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Friday, November 7, 2014

Theater Interview: RONNIE BURKETT (“The Daisy Theatre” presented by CAP UCLA at Ivy Substation) by Tom Chaits

HE’S GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING Last year, I saw an incredible theatrical production—a puppet show no less—that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Written, produced, designed, …

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: WILL YOU SAVE THEM? (Loft Ensemble) by Tom Chaits

BEYOND SAVING The title of the Loft Ensemble’s world premiere presentation asks the question, Will You Save Them? Unfortunately the answer is, “I can’t.” While the production is not …

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: COCK (Rogue Machine) by Tom Chaits

HARD DRIVING COCK GOES DEEP Love may be “a many-splendored thing” but as Pat Benatar sang it’s also a “battlefield.” In Mike Barlett’s Cock, making its Los Angeles premiere at Ro…

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Preview: VOX LUMIERE—THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (L.A. Theatre Center) by Tom Chaits

SHINING NEW LUMIERE ON A FABLED CLASSIC Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera created a sensation when it was first unveiled as a serialization in the French newspaper Le Gaulois …

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE UNFRYABLE MEATNESS OF BEING (Pacific Resident Theatre) by Tom Chaits

MORE MEAT If you are one of the many theatergoers who caught Pacific Resident Theatre’s production of Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road (and possibly the special Christmas follow-up) duri…

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: 110 IN THE SHADE (Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

A BLAZING-HOT PRODUCTION As Los Angeles heats up to scorching temperatures this week, there is a cool, refreshing theatrical breeze blowing down the pike. It may be wise to avoid the 110-in-…

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE GHOST OF GERSHWIN (The Group Rep in North Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

THE GHOST OF GERSHWIN: SONGS 10, BOOK 3 There is a lot to sing about in the Group Rep’s season closer The Ghost of Gershwin. It contains a bevy of freshly penned ditties by Wayland Pickard…

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Friday, May 9, 2014

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

ALL THAT CHAZZ After nearly a 25-year absence, actor Chazz Palminteri returns to the Los Angeles stage in the world premiere of Unorganized Crime, currently shooting up the joint at the Elep…

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Los Angeles Theater Review: A DELICATE BALANCE (Odyssey Theatre) by Tom Chaits

INDELICATE AND OUT OF BALANCE When Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 it was no doubt a theatrical revelation. Although it didn’t pack the emotional wallop …

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE LION IN WINTER (The Colony Theatre in Burbank) by Tom Chaits

A TOOTHLESS LION James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter is a brilliant study in castle intrigue laced with deceit and deception, alliances and allegiances, backstabbing and double dealing. The…

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: RUTH DRAPER’S MONOLOGUES (Geffen Playhouse) by Tom Chaits

IS THERE A DIRECTOR IN THE HOUSE? There is nothing inherently humdrum about the Geffen Playhouse’s production of Ruth Draper’s Monologues but there is nothing particularly exhilarating a…

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: LEND ME A TENOR (Actors Co-op in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

TENOR EVENTUALLY SINGS BUT NEEDS MORE NOTES Farce is difficult. You need to get your audience to suspend disbelief as mischief, mayhem and lots of slamming doors abound, and a series of unli…

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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

DEMOLITION DERBY Sometimes at the end of a play such as The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Killer Joe, I gaze upon the total destruction of the set and think, “I’m glad I don’t have to cl…

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: SLOWGIRL (Geffen) by Tom Chaits

SLOWGIRL SIMMERS In cooking it is often necessary to heat a mixture slowly bringing it to a simmer and keeping it just below the boiling point, allowing all its savory sweetness to surface. …

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: TALHOTBLOND (Ruskin Group Theatre Co. in Santa Monica) by Tom Chaits

NOTSOGUD Everything you need to know about Ruskin Group Theatre’s current world premiere production is revealed in the title: TALHOTBLOND: everybody lies online. If you are at all tech sav…

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE TRIP BACK DOWN (Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks) by Tom Chaits

A SHORT TAKE ON A LONG TRIP Sometimes critics get caught up in their own words and feel the need to expand upon their self-important ramblings beyond all reason.  They spew forth with so mu…

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Los Angeles Opera Review: BILLY BUDD (LA Opera) by Tom Chaits

LOST AT SEA To culminate a year-long centennial celebration of British composer Benjamin Britten, L.A. Opera revisits the acclaimed Francesca Zambello production of his 1951 seafaring opera …

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: FIREMEN (Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theater) by Tom Chaits

FIVE-ALARM ACTING SETS THE STAGE ABLAZE IN FIREMEN After sixteen years of a nomadic existence, Echo Theater Company has finally found a permanent home at the Atwater Village Theater. If thei…

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: BUNNY BUNNY (Falcon Theatre in Burbank) by Tom Chaits

NO NEED TO HOP ON OVER TO THE FALCON There’s an old European superstition: In order to ward off evil spirits and bad luck the first words you utter on the first day of every month must be …

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: NIGHT WATCH (Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills) by Tom Chaits

A SWELL WHODUNNIT CREATES ANOTHER MYSTERY: WHY THIS ACTRESS? Part Rear Window, part Gaslight, Night Watch is currently dialing up the suspense at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.  Lucille Fletc…

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Los Angeles Theater Review: CHINA: THE WHOLE ENCHILADA (Sacred Fools Theater Company) by Tom Chaits

SHANGHAIED A musical featuring three performers and 5,000 years of Chinese history in just 90 minutes sure sounded promising, but the production of China: The Whole Enchilada currently servi…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Preview: INSTANT FAIRY TALES: THE LONGEST WINTER (Rachel Rosenthal Company) by Tom Chaits

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED For over half a century, Rachel Rosenthal has been surprising audiences with her unique take on the theatrical experience. A master of performance art, she was recently…

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: PENNY PLAIN (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes at UCLA) by Tom Chaits

STRINGS ATTACHED A worldwide pandemic has already claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of humans and the apocalypse is near.  An intriguing plot line to be sure but hardly one you woul…

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE LAKE HOUSE PROJECT (Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

FEAR THE HYPHENATE If a person is lucky enough, they will discover their passion in life and be able to fine tune and truly excel at that skill. Others flounder about, trying a bit if this a…

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Los Angeles Theater Review: TAKE ME OUT (Plus One Productions at the Flight Theatre) by Tom Chaits

A SWING AND A MISS Theater, like baseball, is a team sport. To reign triumphant and put a tick in the “W” box, all the players must be at the top of their game. When everyone hits a home…

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP (Falcon Theatre in Burbank) by Tom Chaits

DREADFUL AT ANY PRICE Back in the1800s, the Industrial revolution was in full swing in merry ole England. The working class was becoming more educated and printing was becoming more affordab…

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE HOMOSEXUALS (Celebration Theatre at Atwater Village Theatre) by Tom Chaits

ROLE REVERSAL For its inaugural production at its new temporary home in Atwater Village, the Celebration Theatre has mounted The Homosexuals (pun intended). As one might glean from the title…

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Actors Co-op in Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

HYDE IN PLAIN SIGHT Actors Co-op does it again! Last year’s re-imagining of The World Goes ‘Round was musical perfection and this year’s Ah, Wilderness! was a sentimental del…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE LIGHT BULB (NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood) by Tom Chaits

SAY WATT? While it is probably safe to assume that the NoHo Arts Center Ensemble’s “playwright in residence,” Joshua Ravetch, had some bright idea in mind when writing The Light Bulb, …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Los Angeles Theater Review: THE BURNT PART BOYS (Third Street Theatre) by Tom Chaits

SHAFTED! There’s a story to be mined in “them thar” hills of West Ver-ginny but unfortunately The Burnt Part Boys, making its west coast premiere at the Third Street Theatre, doesn’t…

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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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