Theater Review: West Side Story at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Are there any opening notes in musical theater more iconic and instantly recognizable than those of West Side Story? No matter the iteration, the story and music are classic enough to have endured the test of time, resulting in a rare musical where you can hear a ripple of excitement in the audience at the … More Theater Review: West Side Story at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Theater Review: Rabbit Hole at the Lounge Theatre

In a typical suburban home, a woman folds laundry—a young child’s clothes—as she chats with her sister. It’s all typical enough until the sister hesitantly reveals she is pregnant. As we quickly learn, this is a difficult and loaded topic because her nephew, the woman’s child, was recently killed in a tragic accident. Rabbit Hole … More Theater Review: Rabbit Hole at the Lounge Theatre

Theater Review: Building the Wall at the Fountain Theatre

When you enter the Fountain Theatre to see Building the Wall, the set that greets you is simple. A classic interrogation room of sorts—a table with a pitcher of water and two glasses on it, two chairs, and a mirror. A mirror that hangs in such a way so if you are seated in the center … More Theater Review: Building the Wall at the Fountain Theatre

Theater Review: Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

The set-up is a tale as old as time—seven gifted prep school seniors with the weight of the world on their shoulders spend a lot of time hanging out, stressing out, and making out in the library, their haunt of choice. In Punk Rock, a play written by Tony Award-winner Simon Stephens now in its Los … More Theater Review: Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Theater Review: Antaeus Theatre Company’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?” While the cat’s case is less clear, there are many victories to be found in Antaeus Theatre Company’s take on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which marks the inaugural production at their beautiful new home, the Kiki … More Theater Review: Antaeus Theatre Company’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Theater Review: Latino Theater Company’s Rules of Seconds

In this new age of Hamilton, it seems duels are on the brain. Rules of Seconds, a world premiere play written by John Pollono and presented by the Latino Theater Company and The Temblors, transports us back to the 19th century, when people literally lived and died by the rules of duels, relying on this barbaric … More Theater Review: Latino Theater Company’s Rules of Seconds

Theater Review: An American in Paris at the Pantages Theatre

“When you think of Paris, what comes to mind?” This question, posed somewhat oddly to the audience, sets the tone for An American in Paris, the musical adaptation of the 1951 film of the same name now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. While it is a bit off-putting to hear audience members shouting … More Theater Review: An American in Paris at the Pantages Theatre