Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Stranger Things at Rockwell Table & Stage

In its latest iteration, the UMPO (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) Series is taking on season one of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things and the results are, as usual, hilarious. Written by Kate Pazakis, creator and Executive Producer of the UMPO Series, this show adds a new twist to the usual format, a “choose your … More Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Stranger Things at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: A Bronx Tale at the Pantages Theatre

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices you make will shape your life forever.” A Bronx Tale, a musical based on the play of the same name, opened at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles this week after a nearly two year run on Broadway. Often described as a cross between … More Theater Review: A Bronx Tale at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum

Two immigrant families, one Mexican and one Japanese-American, have lived peacefully as neighbors on a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley for years, working together in the fields. The oldest children from each family have even fallen in love with each other—and then Pearl Harbor happens, and soon World War II, and their lives will … More Theater Review: Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Cost of Living at the Fountain Theatre

The actual “cost of living” can take on many forms—physical, emotional, financial. In Cost of Living, Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play now in its west coast premiere at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, two very different relationships between people with disabilities and their caregivers are examined through a universal lens of privilege, loneliness, … More Theater Review: Cost of Living at the Fountain Theatre

Theater Review: Quack at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

What happens when a popular television personality finds himself in the middle of a scandal? This topical question is at the center of Quack, a world premiere play by Eliza Clark currently playing at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Dr. Irving Baer (Dan Bucatinsky) is an endocrinologist who has built an empire of sorts … More Theater Review: Quack at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: The Little Foxes at Antaeus Theatre Company

Sometimes, family can bring out the worst in us—especially if your relatives would do anything to get to the top. Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, currently playing at the Antaeus Theatre Company’s Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, follows the Hubbards, a deceitful, conniving family in 1900s Alabama who will not be satisfied until they … More Theater Review: The Little Foxes at Antaeus Theatre Company

Theater Review: Dear Evan Hansen at the Ahmanson Theatre

There have been plenty of musicals about complicated, grieving families over the years, but until now, there has not been one tailor-made for the social media era. Enter Dear Evan Hansen, the 2017 Tony winner for Best Musical that opened last night at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. With music and lyrics by … More Theater Review: Dear Evan Hansen at the Ahmanson Theatre