Posts Tagged ‘Lounge Theatre’

reasons to be pretty

Neil LaBute dissects male-female relationships as only he can—savagely, but not without humor and maybe even a sliver of hope—in reasons to be pretty, his 2008 button-pusher now being given a dynamically directed, sensationally acted intimate revival at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre.
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ORPHANS

Rising star Leo B. Ramsey burns up the stage opposite gifted teen newcomer Breaker Novogratz and dynamic stage-and-screen vet Ray Abruzzo in Lyle Kessler’s powerful three-hander Orphans, now thrilling and devastating audiences in equal measure at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre.
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A GOOD FAMILY

RECOMMENDED

A charge of rape lodged against their college student son casts a pall over a Midwestern American couple’s Christmas Eve celebration in A Good Family, Marja-Lewis Ryan’s World Premiere drama that combines several of the elements that made her award-winning One In The Chamber a critical/popular hit last year—crisp writing, outstanding acting, edge-of-your-seat suspense—yet feels incomplete, and not simply for its hour-and-change running time.
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SIBLING RIVALRY

A pair of one-act dramedies written sixteen years apart by two different playwrights make for one compelling, superbly acted evening of Sibling Rivalry at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre.
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DOWN THE ROAD

RECOMMENDED

Chaz Bono’s bravura performance as a serial killer incarcerated for life is the best reason to catch Lee Blessing’s gripping if frustrating Down The Road, now playing at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre.
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ALL-AMERICAN GIRL


A girl-next-door Bostonian turns Islamic terrorist in Wendy Graf’s powerful, thought-provoking solo-play All-American Girl, now getting its World Premiere production at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre under Anita Khanzadian’s astute, visually imaginative direction.
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WIT

NOT RECOMMENDED

Too much meddling with a Pulitzer Prize winner, along with an otherwise effective Kelly Carlton’s unwillingness to “go all the way,” make Stage Against The Machine’s revival of Margaret Edson’s Wit a no-go despite co-director Carlton’s often quite moving work as Vivian Bearing PhD and a couple of terrific supporting turns.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Queer Classics’ reinvention of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, the Scenie-winning Hollywood Fringe Festival Production Of The Year, is back for a full-length run with almost all of its Comedic Ensemble Performance Of The Year cast intact—and if you’re any kind of Wilde fan (or simply want to enjoy ninety minutes of nonstop laughter), forget how many Earnests you’ve seen before and see this one. I repeat. See this one! (See it if it’s your first time too.)
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