Theater Review: Gloria at The Echo Theater Company

When Gloria, a Pulitzer Prize-finalist play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins currently in its west coast premiere at The Echo Theater Company, begins, it seems like a modern workplace comedy. We meet four 20-somethings, three editorial assistants and an intern, who are dragging their way through another workday at a magazine in New York, dealing with ridiculous … More Theater Review: Gloria at The Echo Theater Company

Theater Review: Forever Bound at the Atwater Village Theatre

If you watched only the opening scenes of Forever Bound, a play written by Steve Apostolina now in its world premiere at the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles, you would likely never guess the turns the story eventually takes. Presented by Sankalpa Productions, it is one of those shows that is difficult to discuss … More Theater Review: Forever Bound at the Atwater Village Theatre

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company and Circle X’s An Undivided Heart

Someone stands in front of you with a cat in one hand and a knife in the other, threatening to kill it. What do you say to save the cat? In An Undivided Heart, a co-production of Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Company that opened this past weekend at the Atwater Village Theatre, … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company and Circle X’s An Undivided Heart

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

Theater Review: Red Cup Theatre Co’s That Long Damn Dark

Two teenagers drag two freshly dead corpses into a storage unit. The moment they leave, the corpses sit up and start talking to each other, and it would be like nothing ever happened if not for the gaping bullet wounds in both of their chests. This grisly scene sets the tone for That Long Damn … More Theater Review: Red Cup Theatre Co’s That Long Damn Dark

Theater Review: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s Mutual Philanthropy

Dinner parties in plays never go well, do they? This theory certainly applies to Mutual Philanthropy, a new play by Karen Rizzo currently being presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA. A tight 75 minutes, it tells the story of two very different couples who come together for a classy meal, which quickly spirals into a complicated … More Theater Review: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s Mutual Philanthropy

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Dry Land

“Punch me.” These are the opening words of Dry Land, the play by Ruby Rae Spiegel currently in its west coast premiere. They are spoken by Amy (Teagan Rose), a high school swimmer, to her new friend and teammate, Ester (Connor Kelly-Eiding) in the locker room. Why does Amy want to be punched, specifically in … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Dry Land