Theater Review: The Future, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Off the unprecedented success of their first virtual production, The Present, the Geffen Playhouse is doubling down on magic. And it makes sense—The Present sold out 251 performances, plus an additional 6,000 tickets for the closing night alone, when the audience was greatly expanded beyond its usual intimate number to allow more to experience magician … More Theater Review: The Future, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: Citizen Detective, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Capitalizing on the true crime craze with their latest virtual production, the Geffen Playhouse continues to establish themselves as the preeminent source for virtual Los Angeles theater in pandemic times. Their latest “Geffen Stayhouse” offering, Citizen Detective, is part murder mystery party, part escape room, and part history lesson that cold case aficionados and Old … More Theater Review: Citizen Detective, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: Inside the Box, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, it has become increasingly clear that theater as we know it will not be returning for some time. On the heels of last week’s heartbreaking yet expected announcement that Broadway will remain shuttered through at least May 2021, the pressure is on for artists and … More Theater Review: Inside the Box, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Present, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

The experience of The Present, the first fully virtual production from the Geffen Playhouse (currently dubbed “Geffen Stayhouse”) in Los Angeles, begins days before the performance when you receive a mysterious box in the mail. Over the last two months, as theaters around the world have shut down and most of us have sheltered in … More Theater Review: The Present, a Virtual Production from the Geffen Playhouse

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