Theater Review: IAMA Theatre Company’s Species Native to California

Every family has its secrets, and in an uncertain political climate, precarious situations and relationships that have held on by a thread for years can quickly become threatened. Species Native to California, a new play by Dorothy Fortenberry currently being presented by the IAMA Theatre Company at the Atwater Village Theatre, takes a comedic yet … More Theater Review: IAMA Theatre Company’s Species Native to California

Theater Review: Actually at the Geffen Playhouse

“Um, actually.” These seemingly innocuous words are critical to the events of the aptly named Actually, a new play by Anna Ziegler currently playing at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in a co-world premiere with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Actually is a smartly written—although sometimes unfocused—thought-provoking examination of the campus rape epidemic that emphasizes fleshing … More Theater Review: Actually at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Bodyguard at the Pantages

  Not many musicals literally start with a bang. In the case of The Bodyguard: the Musical, now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, an opening gunshot was both very startling and pretty effective at getting the stragglers to settle into their seats. Featuring music by Whitney Houston (as well as songs written … More Theater Review: The Bodyguard at the Pantages

Theater Review: Kiss at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Both in theater and in life, things are often not what they seem to be. The power of perspective is a strong influence in Kiss, a play by Guillermo Calderón currently in its west coast premiere at the Odyssey Theatre. Set in Damascus, Syria in 2014, this surprisingly political play has many layers to discover … More Theater Review: Kiss at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble