Theater Review: The Niceties at Geffen Playhouse

Most people who went to college likely remember office hours as a phenomenon that you were glad existed, but rarely utilized. But in The Niceties, a play by Eleanor Burgess currently in its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, office hours become a battleground between a professor and a student who … More Theater Review: The Niceties at Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: Falsettos at the Ahmanson Theatre

Most people hear the term “falsetto” and think of the vocal technique used by male singers to sing notes above their natural range, often resulting in a sound that is strikingly high and, in a sense, untraditional. It is not very obvious why the musical Falsettos, which opened last night at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson … More Theater Review: Falsettos at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of 10 Things I Hate About You at Rockwell Table & Stage

For the latest entry in the popular UMPO (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) series at Rockwell Table & Stage, creator, writer, and executive producer Kate Pazakis has taken on 10 Things I Hate About You, the fan-favorite 1990s rom-com starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. And I promise you’ll be more than just “whelmed” by this … More Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of 10 Things I Hate About You at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Pantages Theatre

Believe it or not, the characters in the musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory do not actually enter the titular chocolate factory until the very end of act one. That’s right, over an hour in to this perplexing adaptation there is nary an Oompa Loompa in sight. Willy Wonka sings about a world of … More Theater Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: For the Record- The Brat Pack at Break Room 86

Bust out your neon clothing and shoulder pads and get down to Break Room 86 because the Brat Pack is back with an energetic dose of musical nostalgia. The award-winning For the Record series, known for unconventional part-concert, part-musical theater experiences featuring the soundtracks of popular movies, returns to Los Angeles after a successful holiday … More Theater Review: For the Record- The Brat Pack at Break Room 86

Theater Review: The Wolves at The Echo Theater Company

“We are the Wolves. We are the Wolves,” a group of teenage girls chants, each repetition of the phrase growing in both volume and urgency. The Wolves are a high school indoor soccer team, and the subject of Sarah DeLappe’s play of the same name currently in its west coast premiere at the Echo Theater … More Theater Review: The Wolves at The Echo Theater Company

Theater Review: Lackawanna Blues at the Mark Taper Forum

Lackawanna Blues, Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical solo show, has been on quite a journey since it first premiered at the Public Theater in New York in 2001. After that first production, which won a special citation Obie Award, it played at multiple regional theaters across the United States before being adapted into an HBO movie in 2005. … More Theater Review: Lackawanna Blues at the Mark Taper Forum