBEE’S AT HOME AT THE ZOO

Edward Albee fans will find themselves in absurdist heaven, more traditionally minded theatergoers may wonder what all the Albee hoopla has been about, but both will relish the experience of seeing Edward Albee’s At Home At The Zoo (the playwright’s name is part of the title) translated into American Sign Language and performed by three of Deaf West Theatre’s brightest stars at Beverly Hills’ Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts.
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DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Renée Marino and J. Bailey Burcham are absolutely riveting as two of the most damaged souls you’ll ever see sharing a stage in Panic! Productions and Theatre 68’s powerful revival of John Patrick Shanley’s gut-wrenching yet unexpectedly magical Danny And The Deep Blue Sea.
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FUGU

The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of Eastern-European Jews finding refuge from the Nazis in 1941 Japan merits more nuanced treatment than it gets in West Coast Jewish Theatre’s credibility-defying World Premiere historical melodrama Fugu.
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COMPANY

Director Kristin Towers-Rowles makes Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 Broadway classic Company seem fresh and new in the terrifically performed and choreographed revival it’s now being given at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
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