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

Theater Review: Elan Ensemble’s How We’re Different From Animals

In How We’re Different From Animals, a world premiere play based on short stories by Miranda July, there is one common theme—romance. Romance is, after all, how July argues we are different from animals. For example, humans are the only animal that kiss. Presented by Elan Ensemble in their inaugural production at the Atwater Village … More Theater Review: Elan Ensemble’s How We’re Different From Animals

Theater Review: The Cripple of Inishmaan at Antaeus Theatre Company

Martin McDonagh’s plays are known for walking the line “between comedy and cruelty,” and this is certainly true in The Cripple of Inishmaan, a story where decent human beings are hardly anywhere to be found. Now playing at Antaeus Theatre Company’s Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale, this 1997 play explores the … More Theater Review: The Cripple of Inishmaan at Antaeus Theatre Company

Theater Review: Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse

“Make them hear you” is one of the most well-known refrains in Ragtime, and the current production at the Pasadena Playhouse is in fact demanding to be heard—and it is well worth listening to. With lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime is based on the 1975 … More Theater Review: Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse