Theater Review: Native Son at Antaeus Theatre Company

Native Son begins at the end of the story—with Bigger (Jon Chaffin), a 20-year-old black man in 1930s Chicago, hunted down by an angry mob, furious about a crime he possibly committed. Based on a book of the same name by Richard Wright, this stage adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley is in its southern California premiere … More Theater Review: Native Son at Antaeus Theatre Company

Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Clueless at Rockwell Table & Stage

A few years ago, much earlier in the existence of the UMPO (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) Series, they did a production of Clueless. Now, it is back in a new and much improved iteration starring the series’ talented stable of actors. Written by UMPO Series Executive Producer Kate Pazakis and directed by Jimmy Smagula, this 2018 … More Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Clueless at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: Soft Power at the Ahmanson Theatre

Soft Power, currently in its world premiere at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, is billed as “a play with a musical.” This is a unique description fitting for a unique show, both in structure and in content. With play and lyrics by David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori, Soft Power taps … More Theater Review: Soft Power at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Love Never Dies at the Pantages Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show in Broadway history. For this reason alone, I suppose it makes sense that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write a sequel, Love Never Dies, the national tour of which is currently playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. But this misguided, messy, melodramatic musical fails … More Theater Review: Love Never Dies at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Unemployed Elephants at The Victory Theatre Center

A man and a woman meet at the airport. She is on her honeymoon, solo, after being dumped just before her wedding. He says he is on assignment for Animal Planet, researching the unemployed logging elephants of Myanmar. Turns out they are sitting next to each other on the plane, and then staying at the … More Theater Review: Unemployed Elephants at The Victory Theatre Center

Theater Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston Court

Sometimes the most compelling theater happens when a text we thought we knew inside and out is presented in a way that illuminates new layers and creates a deeper understanding. The current production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a fresh take on a play that has been well-known … More Theater Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston Court

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company and Circle X’s An Undivided Heart

Someone stands in front of you with a cat in one hand and a knife in the other, threatening to kill it. What do you say to save the cat? In An Undivided Heart, a co-production of Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Company that opened this past weekend at the Atwater Village Theatre, … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company and Circle X’s An Undivided Heart