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Monday, May 20, 2024

“Girl from the North Country” reviewed by Terry Morgan

Musicals can have many different formats, but the two most prevalent structures these days are the traditional and the jukebox. The traditional (incorporating Sondheim, because his changes a…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:36PM
Thursday, May 16, 2024

WATCHING THE DARK – “You Can’t Run Forever” reviewed by Terry Morgan

Welcome to Watching the Dark, a new regular column featuring reviews and articles about horror films. Written by Terry Morgan. You Can’t Run Forever from Lionsgate I’ve been a cr…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:12PM
Monday, April 29, 2024

“Nora” at Antaeus – reviewed by Terry Morgan

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, perhaps the road to freedom is paved with righteous anger? Henrik Ibsen may have thought so when he wrote his proto-feminist play, A Doll�…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:18PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

“Fat Ham” at the Geffen – reviewed by Terry Morgan

According to the great sages of the internet, Hamlet is the most produced play in world history, and whether or not that claim is true, the indecisive Dane is certainly ubiquitous. And if it…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:42PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at A Noise Within – reviewed by Terry Morgan

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd is my favorite musical. Its combination of a beautiful score, clever lyrics and unusually gruesome subject matter is sui generis. When it�…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:48PM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Antaeus presents “The Winter’s Tale” – reviewed by Terry Morgan

“A sad tale’s best for winter,” Shakespeare has one of his characters opine in his penultimate work, The Winter’s Tale, an odd duck of a play that’s mostly been overshadowed by his…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:32AM
Friday, January 26, 2024

Now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse – “Kate” by Terry Morgan

I find one-person shows one of the most difficult types of theatre to review, for several reasons. If the quality of the writing or performance isn’t good, there may be nothing but negativ…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 11:18PM
Thursday, December 21, 2023

Roundup – The Ten Best Theater Productions of 2023 by Terry Morgan

Although no year in which the Mark Taper Forum is at least temporarily shuttered and the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s programming is reduced can be said to be an entirely positive year for Los A…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:42PM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

“Inherit the Wind” now at Pasadena Playhouse by Terry Morgan

One of the great pleasures of theater is seeing a revival of a classic play not only succeed on its own merits but also be relevant to modern times. Certain works such as The Crucible or Ene…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:18AM
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

“Slow Thunder” reviewed by Terry Morgan

Sometimes great actors can save a bad play. The sheer strength of their talent or the brilliance of their star power dazzles us into not noticing or caring that the vehicle they’re in is l…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:07PM
Thursday, October 5, 2023

Life Sucks. by Terry Morgan

The first time I encountered Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, I identified strongly with the title character, both with his frustrations and what he thought of as the tragedy of his life. As I got o…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:49PM
Sunday, September 17, 2023

“Measure STILL for Measure” at Boston Court by Terry Morgan

Measure for Measure has been referred to as Shakespeare’s “#MeToo play,” a story in which a man in power uses his clout to try and sexually abuse a woman, except that she stands up to …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:03PM
Thursday, August 31, 2023

“Heroes of the Fourth Turning” at Rogue Machine by Terry Morgan

In a world in which a repulsive con man can get elected president and turn the entire Republican party into a credulous and insane mob, it’s to be expected that somebody would try to write…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:04PM
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

“Peter Pan Goes Wrong” reviewed by Terry Morgan

For better or worse, it’s human nature to find the misfortune of others amusing. YouTube is filled with videos of people making mistakes or getting hit somewhere unpleasant by a stray ball…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 10:13PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

“Crabs in a Bucket” at the Echo by Terry Morgan

When I got to my seat at the Atwater Village Theatre, I saw a note. It informed me that this seat was in “the Crabby Zone,” and that performers in crab costumes with outsized claws would…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:49PM
Wednesday, July 5, 2023

“The Tempest” at Antaeus by Terry Morgan

I have seen a fair number of Shakespeare plays altered by directors in my day, from modernizations to setting/era changes, and the main thing is that the alterations have to successfully ill…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:19PM
Tuesday, June 27, 2023

“Fetch Clay, Make Man” at the Kirk Douglas by Terry Morgan

The subject of unlikely friendships is always intriguing (however will this cat and dog get along?), and none seems more unlikely than the friendship between boxing legend Muhammad Ali and e…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:19PM
Thursday, April 27, 2023

Laguna Playhouse presents “The Realistic Joneses” by Terry Morgan

Laguna Playhouse, in association with Gare St. Lazare, Ireland and the Rubicon Theatre Company, presents the rolling Southern California premiere of The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno. Th…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:06PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

“Kiss of the Spider Woman” at A Noise Within – reviewed by Terry Morgan

The reasons that a piece of art works in one format but not so well in another are many and varied. In a time in which seemingly everything is being turned into a musical, and every animated…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:36PM
Friday, March 24, 2023

Now at the Taper – “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” reviewed by Terry Morgan

The 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, known more colloquially as the “L.A. riots,” happened almost 31 years ago. Anna Deavere Smith’s play about it, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, premiered in …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 10:32PM
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Echo Theater Company presents “The Thin Place” by Terry Morgan

Plays concerning the supernatural or people attempting to communicate with the departed have been with us for a while, from Noël Coward’s comical Blithe Spirit to Prince Gomolvilas’ exc…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:00PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Pasadena Playhouse presents “Sunday in the Park with George” by Terry Morgan

Stephen Sondheim revolutionized musical theater. He took his initial mastery of the classic tuner (from shows such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story and Gyps…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:00PM
Monday, February 13, 2023

Geffen Playhouse presents “The First Deep Breath.” by Terry Morgan

Plays in which family secrets are tragically revealed are nothing new – Oedipus and his mom were shocking audiences back as far as 429 BCE. In the U.S., the 500 lb. gorilla of this genre w…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:00PM
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

“The Realistic Joneses” at the Rubicon by Terry Morgan

The first time I saw a play by Will Eno was about 15 years ago, by Circle X Theatre Company of The Flu Season. It was an excellent production in many ways, but there was one scene in which a…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:00PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Rogue Machine presents the debut of Justin Tanner’s “Little Theatre” by Terry Morgan

Production photos by Jeff Lorch. Memory plays are a tricky proposition. Hew strictly to the truth and the story may not be dramatic enough; indulge in creative license and literal-minded …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 11:24PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

“Clyde’s” makes its West Coast premiere at the Mark Taper Forum – reviewed by Terry Morgan

According to a survey conducted by American Theater magazine, Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s is currently the most produced play in the U.S. It’s not surprising that Nottage’s work is being …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:32PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

“2:22 – A Ghost Story” reviewed by Terry Morgan

I’m a horror film fan. I probably see 75-100 horror movies a year, and have done so for a long, long time. So I can state with certain knowledge that the cheapest of all scares is the jump…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:42PM
Monday, October 31, 2022

To Kill a Mockingbird at the Pantages – reviewed  by Terry Morgan

When Harper Lee wrote her novel To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, she didn’t think it would be a big success. Sixty-two years later, the book has been taught to millions of students in school…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:18PM
Friday, October 21, 2022

“The Inheritance” at the Geffen – reviewed by Terry Morgan

The epigraph of E. M. Forster’s 1910 novel, Howards End, is “Only connect…” This motto mainly referred to opening oneself up to the world and other people for greater understanding a…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:19PM
Monday, September 26, 2022

Rogue Machine presents “A Great Wilderness” – reviewed by Terry Morgan

In my experience, ninety percent of the time that there’s an issue with a theatrical production, the problem is the play itself. It’s surprisingly rare for the main trouble to be with th…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:07PM
Thursday, July 28, 2022

If I Forget at The Fountain – reviewed by Terry Morgan

Religion is ever with us, for good or ill. We humans seem to be hardwired with a need for the numinous. Steven Levenson’s play, If I Forget, begins with a psalm and ends with a vision, the…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:48PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards