Theater Review: Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse

“Make them hear you” is one of the most well-known refrains in Ragtime, and the current production at the Pasadena Playhouse is in fact demanding to be heard—and it is well worth listening to. With lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime is based on the 1975 … More Theater Review: Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse

Theater Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre

There are no carriages turning into pumpkins to be seen in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, an enchanting, contemporary ballet currently being presented by New Adventures at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Instead, this interpretation of the classic fairy tale takes place over a backdrop of a city in turmoil at the height of … More Theater Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Hir at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

What happens when you return home after time away only to find the home you remember has been rendered virtually unrecognizable? In Hir, a play by Taylor Mac currently in its Los Angeles premiere at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, the concept of a dysfunctional family is taken to another level in a household where everyone is … More Theater Review: Hir at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Theater Review: Hello Dolly! at the Pantages Theatre

Put on your Sunday clothes and get down to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre because there’s a new matchmaker in town, and her antics are bound to warm even the coldest of hearts. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hello Dolly! is currently making its Los Angeles debut as part of a national tour, and it … More Theater Review: Hello Dolly! at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Linda Vista at the Mark Taper Forum

What does ‘starting over’ really mean if you’re stuck in the same self-destructive behavior patterns? In Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Linda Vista, a new play by Tracy Letts that opened this week at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, a middle-aged man attempts to figure out what options remain for him in … More Theater Review: Linda Vista at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Scissorhands – A Musical Inspired by the Film at Rockwell Table & Stage

Sometimes, a story originally told nearly thirty years ago manages to feel more timely than ever. Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands was released in 1990 and introduced an artificially-created, unfinished human who has scissor blades for hands. Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, it became a cult classic. Now, in 2018, The Fuse Project and Rockwell … More Theater Review: Scissorhands – A Musical Inspired by the Film at Rockwell Table & Stage