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

Theater Review: Big Night at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

We all remember June 12, 2016, when 49 people were shot and killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, in a terrorist attack and hate crime. Some may also remember that this horrible tragedy, the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001, fell on the eve of that year’s Tony … More Theater Review: Big Night at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Bent at the Mark Taper Forum

I have been struggling to find a way to adequately describe Center Theatre Group’s production of Bent since seeing a preview performance nearly a week ago. I can’t remember ever leaving a theater feeling so utterly devastated and, essentially, at a loss for words. None of this is a bad thing—the production is extraordinary on every … More Theater Review: Bent at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Girlfriend at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

It’s fitting that the musical Girlfriend, which opened last night at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, is playing Los Angeles in the summer. Summer is practically a character in the show, both driving the events and creating the perfect backdrop to take the audience back to a place of young love and longing. The show, which … More Theater Review: Girlfriend at the Kirk Douglas Theatre