Theater Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre

There are no carriages turning into pumpkins to be seen in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, an enchanting, contemporary ballet currently being presented by New Adventures at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Instead, this interpretation of the classic fairy tale takes place over a backdrop of a city in turmoil at the height of … More Theater Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Linda Vista at the Mark Taper Forum

What does ‘starting over’ really mean if you’re stuck in the same self-destructive behavior patterns? In Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Linda Vista, a new play by Tracy Letts that opened this week at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, a middle-aged man attempts to figure out what options remain for him in … More Theater Review: Linda Vista at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Come From Away at the Ahmanson Theatre

On paper, it feels a bit wrong to call a musical about September 11th, 2001 “uplifting.” It is easy to wonder how that could possibly be true…until seeing Come From Away, a true marvel of a show that manages to take a large story everyone knows about one of the most devastating days in modern … More Theater Review: Come From Away at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum

Two immigrant families, one Mexican and one Japanese-American, have lived peacefully as neighbors on a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley for years, working together in the fields. The oldest children from each family have even fallen in love with each other—and then Pearl Harbor happens, and soon World War II, and their lives will … More Theater Review: Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Quack at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

What happens when a popular television personality finds himself in the middle of a scandal? This topical question is at the center of Quack, a world premiere play by Eliza Clark currently playing at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Dr. Irving Baer (Dan Bucatinsky) is an endocrinologist who has built an empire of sorts … More Theater Review: Quack at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Dear Evan Hansen at the Ahmanson Theatre

There have been plenty of musicals about complicated, grieving families over the years, but until now, there has not been one tailor-made for the social media era. Enter Dear Evan Hansen, the 2017 Tony winner for Best Musical that opened last night at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. With music and lyrics by … More Theater Review: Dear Evan Hansen at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls Play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Teenage girls worldwide struggle with a number of the same issues—body image, fitting in at school, planning for the future, dealing with societal and familial pressures. But while many of these issues are universal, there are also major differences depending on where in the world girls grow up. School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls … More Theater Review: School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls Play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre