Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s The Cake

What happens when someone or something suddenly throws the belief system you have held your entire life into question? The Cake, a play by Bekah Brunstetter currently in its world premiere at the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of conservative values in increasingly liberal times, all hinging around … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s The Cake

Theater Review: Love is a Dirty Word by Tilted Field and VS. Theatre Company

In the home where Giovanni Adams grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, sex was never a dirty word. After all, his mother worked with the youth population and often brought home t-shirts warning against the dangers of chlamydia as souvenirs of sorts for her sons. But the concept of love was approached in a different way … More Theater Review: Love is a Dirty Word by Tilted Field and VS. Theatre Company

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