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Monday, May 8, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: PURE CONFIDENCE (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble at Sacred Fools) by Jason Rohrer

PURE CONFIDENCE BY A NOSE Featuring a bright, pretty Tom Buderwitz set, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble’s Pure Confidence is a chance to see something increasingly rare under Equity rules…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:52AM
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: PERICLES (The Porters of Hellsgate in North Hollywood) by Jason Rohrer

PRINCE ON FIRE Chronicling the lurid and lamentable swashbuckles of a permanent ingenue, Pericles is a Book of Job for the Age of Reason. If the play were self-aware enough to be cynical, wi…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 01:35AM
Monday, April 17, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Coeurage Theatre Company at the Kirk Douglas Theatre) by Jason Rohrer

THE LOVE CONTINUES [Editor’s Note: To celebrate the work being done on intimate stages in Los Angeles, the Center Theatre Group (CTG) is producing Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. …

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:58AM
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Theater Feature: BRIDGE TO AFRICA! (B.R.I.D.G.E. Theatre Project in Kigali, Rwanda) by Jason Rohrer

BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE I once picked up a hitchhiker a half-mile from a state prison. It was dusk. He wore prison blues and carried a child’s backpack full of knives, cigarette lighters a…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:35AM
Monday, March 27, 2017

Los Angeles Cabaret Review: ABSINTHE (Spiegelworld Tent at L.A. Live) by Jason Rohrer

TITS AND SASS My only problem with 20 year old acrobats and showgirls is that they’re not going to date me while I’m in Las Vegas to catch a show. The casinos that hire them aren…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 01:15AM
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: RULES OF SECONDS (Los Angeles Theatre Center) by Jason Rohrer

GOOD FORM AND OTHERS Most playwrights look like they’d rather kiss an ass than kick it. I like John Pollono because he looks like he came expressly to throw a beating, and so it is fac…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 08:45PM
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR (The Wooster Group at REDCAT) by Jason Rohrer

BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER Having complained more than once that postmodern deconstruction often a) picks on literature that can’t fight back and b) discourages dialogue by speaking in a…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:02PM
Monday, March 20, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE OFFENDING GESTURE (Son of Semele Ensemble) by Jason Rohrer

DEFENSIVE ACTION Richard Brinsley Sheridan learned the consequence of gesture earlier than most of us. At 21, he fought two duels with the same man over the same woman; having once spared hi…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:03AM
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Geffen Playhouse in Westwood) by Jason Rohrer

ALTERNATIVE FACTS Eugene O’Neill is one of those gigantically influential artists whom it is often difficult for later generations to enjoy. The innovations he cribbed from Ibsen and C…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 03:20AM
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Feature: RUBY LAPEYRE (now in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at Morgan-Wixson) by Jason Rohrer

THOROUGHLY THESPIAN Youth theater is mostly musicals, and many musicals are essentially infantilizing entertainments, most appropriate to teaching children how to perform. The kids themselve…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 04:54PM
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Feature: IMPRO THEATRE’S HOLIDAY OFFERINGS, 2016 by Jason Rohrer

IMPRO FOR THE HOLIDAYS -dad- Family sucks. Spending time with the people you moved away from is so un-American, so anti-Manifest Destiny, such an embarrassing parochial guilt-trip, that it&#…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:47PM
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: ICEBERGS (Geffen) by Jason Rohrer

METHANE DEPOSIT A new play opened at the Geffen this week. It is called Icebergs, and it was written by Alena Smith. It was directed by Playhouse artistic director Randall Arney. It is a sho…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 09:02PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: 1984 (Greenway Arts Alliance at the Greenway Court Theatre) by Jason Rohrer

LOVE STORY Watching 1984 live, in a roomful of high school students, my biggest surprise was how long two minutes lasts. I’m a hateful person now, and as a teenager even more so, but d…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 05:54PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL (Coeurage Theatre in North Hollywood) by Jason Rohrer

AGITPOOP When Urinetown opened up Off-Broadway in 2001, then splashed all over Broadway just after 9/11, the show was hailed as a Brechtian revamp of musical theater. About an overpopulated…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:34PM
Monday, November 7, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: HANSEL & GRETEL BLUEGRASS (24th Street Theatre) by Jason Rohrer

FAIRY TALE THEATER Debbie Devine and Jay McAdams are a theater couple. They’ve been putting up shows for a long time. If you and your love dream of having your own space and staging yo…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:05PM
Monday, October 31, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: VICUÑA (Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City) by Jason Rohrer

TWO HOURS HATE While getting fitted for a hundred-thousand dollar suit, a gross presidential-candidate billionaire argues politics with his immigrant tailor. Several monologues inform the bi…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:40PM
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: BLUEBERRY TOAST (The Echo Theater Company in Atwater Village) by Jason Rohrer

