Theater Review: The Thanksgiving Play at the Geffen Playhouse

The version of Thanksgiving most of us were taught in school is certainly problematic. From outdated, disrespectful views of Native Americans and erasure of their role to the generous portrayals of the first white settlers on this continent, the narrative around the whole holiday is due for reexamination. This discussion sets the stage for The … More Theater Review: The Thanksgiving Play at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: Buried Child at A Noise Within

What happens when the American Dream never comes to pass? In Buried Child, a play by Sam Shepard that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979, we see the disintegration of a rural family torn apart by secrets and disappointment. Years ago, it may have seemed they had it all—fertile farmland in Illinois, three … More Theater Review: Buried Child at A Noise Within

Theater Review: Summer – The Donna Summer Musical at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Jukebox bio-musicals are seemingly a dime a dozen these days—The Temptations, Gloria Estefan, Carole King, Tina Turner, and Cher have all recently inspired Broadway musicals. The latest to make its way to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre after a run on Broadway last year is Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. It features three actresses working together to … More Theater Review: Summer – The Donna Summer Musical at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: The Abuelas at Antaeus Theatre Company

In March 1976, a military junta took control of Argentina, ready to dispose of anyone who opposed them. In the years that followed, it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people disappeared as a result of the “Dirty War.” The “disappeareds” included many young pregnant women who gave birth in captivity before being murdered. … More Theater Review: The Abuelas at Antaeus Theatre Company

Theater Review: Between Riverside and Crazy at the Fountain Theatre

What happens when your life has been gutted to the point where practically all that remains are your grudges? Between Riverside and Crazy, a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis currently in its Los Angeles premiere at the Fountain Theatre, is a dark comedy that explores serious issues of racism among police officers and the consequences … More Theater Review: Between Riverside and Crazy at the Fountain Theatre

Theater Review: Anastasia at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

If you, like me, grew up on the 1997 animated film version of Anastasia, you probably remember the creepy and scary Rasputin, and the titular heroine eventually defeating him by destroying a magical glass vial. While much of the plot, and all of the memorable songs, are the same in the musical version that opened last … More Theater Review: Anastasia at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: A Kid Like Jake at IAMA Theatre Company

In A Kid Like Jake, which opened this weekend in its west coast premiere at IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles, we never actually meet the titular character. Instead, playwright Daniel Pearle has written a smart and thoughtful exploration of parenthood in the modern age, and how to navigate raising a child who is struggling … More Theater Review: A Kid Like Jake at IAMA Theatre Company

Theater Review: Never Is Now at The Skylight Theatre

The current state of the world, and particularly of the United States, is naturally affecting the media currently being produced. Whether new works or old stories that have new resonance and meaning in a present day context, it is difficult to go to the theater or watch television without seeing some manifestation of our current … More Theater Review: Never Is Now at The Skylight Theatre

Theater Review: Delusion’s Alt Delete

As we approach Halloween in Los Angeles, there are no shortage of spooky events to attend, from amusement park horror nights to intense one-on-one extreme haunts. Delusion first burst onto the scene in 2011 with their first “haunted play”—an escape room, haunted maze, and narrative play rolled into one. What set the event apart was the … More Theater Review: Delusion’s Alt Delete

Theater Review: Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse

Don’t feed the plants—or, in this case, one hot pink monstrosity of a plant. This is not your mother’s Little Shop of Horrors that opened at the Pasadena Playhouse last night—most of the camp has been replaced with grit in an iteration that illuminates the realities of Skid Row life. But the results are mixed—while some … More Theater Review: Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse