Theater Review: Indecent at the Ahmanson Theatre

Those of us who frequent the theater do not need to be convinced of this art form’s importance. But there are some stories that really drive this home, emphasizing the true power of theater, particularly when the world wants to prevent a story from being told. Indecent, a play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that debuted … More Theater Review: Indecent at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: After Hours Theatre Company’s The Last Five Years

After Hours Theatre Company made a name for themselves as innovators in Los Angeles theater with last year’s hit immersive production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, where audience members donned hospital gowns and participated in pre-show activities, becoming a part of the asylum. For their next show, they chose The Last Five Years, which … More Theater Review: After Hours Theatre Company’s The Last Five Years

Theater Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre

The longest running show on Broadway is back in Los Angeles for a spell, this time with a new staging specifically designed with touring in mind. The Phantom of the Opera has been a musical theater mainstay since its West End debut in 1986, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and … More Theater Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Dana H. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

When playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part Two, The Christians) was in college, his mother, Dana Higginbotham, went through a traumatizing ordeal. Dana struggled to speak about this painful experience with her son, so he eventually had fellow theater creator and collaborator Steve Cosson interview her about it. Hnath then adapted these interviews to … More Theater Review: Dana H. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Les Misérables at the Pantages Theatre

Les Misérables, arguably one of the most iconic and well-known musicals in theater history, is back at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Cameron Mackintosh’s production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the epic tale and played over 1000 performances on Broadway beginning in 2014. Incorporating new scenery inspired by the paintings of … More Theater Review: Les Misérables at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Crime and Punishment at Edgemar Center for the Arts

If you find the page count or the dense subject matter of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment too intimidating, Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus’s award-winning stage adaptation might be more palatable. Clocking in at a cool 90 minutes and featuring only three actors, this version boils the classic tale down to the essentials, while still … More Theater Review: Crime and Punishment at Edgemar Center for the Arts

Theater Review: Diana of Dobson’s at Antaeus Theatre Company

It is rare to see a play written in 1908 that can be described as feminist, but Diana of Dobson’s, currently playing at Los Angeles’s Antaeus Theatre Company in a rare production, is a delightful surprise. Written by British suffragist Cicely Hamilton and directed by Casey Stangl, this romantic comedy challenges typical notions about what … More Theater Review: Diana of Dobson’s at Antaeus Theatre Company