Theater Review: The Humans at the Ahmanson Theatre

Despite an impressive pedigree, there is little that’s flashy about The Humans, the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play that opened this week at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre. Written by Stephen Karam with the entire original Broadway cast reprising their roles, the one-act play unfolds over the course of Thanksgiving dinner with a … More Theater Review: The Humans at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Soft Power at the Ahmanson Theatre

Soft Power, currently in its world premiere at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, is billed as “a play with a musical.” This is a unique description fitting for a unique show, both in structure and in content. With play and lyrics by David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori, Soft Power taps … More Theater Review: Soft Power at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Water by the Spoonful at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum

Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, which begins with Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue, now playing at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, continues at the Mark Taper Forum in Water by the Spoonful, which opened last week. Together the three plays, which conclude with The Happiest Song Plays Last, opening this coming weekend at the … More Theater Review: Water by the Spoonful at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

“Fugue” is a musical term, defined as a piece in which a melody is introduced by one voice, mimicked by others, and continues on by interweaving those parts. Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 and written by Quiara Alegría Hudes as the first installment in her Elliot Trilogy, opened … More Theater Review: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Something Rotten! at the Ahmanson Theatre

Just in time for the holidays, the rambunctious, crowd-pleasing national tour of Something Rotten! has opened at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre. This original musical, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, is a rare show that is equally enjoyable for theatre aficionados and more casual patrons alike. … More Theater Review: Something Rotten! at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Bright Star at the Ahmanson Theatre

Trouble and happiness often go hand in hand, and there is plenty of both to be found in Bright Star, the charming bluegrass musical that just launched its national tour at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles after a Broadway run last year. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and inspired by … More Theater Review: Bright Star at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Head of Passes at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum

“One day you will know what it means to hold onto something.” In Head of Passes, a play by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), a dying family matriarch is struggling to hold onto a lot of things—her literally crumbling home at the mouth of the Mississippi River, her health, and her complicated relationships … More Theater Review: Head of Passes at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum