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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: BLUE MAN GROUP IN CONCERT (Hollywood Bowl) by Tom Chaits

BLUE MAN GROUP GETS BOWLED OVER International phenomenon Blue Man Group (BMG) made their Hollywood Bowl debut on Friday in a wildly uneven yet ultimately entertaining evening ranging from m…

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN (Geffen Playhouse) by Tom Chaits

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER…OR IS IT? Smart, funny and thought-provoking, Rapture, Blister Burn has arrived at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood with the original New York cast in tow. Writ…

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: REVELATION (Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

RUPTERED RAPTURE Attending the opening night of a comedy at one of the smaller 99 seat theaters in Los Angeles can be problematic. In addition to a minute smattering of critics and avid thea…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE JUDY SHOW: MY LIFE AS A SITCOM (Geffen Playhouse in Westwood) by Tom Chaits

IT IS WHAT IT IS Set your “expectation meter” in the mid-range and you will probably enjoy The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom starring comedienne Judy Gold. However, if you enter the the…

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: WATSON AND THE DARK ART OF HARRY HOUDINI (Sacred Fools) by Tom Chaits

JEKYLL AND HYDE DIRECTION MAKES THE MAGIC DISAPPEAR IN WATSON AND THE DARK ART OF HARRY HOUDINI Writer/Director Jaime Robledo follows up his award-winning smash hit Watson: The Last Great Ta…

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: DYING CITY (Rogue Machine Theatre) by Tom Chaits

ALIVE WITH AMBIGUITY If you require a neat and tidy ending, a feeling of clarity, and a sense of completion to insure your theatrical enjoyment, then Dying City – making its Los Angeles pr…

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE NORTH PLAN (The Elephant Space in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

THE NORTH PLAN STARTS ON COURSE THEN GOES SOUTH A ruthless splinter group has seized power in Washington and a low level bureaucrat who has escaped with the new regime’s “hit list” is …

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE ROYALE (Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre) by Tom Chaits

THE ROYALE PACKS A PUNCH SLAP There are many things to recommend about The Royale, currently making its World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The staging is brilliant, the fight choreo…

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: ANNAPURNA (Odyssey) by Tom Chaits

A ROCKY ROCKY MOUNTAIN ROMANCE In mountaineering lingo, “committing” refers to forcing yourself into a place of no return leaving nowhere to go but forward; and so it is with life, loss …

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

San Diego Theater Review: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (The Old Globe Theatre) by Tom Chaits

CHARM GALORE WITH A SIDE OF CHARM THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a captivatingly charming affair. Set in Edwardian England, the west coast premiere is…

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: TRAINSPOTTING (Elephant Theatre in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

TRAINSPOTTING IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK Whether L.A. theatergoers are ready or not, seat of your pants Productions has resurrected it’s much ballyhooed 2002 mounting of Henry Gibson’s Trains…

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO (The White Big Top in Burbank) by Tom Chaits

BEHOLD THE BREATHTAKING BEAUTY OF CAVALIA’S ODYSSEO In 2003, Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, was ready to up the entertainment ante when he introduced his e…

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: COMPLETE (Wilder Theatrics at the Matrix Theatre) by Tom Chaits

A COMPLETE WASTE OF WORDS If you hold a doctorate in linguistics then you might (and that’s a very questionable “might”) find some interesting banter in Complete, the alleged comedy wr…

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: A FAMILY THING (Echo Theatre Company by Tom Chaits

BRAWL IN THE FAMILY It’s a funny thing about families. We didn’t choose them, but they form the most important relationships in our lives. It’s the luck of the draw and some of us get …

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: BENCHED (InterACT at Avery Schreiber) by Tom Chaits

BENCHED SHOULD HAVE BEEN BENCHED A cantankerous senior gets his dander up when he discovers a stranger occupying his favorite Central Park bench in the L.A. premiere of Richard Broadhurst’…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: WALKING THE TIGHTROPE (24th STreet Theatre) by Tom Chaits

