Theater Review: Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

In 1981, audiences weren’t ready for Merrily We Roll Along. Directed by Hal Prince with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical was highly anticipated…until it became a flop with critics and audiences, closing just 16 performances after opening night. Now rarely produced but currently playing in Los Angeles in a stellar production at the … More Theater Review: Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Theater Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages

“Whether you like it or not…Hedwig!” LA’s Pantages Theatre is the latest home of the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical that grips your attention in its first minutes and never lets go. With music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and a book by John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig premiered Off-Broadway … More Theater Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages

Theater Review: Chalk Repertory Theatre’s Flash Festival (Week 3)

I have seen theatre productions in many different venues over the years, but, until last night, never in a church. St. John’s Cathedral, a gorgeous Episcopal church near downtown Los Angeles, was the setting for Chalk Repertory Theatre’s 4th biennial Flash Festival, and when I say “setting,” I don’t simply mean venue—the five short plays performed … More Theater Review: Chalk Repertory Theatre’s Flash Festival (Week 3)

Theater News: Kickstarter for Love 99 Documentary

If you follow the LA theatre scene, you are likely familiar with the ongoing controversy regarding Actors’ Equity’s proposal to change the 99-Seat Theater Plan. Originally ratified in 1987, the agreement allowed union actors to work for small stipends less than union minimum wage in theaters with under 99 seats, which LA has nearly 200 of, … More Theater News: Kickstarter for Love 99 Documentary

Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table & Stage

What better way to celebrate the month of October than by drinking Halloween-themed cocktails while watching Tony-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur belt out “I Put a Spell on You” in full witch regalia? If you make your way to Rockwell Table & Stage, a theater/bar/restaurant and one of LA’s most unique venues, you can do just … More Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: Going…Going…GONE! at Hudson Theatres

What goes on in the press box at a baseball game? While this may not be a question you’ve contemplated, Going…Going…GONE!, a world premiere comedy play currently being presented at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles, takes you inside this unique setting for a tight 90 minutes exploring what it’s truly like to work … More Theater Review: Going…Going…GONE! at Hudson Theatres