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 From outdated, disrespectful views of Native Americans and erasure of their role to the generous portrayals of the first white settlers on this continent, the narrative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

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

Theater Review: Ironbound at the Geffen Playhouse

At what point in life must you be willing to sacrifice happiness for survival? Ironbound, a play by Martyna Majok currently in its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, tells the story of Darja (Marin Ireland), a Polish immigrant struggling to build a life for herself in New Jersey. Whether it … More Theater Review: Ironbound at the Geffen Playhouse