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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pump Boys and Dinettes by Vanessa Cate

Pump Boys and Dinettes Reviewed by Julia Stier  Sierra Madre Playhouse Through July 29  The Sierra Madre Playhouse is serving up a slice of life on Highway 57 with Pump Boys and Dinettes.…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dead Boys by Vanessa Cate

Dead Boys Reviewed by Neal Weaver Celebration Theatre Company  Through July 31 RECOMMENDED Matthew Scott Montgomery’s play is not nearly as grim as its title suggests. Beneath its me…

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Vanessa Cate

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Reviewed by Angie Hoover City Garage Theater Through August 12 There are jokes in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, but you wouldn't know it if you've se…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Faustus by Vanessa Cate

Faustus Reviewed by Dana Martin  Archway Theatre Company at Woodbury University Library  Through July 14th Archway Theatre Company bravely makes a deal with the devil by staging Faustus…

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We Need This Musical To Stop Us From Killing Ourselves by Vanessa Cate

We Need This Musical To Stop Us From Killing Ourselves Reviewed by Lovell Estell III Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre Through July 14 RECOMMENDED Halfway into Glasgow Lyman and Jeff Rosic…

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The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne by Vanessa Cate

The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne Reviewed by Iris Mann  Odyssey Theatre  Through August 12 On July 18, 1969, Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Blade of Jealousy by Vanessa Cate

The Blade of Jealousy Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian Henry Ong Through August 25 Henry Ong’s The Blade of Jealousy — a reimagining of Spanish playwright Tirso de Molina’s Celosa de s…

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Sweet Charity by Vanessa Cate

Sweet Charity  Reviewed by Katie Buenneke  Reprise 2.0  Through July 1  If you didn’t know any better, it would be easy to forget that Sweet Charity, now playing at UCLA, is a musical…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Crucible by Vanessa Cate

The Crucible Reviewed by Angie Hoover Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Through August 19 Originally written as an allegory for the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s, Arthur Miller's The C…

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The Humans by Vanessa Cate

The Humans Reviewed by Dana Martin  Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre  Through July 29th Family has an uncanny ability to reveal one’s flaws— and usually over dinner. Step…

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Rumors by Vanessa Cate

Rumors Reviewed by Neal Weaver The Group Rep Through July 29 RECOMMENDED Prolific playwright Neil Simon made his name with a long and successful series of character- driven comedies, in…

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Slaughter City by Vanessa Cate

Slaughter City Reviewed by Terry Morgan Coeurage Theatre Company Through July 14  The plight of the blue-collar worker and the struggle of union versus management is undeniably a worthy…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Savage Love by Vanessa Cate

Savage Love Reviewed by Julia Stier  Charlene Westbrook  Closed  Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s play Savage Love is an evocative, experimental piece of theatre. Unusual and melanchol…

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Millennial Pink by Vanessa Cate

Millennial Pink  Reviewed by Julia Stier  Olivia Brooks & Sarah Suits Obenauf (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Closed Millennial Pink, by Sarah Suits Obenauf, is a collection of four wi…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Henry IV by Vanessa Cate

Henry IV Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles  Through July 1 So, you’re considering putting down the money and making the three-plus hour commitment to see …

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Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia by Vanessa Cate

Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia Reviewed by Julia Stier  Lucid Dramatics  Through June 22 In Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia — a modernized take on Hamlet playing this month at …

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The Study by Vanessa Cate

The Study Reviewed by Angie Hoover Make Believe Stage Productions (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 23 The Study, directed by Jared Tyrel Pixler and written by David Evan Stolwort…

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Gloria by Vanessa Cate

Gloria Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  Lounge Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 21 New Zealand writer/performer Amy Waller brings the story of her nana to life in her one-woman …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Play On! A Musical Romp with Shakespeare’s Heroines by Vanessa Cate

Play On! A Musical Romp with Shakespeare’s Heroines  Reviewed by Julia Stier  Laura Jo Trexler (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 24 “If music be the food of love… PLAY ON!”…

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House of Tales by Vanessa Cate

House of Tales Reviewed by Angie Hoover Make Believe Stage Productions (Hollywood Fringe Festival)Through June 23 House of Tales, written and directed by Changting Lu with an ensemble of l…

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Dorothy & Alice: An Aerial Play by Vanessa Cate

Dorothy & Alice: An Aerial Play Reviewed by Angie Hoover Aeriform Arts Studio (Hollywood Fringe Festival)Closed Two lesbians walk into a bar… and hang from it as it ascends 10 ft. in…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes by Vanessa Cate

Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Burglars of Hamm (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 22 Out of 390 shows in this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, more t…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sam Shaber: Life, Death, and Duran Duran by Vanessa Cate

Sam Shaber: Life, Death, and Duran Duran  Reviewed by Julia Stier  The Ruby Theatre at The Complex Hollywood (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Through June 21 Sam Shaber has known a lot of j…

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Frankenstein by Vanessa Cate

Frankenstein  Reviewed by Dana Martin  Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group  Through June 30th Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group has created a monster. An unsettling, innovat…

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Freebird Goes to Mars by Vanessa Cate

Freebird Goes to Mars  Reviewed by Iris Mann Lounge Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Through June 24 RECOMMENDED Rarely do 45 minutes fly by as quickly as they do in this solo show …

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Life on Hiatus by Vanessa Cate

Life on Hiatus  Reviewed by Iris Mann  Lounge Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Closed Australian writer/ performer Lachlan the Bray has crafted an intricate piece of spoken word poet…

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Tar by Vanessa Cate

Tar Reviewed by Neal Weaver Playwrights’ Arena Through July 2 RECOMMENDED It’s Los Angeles in 1939. Count Basie and his band are scheduled to play at the Palomar Ballroom — one of…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Still by Vanessa Cate

Still Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  Actors Company (Hollywood Fringe)  Through June 24th A girl goes to a party. She likes the way she’s dressed, she feels pretty. She lets her guard down …

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Reverend JEAU’s Revival by Vanessa Cate

The Reverend JEAU’s Revival Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian The Hobgoblin Playhouse (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Closed The Reverend JEAU’s Revival (written by Joshua Raff, Lizz Leiser, …

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Word by Vanessa Cate

The Word Reviewed by Lovell Estell III Three Clubs (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 23 It could well be that sometime in the future inner-city churches and preachers of the “pr…

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Spiritual Ecstasy by Vanessa Cate

Spiritual Ecstasy Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  The Lounge Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Through June 16 While I am loath to rigidly define what is or is not “theatre”, it is admi…

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