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: 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: Echo Theater Company’s Nevertheless, She Persisted

Back in February, after Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke out against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, the Senate voted to silence her. During the comments following the vote, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recapped the events, he described Warren’s actions using the phrase “nevertheless, she persisted.” While this was intended as a … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Nevertheless, She Persisted

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s The Cake

What happens when someone or something suddenly throws the belief system you have held your entire life into question? The Cake, a play by Bekah Brunstetter currently in its world premiere at the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of conservative values in increasingly liberal times, all hinging around … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s The Cake

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Found Dog Ribbon Dance

In the opening scene of The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, a world premiere play by Dominic Finocchiaro currently being presented by the Echo Theater Company, a man wearing a Lucha mask uses a webcam to record himself dancing, with ribbons, of course, to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston. This quirky moment sets … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Found Dog Ribbon Dance

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Blueberry Toast

In the heat of the moment, a wife asks her husband why they can’t just be honest with each other and discuss how they really feel. “What kind of life would that be?” the husband responds, incredulous. This exchange tells you all you really need to know about the characters in Blueberry Toast, a world … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company’s Blueberry Toast