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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 07:24PM
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
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Rogue Machine presents “The Beautiful People” – reviewed  by Terry Morgan

Mere days after the abomination of the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade, discussing a play about toxic masculinity seems almost too topical. Cisgender white men are running amok waging…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:33PM
Monday, June 6, 2022

“Uncle Vanya” reviewed by Terry Morgan

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Technology zooms forward, but human nature remains stubbornly persistent. Thus a play such as Anton Chekhov’s Uncle…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:07PM
Friday, May 27, 2022

Antaeus presents “Hamlet” – reviewed by Terry Morgan

At this point, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a theatrical peak so frequently attempted that you can see, as on Everest, the frozen bodies of thespians who chanced and failed the perilous ascent …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:24PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” Geffen Playhouse review by Terry Morgan

Bitchiness, thy name is Albee. Has there ever been a play that reveled in so much in mean-spirited badinage as Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Sour wit courses through the…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:12PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

“Bright Half Life” — reviewed by Terry Morgan

Plays that chart the course of a romantic relationship have long been a staple of theater. Stories told in a nonlinear way are less common but not unheard of. When you take the previous two …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:18PM
Friday, April 1, 2022

“A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney” – reviewed by Terry Morgan

I have a rule about avant-garde theater: if an artist chooses to deliberately obscure his/her/their meaning via unusual methods or flirts dangerously with pretentiousness, the play had bette…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:33PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play – reviewed by Terry Morgan

When I told people I was going to see a new production of Sarah’s Ruhl’s play, In the Next Room, I received a series of blank stares, but when I included its subtitle, or the vibrator pl…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:54PM
Monday, February 28, 2022

“On the Other Hand, We’re Happy” at The Matrix – reviewed by Terry Morgan

Some theater locations seem to be blessed, and in Los Angeles, one of those lucky places is The Matrix Theatre on Melrose. It’s been producing and presenting high-quality shows for more th…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 11:42PM
Monday, February 21, 2022

“Power of Sail” at the Geffen Playhouse by Terry Morgan

One of the core American principles is the right to free speech. However, this glorious principle runs into trouble when truly evil groups such as the Ku Klux Klan or Nazis wish to spread th…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:06PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

“How We Got On” at Sacred Fools reviewed by Terry Morgan

It’s 1998 in midwestern U.S.A, and three rap-loving teens live in a suburb of The City called The Hill. Hank (E.E. Williams) wants to be a rapper but maybe doesn’t have the performance c…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:33PM
Monday, December 20, 2021

“This Wonderful Life” presented by Rogue Machine by Terry Morgan

It’s a Wonderful Life is now an undisputed holiday classic, but its road to perennial status was as long and difficult as its hero’s journey to happiness. It began as a short story calle…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:06PM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” at The New Vic by Terry Morgan

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…except for theatergoers. December is generally when every show except for A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker shuts down for the holidays, but th…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:48PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

“Poor Clare” – Echo Theater Company by Terry Morgan

The discussion of wealth inequality has come up a lot in this young century, as the accumulation of massive fortunes goes to fewer and fewer people while millions suffer all over the world. …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:03PM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

“Ascension” – theatre review by Terry Morgan

Theatre is an amazing artform, but one of the things it does less well is genre storytelling. Drama, comedy, musicals – absolutely. Even fantasy or thrillers. But horror, action, westerns …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 11:06PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

“Lizastrata” at Getty Villa review by Terry Morgan

So my first large audience theatre experience since being fully vaccinated featured women sporting two-foot-long phalluses singing Liza Minnelli songs in a Greek amphitheater on the grounds …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:18PM
Sunday, August 8, 2021

“We Live On” by The Actors’ Gang – streaming theatre review by Terry Morgan

In 1970, journalist Studs Terkel released his book, Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, in which he interviewed people about living through that desperate time and how they …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:18PM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Minnesota – streaming theatre review by Terry Morgan

Once it became apparent that the Covid pandemic wasn’t going to be a short catastrophe, and theaters everywhere had to close their doors for more than a year, one thing was very clear to m…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:36PM
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Reykjavík – streaming theatre review by Terry Morgan

Plays that feature a series of short scenes with different characters whose relationships to each other become clearer as the story goes on have been popular since Arthur Schnitzler’s La R…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:36PM
Friday, May 7, 2021

“Someone Else’s House” – streaming theatre review by Terry Morgan

As the pandemic has worn on, artists have attempted to maximize the potential of streaming theatre, trying to make the experience more engaging for the audience. So far I’ve seen pre-taped…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:42PM
Monday, May 3, 2021

TCM Classic Film Festival by Terry Morgan

For years now, film lovers in Los Angeles have enjoyed the yearly TCM Classic Film Festival held at the TCL Chinese Theatre complex in Hollywood. That area of town becomes the cinephile cent…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:18PM
Thursday, April 22, 2021

“Jumbo” film review by Terry Morgan

The standard definition for the term “pathetic fallacy” is “the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art or literature.” This is …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:36PM
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

John Cullum: An Accidental Star – streaming theatre review by Terry Morgan

The thing about celebrity autobiographical one-person shows is that they’re bound to be interesting; if the subject in question hadn’t had a fascinating life, nobody would have put a sho…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:54PM
Monday, March 29, 2021

“This Bitter Earth” review by Terry Morgan

As the world slowly begins to pull itself out of the abyss of the pandemic, the theatre world is following suit. The concept of outdoor productions is being discussed for this summer, and th…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:03PM

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