Theater Review: Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl

There is always something special about seeing Into the Woods performed outside, and there is plenty of magic to be found in the all-star production at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, opened last night for a weekend run of only three performances, … More Theater Review: Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl

Theater Review: Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre

Miss Saigon, the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., opened this week at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood following a successful Broadway revival in 2017 and 2018. Based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, it takes place in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War and tells the story of a South Vietnamese woman and … More Theater Review: Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: FRIENDS! The Musical Parody at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Fans of the TV show Friends who want a night off from watching reruns on Netflix might be tempted to check out FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, currently in its Los Angeles premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, where it opened Wednesday in a guest production after successful runs Off-Broadway and around the country. But ultimately, this … More Theater Review: FRIENDS! The Musical Parody at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Scraps at The Matrix Theatre Company

We are sadly used to hearing high-profile stories about young, unarmed black men shot by white police officers, but what happens when the media attention fades and the victim’s family must find a way to continue living after their world has been shattered? This is what playwright Geraldine Inoa explores in Scraps, a play currently … More Theater Review: Scraps at The Matrix Theatre Company

Theater Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Antaeus Theatre Company

Set up as a play-within-a-play, the action of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, currently playing at Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles, begins in the lobby. Before anyone takes their seats, the actors mingle amongst the waiting crowd to set the stage, playing two groups of farmers debating who deserves to own and rehabilitate … More Theater Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Antaeus Theatre Company

Theater Review: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Ahmanson Theatre

The tone for the farce that is The Play That Goes Wrong is set long before the curtain rises. Frazzled cast members wander the audience, asking questions such as if anyone has a dog they can borrow for the second act, as others attempt to fix the constantly malfunctioning set. An audience member is even brought … More Theater Review: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Indecent at the Ahmanson Theatre

Those of us who frequent the theater do not need to be convinced of this art form’s importance. But there are some stories that really drive this home, emphasizing the true power of theater, particularly when the world wants to prevent a story from being told. Indecent, a play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that debuted … More Theater Review: Indecent at the Ahmanson Theatre