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE STRIKES A PERFECT BALANCE AND SOARS TO THEATRICAL PERFECTION Lab24, the resident experimental theater company of the 24th STreet Theatre [sic], has scored a stupendous …

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE SNAKE CAN (Odyssey Theatre) by Tom Chaits

OPEN THIS SNAKE CAN AND ALL THAT POPS OUT IS WHINE AND CHEESE Three BFFs get together to commiserate over their fates in the world premiere of The Snake Can, Kathryn Grant’s (Hermetically …

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: HAPPY FACE SAD FACE (Elephant Lillian Theatre) by Tom Chaits

A UNIQUELY ENTERTAINING MISSED OPPORTUNITY The concept of Happy Face Sad Face is an intriguing one that consists of two one act plays; the first a drama, the second a comedy. Now before you …

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE (NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

SIBLINGS ON A CRASH COURSE IN ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE It’s a no brainer to assume that with two marquee names (Loretta Swit and Harry Hamlin) and the backing of the multi-award winning NoHo Ar…

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Los Angeles Theater Review: SLIPPED DISC (Son of Semele Theater) by Tom Chaits

SLIPPED DISC NEEDS A STRONGER SPINE The mission of Green Card Theatre is to expose Los Angeles audiences to plays and playwrights from around the world. Their inaugural production entitled S…

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (Falcon Theatre) by Tom Chaits

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES OUGHT TO BE BETTER You would be hard-pressed to find anyone proclaiming I Ought To Be In Pictures to be Neil Simon’s finest hour, but even with its shortcomin…

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Actors Co-op) by Tom Chaits

THEY’RE DROPPING LIKE FLIES AT ACTORS CO-OP Since it was first published in1939,  Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (originally titled Ten Little Niggers and quickly re…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE BEAT GOES ON! (Arena Stage in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

SASSY SENIORS PROVE THE BEAT GOES ON FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART At 80 years young Jackie Goldberg, a.k.a. The Pink Lady, is on a mission. After becoming a widow at 70 she created a series of sem…

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Stage and Cinema Interview: GRANT GERSHON (Musical Director of Los Angeles Master Chorale) by Tom Chaits

L.A. MASTER CHORALE’S GRANT GERSHON PIPES UP The Los Angeles Master Chorale kicks off its 49th season on Sunday, October 21st at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with an organ and choral e…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: COLLECTED STORIES (Odyssey Theatre) by Tom Chaits

COLLECTED STORIES: A SNOOZE INDUCING  ”WRITE” OF PASSAGE As a critic I hope for one of two things: either a production is fantastic or, to be blunt, it sucks. For me at least, a…

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND (Crossley Theatre in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

A WHOLE NEW WORLD Musical revues are a tricky business. While highly enjoyable and entertaining, even high profile compilations like Side By Side By Sondheim and the Fats Waller song book Ai…

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY (Theatre 68 in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY – FUHGEDDABOUDIT! Originally produced as Emergency Used Candles for NYC’s Emerging Artists Theatre One Woman Standing Festival and then followed by a run at the…

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: ELEPHANT ROOM (Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City) by Tom Chaits

MAGIC TRICKS OR TRAGIC MIX? Everyone once in a while a show comes along that defies classification. Elephant Room, making its West Coast Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is one such show…

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Los Angeles Theater Review: FISHING (The Archway Theatre) by Tom Chaits

FISHING FOR LAUGHS If you are now or were at some point a wannabe entertainment professional, chances are you’re no stranger to slinging hash in a greasy spoon to make ends meet.  Pla…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE GRӦNHOLM METHOD (Falcon Theatre in Burbank) by Tom Chaits

CORPORATE FOUR-PLAY As the audience files into the Falcon Theater for their performance of The Grӧnholm Method, the sleek, stark and sterile meeting room of  Fortune 500 company Burnham + …

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED (Zephyr Theatre) by Tom Chaits

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, BUT THE AUDIENCE WASN’T SO LUCKY Douglas Carter Beane’s 2007 Tony-nominated play The Little Dog Laughed is a comedy. Apparently director Jon Cortez did no…

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