Theater Review: Skintight at the Geffen Playhouse

Jodi Isaac (Idina Menzel) is feeling insecure. On paper, there’s no reason she should be—she is a successful lawyer at a top firm in Los Angeles, she has more or less successfully raised two young adult sons, and her father is a fashion retail mogul. But her husband recently left her for another woman—an affair … More Theater Review: Skintight at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Solid Life of Sugar Water at Deaf West Theatre

What does intimacy look like after two people have been forever changed by a devastating tragedy? The Solid Life of Sugar Water, a play by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) currently in its US premiere at Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles, follows a young couple as they attempt to connect sexually for … More Theater Review: The Solid Life of Sugar Water at Deaf West Theatre

Theater Review: Latin History for Morons at the Ahmanson Theatre

In his sixth one-man show, Tony winner John Leguizamo is back on stage with Latin History for Morons, a timely and engaging piece that is part comedy special, part solo revue, and part poignant academic lesson. Opening this week at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre after a successful Broadway run, the show was inspired by Leguizamo’s … More Theater Review: Latin History for Morons at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Handjob at the Echo Theater Company

When the lights rise on Handjob, a play by Erik Patterson currently in its world premiere at the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, we meet Keith (Steven Culp). Keith is a gay, white writer, and he has hired Eddie (Michael Rishawn), a younger black man, to provide a service that at first glance seems … More Theater Review: Handjob at the Echo Theater Company

Theater Review: Frankenstein at A Noise Within

Since the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein in 1818, it has been interpreted and adapted in many ways. In 2011, a stage adaptation by Nick Dear debuted at the National Theatre in London, and this weekend its California premiere opened at A Noise Within in Pasadena. While Dear’s adaptation is in some ways problematic, … More Theater Review: Frankenstein at A Noise Within

Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of A League of Their Own at Rockwell Table & Stage

There’s no crying in baseball, or at Rockwell Table & Stage, where the Unauthorized Musical Parody of A League of Their Own is currently hitting a home run. The latest entry in the venue’s popular UMPO (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) series, created and written by Kate Pazakis, this funny take on the popular 1992 film … More Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of A League of Their Own at Rockwell Table & Stage