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Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Glass Menagerie by Vanessa Cate

The Glass Menagerie Reviewed by Vanessa Cate A Noise Within Through April 26  It’s the 1930s in St. Louis, and Tom Wingfield is suffocating. Figuratively. In an apartment building wr…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest by Vanessa Cate

The Importance of Being Earnest Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Crown City Theatre Through March 31 Crown City Theatre tackles Oscar Wilde, and the poor guy is left standing, though not after b…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Too Heavy for your Pocket by Vanessa Cate

Too Heavy for your Pocket Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Sacred Fools Theater Company Through March 2 Jiréh Breon Holder’s kitchen-sink drama spotlights the lives of two African-American co…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Welcome to Illyria! by Vanessa Cate

Welcome to Illyria! Reviewed by Angie Hoover The Four Clowns Theater Company Through December 16 RECOMMENDED Welcome To Illyria is a joyful, interactive imagining of Shakespeare’s The…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

She Loves Me by Vanessa Cate

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Gray People by Vanessa Cate

Gray People Reviewed by Lovell Estell III Force of Nature Productions Through November 18 RECOMMENDED In his well touted 2018 Fringe Festival Play Wounded, playwright Kerry Kazmierowicz…

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The Animal Monologues by Vanessa Cate

The Animal Monologues  Reviewed by Dana Martin  Bootleg Theater  Through November 18th Lemmings and mountain lions and rescue dogs — oh my! The Animal Monologues is a one-woman show w…

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Desert Rats by Vanessa Cate

Desert Rats Reviewed by Julia Stier Latino Theatre Company Through November 18 “She is a transaction, not a human being.”In Nate Rufus Edelman’s new play Desert Rats — premiering…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Woman Who Went To Space As A Man by Vanessa Cate

The Woman Who Went To Space As A Man  Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Son of Semele Ensemble  Through November 18 There’s nothing like a literary trickster. Before Google, a writer could ge…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Journey This by Vanessa Cate

Journey This  Reviewed by Dana Martin  Lounge Theatre  Though November 11th RECOMMENDEDCheray O’Neal is destroying the notion that stoic women rarely weep. In her one-person Journey T…

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Winter Solstice by Vanessa Cate

Winter Solstice Reviewed by Katie Buenneke  City Garage Theatre  Through November 25 It is abundantly clear that Roland Schimmelpfenig, the playwright of Winter Solstice, currently makin…

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The Little Foxes by Vanessa Cate

The Little Foxes Reviewed by Iris Mann  Antaeus Theatre Company  Through December 10 RECOMMENDED They just don’t write them like this anymore. Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes run…

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Vietgone by Vanessa Cate

Vietgone Reviewed by Terry Morgan East West Players Through November 18 RECOMMENDED Translating personal experiences or family history into theatre can be a tricky proposition. On the on…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Vanessa Cate

A Picture of Dorian Gray Reviewed by Vanessa Cate A Noise Within Through November 16  RECOMMENDED “The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bacchae by Vanessa Cate

Bacchae Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  SITI Company  Through September 29 Dionysus has to be one of the coolest gods out there, especially for theatre die-hards. As the only surviving play th…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cry It Out by Vanessa Cate

Cry It Out Reviewed by Terry Morgan Echo Theater Company Through August 19  RECOMMENDED  Caring for an infant is an important part of life, yet its difficulties are rarely depicted in…

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Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow by Vanessa Cate

Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian Write Act Repertory Through July 22 Perhaps one of the best known historical figures of the 20th century, Winston Chu…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Vanessa Cate

A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviewed by Gray Palmer Independent Shakespeare Company Through September 2 Though many fine qualities of Independent Shakespeare Company's approach are evident…

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Our Very Own Carlin McCullough by Vanessa Cate

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian The Geffen Playhouse Through July 29 RECOMMENDED Growing pains are the main theme of Amanda Peet’s Our Very Own Carlin McCu…

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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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