THEATER REVIEWS

THEATER REVIEWS

  • Review: Revolution in 'Haiti' stirs the New World

    Review: Revolution in 'Haiti' stirs the New World

    Imagine happening upon an all-but-lost piece of history. That opportunity awaits at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, where you’ll find the 1938 play “Haiti,” created under the auspices of the Depression-era arts-funding program the Federal Theatre Project. The Theatricum folks think this is the...

  • The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 19-26: 'The Glass Menagerie,' 'Ain't Too Proud' and more

    The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 19-26: 'The Glass Menagerie,' 'Ain't Too Proud' and more

    Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings High Street Broadcast Old-fashioned radio-style show features original music, comedy sketches, and a tale of suspense with live sound effects....

  • The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 12-19: 'End of the Rainbow' and more

    The week ahead in SoCal theater, Aug. 12-19: 'End of the Rainbow' and more

    Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Ada Vox The drag artist and “American Idol” finalist performs; with special guests, “American Idol’s” David Hernandez and Effie Passero....

  • Review: In 'Under Milk Wood,' the lost and the lonely live in the poetry of Dylan Thomas

    Review: In 'Under Milk Wood,' the lost and the lonely live in the poetry of Dylan Thomas

    “Under Milk Wood,” Dylan Thomas’ 1954 radio play that was adapted for stage and screen, presents a formidable challenge, whomever the interpreter, whatever the format. Set over roughly 24 hours in the sleepy Welsh seaside town of Llareggub (read that backward and you’ll get an idea of the piece’s...

  • In 'Lysistrata Unbound,' the women go to war against war

    In 'Lysistrata Unbound,' the women go to war against war

    How much wartime loss does it take to transform acquiescence into resistance? The question’s relevance to the present prompted director and choreographer John Farmanesh-Bocca and playwright Eduardo Machado to look to the past for a way to frame the impassioned antiwar message of their new play,...

  • Armenian genocide fuels Rogue Machine's '100 Aprils'

    Armenian genocide fuels Rogue Machine's '100 Aprils'

    The lies that have increasingly flowed into our post-truth era are terrifying stuff, to be sure. Arguably as painful are the omissions of fact — those stubborn denials of the undeniable that echo through the generations. The refusal of the Turkish government to acknowledge the Armenian genocide...

  • The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 1-8: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Griffith Park and more

    The week ahead in SoCal theater, July 1-8: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Griffith Park and more

    Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings Dead Boys A young gay man and the former classmate who used to bully him are trapped in the basement of their old high school in Matthew...

  • The week ahead in SoCal theater: 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' and more

    The week ahead in SoCal theater: 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' and more

    Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.). Openings The Blade of Jealousy Henry Ong’s new modern-day adaptation of Spanish playwright Tirso de Molina’s classic comedy “La Celosa De Si Misma...

  • 'The Humans' at the Ahmanson: Quite possibly the best cast of actors you can see anywhere

    'The Humans' at the Ahmanson: Quite possibly the best cast of actors you can see anywhere

    If there’s a better acting ensemble working in America right now than the extraordinary cast of “The Humans,” which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre with nearly the entire Broadway cast intact, I’m unaware of its existence. Stephen Karam’s drama, which won the 2016 Tony Award for best play,...

  • 'Skeleton Crew' at the Geffen Playhouse: The plight of the American worker, finally center stage

    'Skeleton Crew' at the Geffen Playhouse: The plight of the American worker, finally center stage

    The handwriting is on the wall for the workers at one of the last standing small auto plants in Detroit. They know management is planning to shut down the operation, but they don’t know when and, more existentially worrying, they don’t who they will be when their occupation is stolen from them....

  • 'The Ballad of Bimini Baths' plunges into L.A. history

    'The Ballad of Bimini Baths' plunges into L.A. history

    Water is a vivid metaphor in Los Angeles. We live in a desert beside an ocean, an existence of simultaneous want and plenitude. Another, lesser-known water source inspires “The Ballad of Bimini Baths,” a trio of plays by local playwright Tom Jacobson. Bimini was a popular swimming and spa complex...

  • Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons fill 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' with sorrow and savagery

    Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons fill 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' with sorrow and savagery

    There are two main reasons to once again undergo Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which opened Sunday at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The first is Lesley Manville’s breathtaking performance as Mary Tyrone, who is played not as an excuse...

  • The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'

    The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'

    Slyly seductive and vigorously distracting, “Cabaret” keeps you enthralled while the world goes to hell. Set in 1929 and ’30, the show captures the jittery throb of Germany’s fragile, fractious but richly creative Weimar era as its brief existence got crushed in the Great Depression and indignant...

  • Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause

    Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause

    Tackling both parts of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” in an outdoor staging with a company of actors not primarily known as Elizabethan specialists is a recipe for a long and bumpy night. So it’s a credit to the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles for not only averting disaster but getting so much right....

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