INCONVENIENT TRUTH A show as good as Blueberry Toast should be a city-wide phenomenon but it’s going up in Atwater Village, so not a lot of people from the West Side are going to see i…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 01:38PM
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: A TASTE OF HONEY (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble) by Jason Rohrer

EAU DE MANCHESTER Kim Rubinstein’s new Odyssey production treats Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 A Taste of Honey not as a Chippendale museum piece but, smartly, as a serviceable old Sear…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 05:00PM
Friday, September 23, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: AND THEN THEY FELL (Brimmer Street Theatre Company) by Jason Rohrer

FELLED Brimmer St. Theatre Co. only puts up a play when it thinks it’s got one worth doing, and always one that it has developed in-house. Some years it doesn’t produce anything …

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 11:49AM
Monday, September 12, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: A LIGHT IN DARK PLACES: A COLLECTION OF PLAYS FOR HOPE (Stella Adler Lab in Hollywood) by Jason Rohrer

SUICIDE ISN’T PAINLESS My dad had a great record collection. At 16, I would drive over after school to smoke cigarettes and listen to Stan Getz. One afternoon I found Pop putting his a…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:04PM
Monday, June 20, 2016

Regional Theater Review: DISTRICT MERCHANTS (Folger Theatre in Washington D.C.) by Jason Rohrer

“IT SHALL GO HARD BUT I WILL BETTER THE INSTRUCTION” Deep into the world premiere of Aaron Posner’s variation on The Merchant of Venice last Saturday, Shylock pointed at me from th…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 05:56AM
Monday, May 16, 2016

Regional Theater Review: BAKERSFIELD MIST (Olney Theatre Center in Maryland) by Jason Rohrer

THE FOGGIEST In a 2007 issue of Washington Post Magazine, Gene Weingarten recounts Joshua Bell’s 45 minutes busking in a D.C. Metro station. One of the world’s most famous violin…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:24AM
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: BROKEN FENCES (The Road on Magnolia in North Hollywood) by Jason Rohrer

FENCES THIS AIN’T We are taught that tolerance is a virtue, that common ground is not only findable but a state of mind. We are taught that our obligation is to our neighbor as much as…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 01:32PM
Monday, March 14, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: SLEUTH (Little Fish Theatre Company in San Pedro) by Jason Rohrer

YOU WANT THE SLEUTH..? The kind of intimate theater I saw Sunday is targeted for elimination by Actors’ Equity Association: Low-tech projects, produced of donated resources without ho…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 10:33PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: VIEUX CARRÉ  (Coeurage Theatre Company at Lankershim Arts Center) by Jason Rohrer

QUITE A VIEUX Tennessee Williams deserves the credit he gets for a few outstanding texts, but for my money much of his oeuvre has been falsely enriched, and the late, long Vieux Carré (1977…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:10PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX (Mark Taper Forum) by Jason Rohrer

TOWARD A SAFE THEATER In 2015 Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love & Sex opened to mixed notices Off Broadway, which seems to be the exact pipeline for shows to get produced at L…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:42PM

Los Angeles Theater Review: PAST TIME (Sacred Fools at The Lillian Theatre in Hollywood) by Jason Rohrer

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE STAGE Every time I see Leon Russom I wish I had his body. Lean like a dancer, he uses the solidity of his shoulders, the slimness of his hips to create character and emp…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:36AM
Monday, November 23, 2015

Los Angeles & San Diego Theater Reviews: RIO HONDO (Theatre of NOTE); INDECENT (La Jolla Playhouse) by Jason Rohrer

SHOWS THAT TELL, SHOWS THAT SHOW A list of the most popular investigative themes for artistic works in 2015 would certainly include (1) art itself, particularly within the same medium, and (…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:41AM
Monday, November 2, 2015

Los Angeles Theater Review: HIT THE WALL (Davidson/Valenti Theatre in Hollywood) by Jason Rohrer

I DID, TEN MINUTES IN Ike Holter’s play Hit the Wall, a historical “remix” about June 27 and 28, 1969 in New York City, went up first at the Steppenwolf in Chicago in 2012. The next ye…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 02:44PM
Sunday, November 1, 2015

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE SPARROW (Coeurage Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center) by Jason Rohrer

A HOMECOMING In last season’s Failure: A Love Story, Joseph V. Calarco played a veterinarian who at one point had to euthanize his good friend, a dog played by Gregory Nabours. The staged …

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 08:57AM
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Los Angeles Theater Review: MAN COVETS BIRD (24th Street Theatre) by Jason Rohrer

CRITIC COVETS HEART It is unfair but true that in watching 24th Street Theatre’s American premiere production of Finegan Kruckmeyer’s Man Covets Bird, one automatically compares …

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 10:53AM

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