Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Theater Review’

A SPLINTERED SOUL

World War II Holocaust survivors and Los Angeles theater audiences deserve far better than the preposterously plotted 1940s B-movie melodramatics of would-be Long Beach playwright Alan L. Brooks’ A Splintered Soul, a major misfire from the almost always stellar International City Theatre.
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BRIGHT STAR

Gorgeous bluegrass melodies, a leading lady’s incandescent star turn, all-around terrific supporting performances, ingenious staging, and a plot straight out of a 1930s/40s Hollywood weeper will have you crying joyful tears that Musical Theatre West has made Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star its 66th season opener.
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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

There’s no better month for a ghost story than October and no better place for Halloween chills this year than the City Of Roses as Pasadena Playhouse trick-or-treats audiences to the The Woman In Black, the West End smash comedy thriller staged just as Londoners have been eating it up nonstop since 1989.
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BABY EYES

Playwright Donald Jolly takes us back to 1950s Baltimore via Ancient Greece in Baby Eyes, a Playwrights’ Arena World Premiere that scores points for ambitious intentions if not for its campy mix of ancient myth, Greek tragedy, ’50s melodrama, and men in drag.
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THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY

Thirteen multitalented millennials, an inspired director and choreographer, and one of the most tuneful and insightful scores in years make for musical theater magic in Neil Bartram and Brian Hill’s The Theory Of Relativity, now playing at NoHo’s Gray Studios.
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ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Tom Stoppard ponders the absurdity of life and the inevitability of death in his existentialist comedy classic Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, the thrillingly staged if occasionally inscrutable latest from A Noise Within.
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REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

Real women not only have curves, they join forces to bring audiences a female-fueled revival of Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, a Garry Marshall Theatre crowd-pleaser if there ever was one.
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EVERYTHING THAT NEVER HAPPENED

Playwright Sarah B. Mantell rights centuries of wrong done Shakespeare’s Jessica, Lorenzo, and Shylock in The Theatre @ Boston Court’s adventurous, challenging Everything That Never Happened. But be forewarned and forearmed. The more familiar you are with its Merchant Of Venice protagonists, the greater the rewards of Mantell’s World Premiere romcom will be.
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