Theater Review: Latin History for Morons at the Ahmanson Theatre

In his sixth one-man show, Tony winner John Leguizamo is back on stage with Latin History for Morons, a timely and engaging piece that is part comedy special, part solo revue, and part poignant academic lesson. Opening this week at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre after a successful Broadway run, the show was inspired by Leguizamo’s … More Theater Review: Latin History for Morons at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Handjob at the Echo Theater Company

When the lights rise on Handjob, a play by Erik Patterson currently in its world premiere at the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, we meet Keith (Steven Culp). Keith is a gay, white writer, and he has hired Eddie (Michael Rishawn), a younger black man, to provide a service that at first glance seems … More Theater Review: Handjob at the Echo Theater Company

Theater Review: Frankenstein at A Noise Within

Since the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein in 1818, it has been interpreted and adapted in many ways. In 2011, a stage adaptation by Nick Dear debuted at the National Theatre in London, and this weekend its California premiere opened at A Noise Within in Pasadena. While Dear’s adaptation is in some ways problematic, … More Theater Review: Frankenstein at A Noise Within

Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of A League of Their Own at Rockwell Table & Stage

There’s no crying in baseball, or at Rockwell Table & Stage, where the Unauthorized Musical Parody of A League of Their Own is currently hitting a home run. The latest entry in the venue’s popular UMPO (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) series, created and written by Kate Pazakis, this funny take on the popular 1992 film … More Theater Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of A League of Their Own at Rockwell Table & Stage

Theater Review: Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl

There is always something special about seeing Into the Woods performed outside, and there is plenty of magic to be found in the all-star production at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, opened last night for a weekend run of only three performances, … More Theater Review: Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl

Theater Review: Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre

Miss Saigon, the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., opened this week at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood following a successful Broadway revival in 2017 and 2018. Based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, it takes place in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War and tells the story of a South Vietnamese woman and … More Theater Review: Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre