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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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Othello & Otis by Vanessa Cate

Othello & Otis Reviewed by Lovell Estell III Three Clubs (Hollywood Fringe) Through June 21 Inside this show’s program is a detailed timeline of important dates in African-American…

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Long Day’s Journey into Night by Vanessa Cate

Long Day’s Journey into Night Reviewed by Neal Weaver Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with Fiery Angel & Padraig Cusack Through July 1 RECOMMENDED In Long Day’s …

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Mexican Day by Vanessa Cate

Mexican Day Reviewed by Iris Mann  Rogue Machine Theatre  Through July 1 Playwright Tom Jacobson has written a trilogy documenting the social unrest in Los Angeles during the early to mi…

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Ghosts: A Whole New Immersive Theatre by Vanessa Cate

Ghosts: A Whole New Immersive Theatre  Reviewed by Dana Martin Dream Walker at Thymele Arts  Through June 16th Keeping up appearances proves damn near impossible in Ghosts: A Whole New…

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The Color Collective by Vanessa Cate

The Color Collective  Reviewed by Dana Martin The Complex Hollywood (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 23rd The world seems a little bit brighter at The Complex Hollywood. The Col…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Snow Fridge by Vanessa Cate

Snow Fridge Reviewed by Bill Raden Pig N’ Whistle (Hollywood Fringe Festival)Through June 23 RECOMMENDED Creator/directors Keight Leighn and Karlie Blair’s delightfully childlike con…

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Vanessa Cate

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  After Hours Theatre Company  Through July 11th RECOMMENDED There is an institution inside a converted warehouse in Burbank fo…

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When Skies Are Gray by Vanessa Cate

When Skies Are Gray Reviewed by Bill Raden Thymele Arts (Hollywood Fringe Festival)Through June 23 RECOMMENDED “Do not touch the patient,” the Head Nurse (a disquieting Christina Bry…

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The Midnight Menagerie by Vanessa Cate

The Midnight Menagerie  Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Bardic Bastards (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 21 In playwright Brandon Nicholas Pfeltz’s extremely unpleasant (and one sus…

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The Universe (101) by Vanessa Cate

The Universe (101) Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Cavort Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival)Through June 23  RECOMMENDED Sporting a red nose and a bowler hat, clown Norbut Yetso (Matthew Go…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk by Vanessa Cate

Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk Reviewed by Terry Morgan Burglars of Hamm (Hollywood Fringe Festival) Through June 22 RECOMMENDED One of the pleasures of the Hollywood Fringe Festival is disco…

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Her Portmanteau by Vanessa Cate

Her Portmanteau Reviewed by Neal Weaver Boston Court Pasadena Through June 30 RECOMMENDED This play by Nigerian-American playwright Mfoniso Udofia is part of a projected cycle of nine p…

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Black When I Was A Boy by Vanessa Cate

Black When I Was A Boy Reviewed by Mayank Keshaviah  Studio C (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Through June 24  RECOMMENDED Many erroneously associate the infamous forehead-drip method of …

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Rayn: An Electronic Burlesque Experience by Vanessa Cate

Rayn: An Electronic Burlesque Experience Reviewed by Mayank Keshaviah  Thymele Arts (Hollywood Fringe Festival)  Through June 21 RECOMMENDED One of the more recent staples of both the H…

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Cabaret by Vanessa Cate

Cabaret  Reviewed by Katie Buenneke  Celebration Theatre Through July 15  RECOMMENDED By now, Kander and Ebb’s 1966 musical Cabaret is as much a part of the American musical theater …

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Aleichem Sholom! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem by Vanessa Cate

Aleichem Sholom!  The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem  Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Santa Monica Playhouse  Through June 25 Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, playwrights, performers, and …

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cult of Love by Vanessa Cate

Cult of Love  Reviewed by Dana Martin  IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre  Through June 24th RECOMMENDED It’s Christmas at the Dahl’s house and proud hearts will not go…

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Plunge by Vanessa Cate

Plunge Reviewed by Terry Morgan  Son of Semele Ensemble  Through June 17 James Joyce in his A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man famously wrote, “History is a nightmare from which I…

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Hostage by Vanessa Cate

Hostage Reviewed by Iris Mann  Skylight Theatre  Through June 24 RECOMMENDED The fierceness and self-sacrifice of motherly love is at the core of Hostage, a heartfelt and thought-provok…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Wood Boy Dog Fish by Vanessa Cate

Wood Boy Dog Fish Reviewed by Gray Palmer Rogue Artists Ensemble Through June 24 RECOMMENDED To quote an adage from earliest criticism, “Painting is silent poetry. Poetry is painting …

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mr. Pim Passes By by Vanessa Cate

Mr. Pim Passes By Reviewed by Julia Stier Theatre 40 Through June 17 Under the direction of Jules Aaron, Theatre 40 brings to life Mr. Pim Passes By, a charming comedy written by A. A. …

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The Tempest by Vanessa Cate

The Tempest Review by Neal Weaver The Porters of Hellsgate Through June 3 It tends to raise a red flag when the management of a production thinks it’s necessary to include a synopsis o…

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Seminar by Vanessa Cate

Seminar Reviewed by Dana Martin  Pop Up Theater, Inc.  Through June 2nd RECOMMENDED Writing is a lonely, fraught and often too precious endeavor. Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, presented …

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The Giant Void in My Soul by Vanessa Cate

The Giant Void in My Soul Reviewed by Julio Martinez The Pico  Through June 3 RECOMMENDED Playwright Bernardo Cubría explores the human experience of moving from the self-involvement …

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Antigone, or We Are the Rebels Asking for the Storm by Vanessa Cate

Antigone, or We Are the Rebels Asking for the Storm Reviewed by Gray Palmer Fugitive Kind Productions Through June 2 RECOMMENDED At Bootleg Theater, Fugitive Kind Productions presents t…

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Violet by Vanessa Cate

Violet Reviewed by Dana Martin  Actors Co-op at Crossley Theater  Through June 17th It’s all heart and occasional soul at the Crossley Theater. Violet, the 2014 Tony nominated musical…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Forever Bound by Vanessa Cate

Forever Bound Reviewed by Terry Morgan  Atwater Village Theatre  Through June 16 RECOMMENDED  Steve Apostolina’s Forever Bound is an uncommon play that begins in one genre and ends i…

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