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

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Bed

Considering we humans spend about a third of our lives sleeping, it’s only logical that the lone location for Bed, the world premiere play that opened this weekend in Los Angeles, is, you guessed it—a bed. Written by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Jennifer Chambers, and presented by the Echo Theater Company, Bed examines a dysfunctional relationship over … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Bed