Theater Review: The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

How much of the human experience is determined by the era you are born into? In The Pride, a play by Alexi Kaye Campbell currently in its Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, one storyline takes place in 1958 and another in 2008. Both follow a core trio of … More Theater Review: The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Theater Review: Constellations at the Geffen Playhouse

She’s a quantum physicist, he’s a beekeeper. They meet at a barbecue. It’s a tale as old as time…but, what exactly is the meaning of time? Constellations, a play by Nick Payne currently in its Los Angeles premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, is an ambitious look at the infinite paths every relationship can take. Told … More Theater Review: Constellations at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Solve It! Squad Returns by the Tin Can Brothers

Think about the foursome of teenage crime solvers from Scooby Doo. Now, think about what it might be like if something horrible happened to Scooby (I am truly sorry for leading you down this path) and the group fell apart as a result, only to be forced to reunite 20 years later to finally avenge … More Theater Review: The Solve It! Squad Returns by the Tin Can Brothers

Theater Review: The Last Breakfast Club at Rockwell Table & Stage

Most people are familiar with The Breakfast Club, the classic 1985 John Hughes film about five students—a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basket case, and a criminal—who are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention. In The Last Breakfast Club, a new musical parody playing at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles, … More Theater Review: The Last Breakfast Club at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: Dogfight at After Hours Theatre Company

These days, it seems like nearly every musical was adapted from a movie. Some of my favorite stage musicals began their lives as films—Once, Legally Blonde, and Thoroughly Modern Millie come to mind. Sometimes, however, you can’t help but wonder—why that movie? Dogfight, based on the 1991 movie of the same name with music and lyrics … More Theater Review: Dogfight at After Hours Theatre Company

Theater Review: The Book of Mormon at the Pantages

Before Hamilton came along, there was another modern musical that took the world by storm, achieving rare crossover appeal with both theater and mainstream audiences and earning a place in the pop culture zeitgeist. That musical was The Book of Mormon, which premiered on Broadway in 2011, is still playing to sold-out New York audiences … More Theater Review: The Book of Mormon at the Pantages

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