Theater Review: Key Largo at the Geffen Playhouse

Key Largo was first a 1939 Broadway play, then a 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and finally, it is now at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in a new world premiere adaptation. Adapted by Andy Garcia and Jeffrey Hatcher, this play shifts some of the focus to the character of Johnny Rocco … More Theater Review: Key Largo at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Thanksgiving Play at the Geffen Playhouse

The version of Thanksgiving most of us were taught in school is certainly problematic. From outdated, disrespectful views of Native Americans and erasure of their role to the generous portrayals of the first white settlers on this continent, the narrative around the whole holiday is due for reexamination. This discussion sets the stage for The … More Theater Review: The Thanksgiving Play at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: Skintight at the Geffen Playhouse

Jodi Isaac (Idina Menzel) is feeling insecure. On paper, there’s no reason she should be—she is a successful lawyer at a top firm in Los Angeles, she has more or less successfully raised two young adult sons, and her father is a fashion retail mogul. But her husband recently left her for another woman—an affair … More Theater Review: Skintight at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Niceties at Geffen Playhouse

Most people who went to college likely remember office hours as a phenomenon that you were glad existed, but rarely utilized. But in The Niceties, a play by Eleanor Burgess currently in its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, office hours become a battleground between a professor and a student who … More Theater Review: The Niceties at Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse

Around this time of year, productions of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol are a dime a dozen, but none is quite like the moody, spooky version currently running at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This world premiere adaptation by Tony-winner Jefferson Mays (who also performs it), Michael Arden (who also directs it), … More Theater Review: A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: Our Very Own Carlin McCullough at the Geffen Playhouse

“Who loves the battle?” “Carlin loves the battle.” This rallying cry is repeated throughout Our Very Own Carlin McCullough, a play written by Amanda Peet currently in its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. Carlin, ten years old when the story begins, is a tennis prodigy, and she is everything to both her single mother … More Theater Review: Our Very Own Carlin McCullough at the Geffen Playhouse