Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An Undivided Heart by Vanessa Cate

An Undivided Heart Reviewed by Terry Morgan  Atwater Village Theatre  Through April 22 Any play that starts with a kid standing next to a burning typewriter holding a knife in one hand a…

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Of Government by Vanessa Cate

Of Government Reviewed by Dana Martin Son of Semele Through April 1st Do you have health care? (I have health care!) Do you have anxiety? (I have anxiety!) Do you distrust the government…

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Pigs and Chickens by Vanessa Cate

Pigs and Chickens Reviewed by Neal Weaver Atwater Village Theatre Through April 15  In the interests of full disclosure, let me say that I am not very knowledgeable about computers and …

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Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door by Vanessa Cate

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Road Kill Productions  Through April 7 I arrived at what I assumed was the theater for this show, pushed past the milling …

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Soul Music: Elīna Garanča at The Broad Stage, “A Walk in the Woods,” and “Grail Project” by Steven Morris

"I was a child when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The moon landing wasn’t a socialist conspiracy to demonstrate the enobling power of a federal program. It wasn’t some partisan ci…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Unemployed Elephants – A Love Story by Vanessa Cate

Unemployed Elephants—A Love Story Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian The Little Victory Theatre at The Victory Theatre Center Through April 15 RECOMMENDED Wendy Graf’s Unemployed Elephant…

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A Man for All Seasons by Steven Morris

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Allegiance by Vanessa Cate

Allegiance Reviewed by Katie Buenneke  East West Players at the Aratani Theatre  Through April 1 In 21st century internet parlance, there’s a lot to unpack in East West Players’ prod…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bingo Hall by Vanessa Cate

Bingo Hall Reviewed by Terry Morgan  Native Voices Through March 25  RECOMMENDED One of the nice things about being a theatregoer in Los Angeles is the diversity of theatre one is able…

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The Madres by Vanessa Cate

The Madres Reviewed by Neal Weaver Skylight Theatre Through April 29  RECOMMENDED Stephanie Alison Walker’s stirring drama is set in Buenos Aires in the 1980s, when Argentina was rul…

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Nice Fish by Vanessa Cate

Nice Fish Reviewed by Dana Martin  Interact Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Center  Through March 25th The water is murky and visibility low at the Los Angeles Shakespeare…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Talley’s Folly by Vanessa Cate

Talley’s Folly Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian Bright Eyes Production at Hudson Mainstage Theatre Through March 18 RECOMMENDED The mission of Bright Eyes Productions is to shine a light …

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Raisin in the Sun by Vanessa Cate

A Raisin in the Sun  Reviewed by Dana Martin  A Noise Within  Through April 8th RECOMMENDED A Raisin in the Sun, a drama about an African-American family living in Chicago’s South Si…

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The Art Couple by Vanessa Cate

The Art Couple Reviewed by Lovell Estell III Sacred Fools Theater Company at the Broadwater Black Box Through March 17 RECOMMENDED Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and Neil Simon: two ico…

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Stomach Contents by Vanessa Cate

Stomach Contents Reviewed by Neal Weaver Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Through March 25  These three one-acts by Sharon Yablon are all set in the bleak Mojave Desert, and they shar…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

El Niño by Vanessa Cate

El Niño Reviewed by Gray Palmer Rogue Machine at The Met Theatre Through April 2 RECOMMENDED Justin Tanner, whose newest play, El Niño, just cheerfully opened at The Met in a smart pr…

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Six Characters in Search of a Play by Vanessa Cate

Six Characters in Search of a Play Reviewed by Terry Morgan  Celebration Theatre  Through March 25 RECOMMENDED There’s little that chills the blood of a theatre critic more than the t…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Year of the Rooster by Vanessa Cate

Year of the Rooster Reviewed by Dana Martin  Theatre of NOTE  Through March 24th  RECOMMENDED Size matters, and the bigger the cock, the bigger the prize to be won. The posturing is pl…

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The Happiest Song Plays Last by Vanessa Cate

The Happiest Song Plays Last Reviewed by Katie Buenneke Latino Theatre Company Through March 19 The Happiest Song Plays Last is, as the title implies, the last play in the Elliot trilogy, …

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Vanessa Cate

A Streetcar Named Desire Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Boston Court Performing Arts Center Through March 25  RECOMMENDED Blanche may have always depended on the kindness of strangers, but…

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The School for Wives by Vanessa Cate

The School for Wives Reviewed by Neal Weaver City Garage Theatre Through April 1 RECOMMENDED  Moliere’s satiric comedy centers on Arnolphe (Bo Roberts), a man who mistrusts all women…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Vanessa Cate

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One Year Later! by Vanessa Cate

One Year Later! Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian Open Fist Theatre Company in Residency at Atwater Village Theatre Through March 3 RECOMMENDED Sixteen vignettes come together to create Open…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Grail Project by Vanessa Cate

Grail Project  Reviewed by Gray Palmer Theatre Movement Bazaar at Bootleg Theater Through March 10 RECOMMENDED Director/choreographer Tina Kronis and writer Richard Alger, the duo know…

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4PLAY: Sex in a Series by Vanessa Cate

4Play: Sex in a Series Reviewed by Lovell Estell III The Actors Company Through March 17 New York City’s trip. theatre ensemble brings their off-beat sex and romance saga to L.A., afte…

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The New Colossus by Vanessa Cate

The New Colossus Reviewed by Paul Birchall  The Actors’ Gang  Through March 24 RECOMMENDED  The title of this play refers to the famous poem by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the pedestal…

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Brown & Out IV by Vanessa Cate

Brown & Out IV Review by Neal Weaver Casa 0101 Through March 4  This is Casa 0101’s 4th collection of short plays exploring the LGBTQ+ scene from the Latinx point of view. The par…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Letter from Neil Simon: Reflections on Brendan Hunt’s “The Art Couple” by Steven Morris

"In Hunt’s fiction, Simon runs into an aspiring playwright and busboy name Steve (Sam) Shepard, in a 1964 East Village bar. Shepard has much the same complaint with Neil Simon, about evadi…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Walk in the Woods by Steven Morris

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Henry V by Vanessa Cate

Henry V Reviewed by Vanessa Cate A Noise Within Through April 6 RECOMMENDED Henry V's life's ambition was to be the king — not just of England (which he achieved when he was 26 in the…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Burt…A Homeless Odyssey by Vanessa Cate

Burt…A Homeless Odyssey Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian Theatre 68 Mainstage Through March 31  Full of ongoing dark humor, director Ronnie Marmo’s latest show, Burt…A Homeless Odysse…

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