Posts Tagged ‘Charles Dickens’

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Forget every A Tale Of Two Cities you’ve seen before, and that includes the 1935 MGM classic. A Noise Within’s United States Premiere of Mike Poulton’s thrillingly reconceived 2014 stage adaptation is in a class by itself, Dickens retold for a 21-century audience, instantly compelling, gorgeous to look at, profoundly moving, and as directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliot, the absolute must-see production of ANW’s all-around smashing Fall 2017 season.
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A TELENOVELA CHRISTMAS CAROL

Imagine a bunch of East L.A. or Boyle Heights vecinos getting together to put on a Christmas show for friends and family and what you’ve got is A Telenovela Christmas Carol, Force Of Nature Productions’ unpolished but entertaining adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Mexican soap opera-style.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens’s gorgeous songs are the best of quite a few reasons to catch Actors Repertory Theatre Of Simi’s holiday production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol despite the disservice its multitalented hometown cast is done by some sour notes emanating from the orchestra pit.
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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD

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Three superb performances, a snazzy design package, a delightful opening sequence, and then a whole lot of speechifying add up to a less than compelling ninety minutes as the NoHo Arts Center presents the World Premiere engagement of Scott Carter’s The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL


A virtual Who’s Who of veteran A Noise Within resident artists join forces with a sensational design team under the inspired direction of Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott to bring audiences ANW’s first production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a baker’s dozen years.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL


It wouldn’t be December without Christmas carols or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group’s latest gives Los Angeles theatergoers both in just under an hour and performed with such Zombie Joe flair that it’s hard to imagine even Christmas Carol haters not falling for this show. As for those with more traditional tastes, there’s more than enough authentic Dickens to have you leaving Zombie Joe’s Underground with a smile on your face and maybe even the traces of a few tears on your cheeks.
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A PERFECT LIKENESS

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Writer-director Daniel Rover Singer imagines a ninety-minute meeting between Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll in the World Premiere of A Perfect Likeness, now playing at South Pasadena’s Fremont Centre Theatre, and despite bravura performances by Bruce Ladd and Daniel J. Roberts, I must confess to having found Singer’s play rather too talky for my tastes and not nearly as appealing and engaging as its unanimous rave reviews had led me to expect.
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