Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Theater Review’

DESSA ROSE

A black slave and her white mistress become the unlikeliest of allies in the pre-Civil War South in Chromolume Theatre’s impressively sung Los Angeles premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s gorgeously scored, problematically scripted Dessa Rose.
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PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Pasadena Playhouse is throwing a beach party and you’re invited to share the stage with the players as the audaciously talented young Chicago troupe known as The Hypocrites treat L.A. audiences to the fun-in-the-sun extravaganza that is their take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance.
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RAGTIME

Immigrants told to leave the U.S. and return to the “cesspools” from which they came. Blacks denied their basic civil rights. Wealthy whites still imagining an America in which neither of the aforementioned groups existed. If this sounds more like the stuff of today’s headlines than a twenty-year-old Broadway musical set over a hundred years in the past, all the more reason to celebrate the stirring big-stage revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Ragtime now earning standing ovations at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre.
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NOTHING IS THE SAME

Nothing Is The Same from the moment four 1941 Hawaiian preteens witness the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor one sunny December morning in the latest audience-pleasing entry in Sierra Madre Playhouse’s annual Field Trip Series, staged on school days to local kids and on weekends to general audiences of all ages.
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THE HOTHOUSE

The nuts are running the nuthouse in the darkly comedic, rarely performed Harold Pinter gem that is the latest from Antaeus Theatre Company, written when Pinter was a mere twenty-seven but shelved till he turned fifty, and perhaps more than any other partner-cast Antaeus gem before it, one that truly merits a second visit.
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A DELICATE SHIP

Questions of “What if…” haunt the memories of the trio of 30somethings who propel Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship, the latest dramatic sensation from North Hollywood’s Road Theatre Company and a play that will stick with you long after its final fade to black.
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CABARET

There’ve been Cabarets light, Cabarets dark, and Cabarets in between, but there’s probably never been a Cabaret as pitch black as the stunning German Expressionist nightmare director Larry Carpenter has unleashed on audiences at the La Mirada Theatre For the Performing Arts.
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THE LAST WIFE

A captivating Olivia Saccomanno rules the stage as Queen Katherine Parr in Kate Hennig’s fascinating feminist take on The Last Wife (of Henry VIII), now getting its Los Angeles Premiere at Theatre 40 in a production not quite ready for its Opening Night.
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