Theater Review: The Present, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

The experience of The Present, the first fully virtual production from the Geffen Playhouse (currently dubbed “Geffen Stayhouse”) in Los Angeles, begins days before the performance when you receive a mysterious box in the mail. Over the last two months, as theaters around the world have shut down and most of us have sheltered in … More Theater Review: The Present, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Father at the Pasadena Playhouse

Perspective is crucial to the understanding of both life and theater, and in the Pasadena Playhouse production of The Father, which opened this week, an intentionally disorienting point-of-view offers a dramatic and moving look at late-stage dementia. Written by Florian Zeller, the play premiered in 2014 and many consider it one of the most acclaimed … More Theater Review: The Father at the Pasadena Playhouse

Theater Review: Never Been Kissed- The Unauthorized Musical at Rockwell Table & Stage

The latest movie to receive the Rockwell Table & Stage parody treatment is Never Been Kissed, the 1999 romantic comedy about a late-blooming reporter who goes undercover at her old high school to research teenage culture and ends up having her own belated coming-of-age experience. While the beloved Unauthorized Musical Parody Of (UMPO) series departed … More Theater Review: Never Been Kissed- The Unauthorized Musical at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: The Last Ship at the Ahmanson Theatre

At first blush, the shipbuilding industry does not seem the most obvious topic for a musical. The Last Ship, an original musical with music and lyrics by Sting and a new book by Lorne Campbell, opened this week at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles with some of the problems you might expect given the … More Theater Review: The Last Ship at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: What the Constitution Means to Me at the Mark Taper Forum

When playwright Heidi Schreck was in high school, she traveled the country participating in Constitutional debate competitions. It was primarily a scheme cooked up by her mother to pay for college tuition with prize money (it worked), and she became an expert at defending or opposing various amendments to panels of judges that almost always … More Theater Review: What the Constitution Means to Me at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Rock of Ages Hollywood at the Bourbon Room

The Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages is back, and in perhaps its truest form yet. The story takes place on the Sunset Strip, and producers of a new, immersive Hollywood production have recreated The Bourbon Room, the venue at the center of the show, on Hollywood Boulevard. Audience members can enjoy cocktails and food … More Theater Review: Rock of Ages Hollywood at the Bourbon Room

Theater Review: Frozen at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Between the holiday season, the recent release of Frozen 2 in movie theaters, and the arrival of the musical version of Frozen at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, things are feeling quite festive. Based on the 2013 Disney film and produced for the stage by Disney Theatrical Productions, Frozen opened on Broadway in March 2018, where … More Theater Review: Frozen at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Key Largo at the Geffen Playhouse

Key Largo¬†was first a 1939 Broadway play, then a 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and finally, it is now at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in a new world premiere adaptation. Adapted by Andy Garcia and Jeffrey Hatcher, this play shifts some of the focus to the character of Johnny Rocco … More Theater Review: Key Largo at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Great Leap at the Pasadena Playhouse

Sometimes the most compelling drama in sports does not happen on the court or field, but behind the scenes. In The Great Leap, a play by Lauren Yee that opened in its Los Angeles premiere this weekend at the Pasadena Playhouse, in association with the East West Players, basketball serves as an entry point into … More Theater Review: The Great Leap at the Pasadena Playhouse