Theater Review: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical at the Pantages Theatre

Jukebox bio-musicals are seemingly a dime a dozen these days—Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is currently playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, and the Pantages Theatre was recently home to On Your Feet, the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical. But Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which just reopened at the Pantages in … More Theater Review: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls Play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Teenage girls worldwide struggle with a number of the same issues—body image, fitting in at school, planning for the future, dealing with societal and familial pressures. But while many of these issues are universal, there are also major differences depending on where in the world girls grow up. School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls … More Theater Review: School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls Play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Spring Awakening for Gun Safety at the Lounge Theatre

Spring Awakening is a show about many things, but at its core, it’s about the many ways we fail our children. As parents, as a society, and even as friends, these failures often end in tragedy. Me + You Productions takes a look at the 2007 Tony-winning musical through a 2018 lens in a new production … More Theater Review: Spring Awakening for Gun Safety at the Lounge Theatre

Theater Review: Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum

Reading, Pennsylvania was always a factory town—a place where generation after generation grew up working at steel mills, until the financial crisis of the early 2000s changed the only life many of these workers had ever known irrevocably. This is the topic of Sweat, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage that opened in … More Theater Review: Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum

Theater Review: Ain’t Too Proud at the Ahmanson Theatre

Look out, baby, cause here they come. Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations opened in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre last night, just hours after it was announced the show will transfer to Broadway in spring 2019. With a score comprised of the iconic music catalogue of The Temptations and a book … More Theater Review: Ain’t Too Proud at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalin at the Matrix Theatre

Holidays tend to bring out the drama in families, sometimes even to the point where one person ends up beating another with a thawed chicken. In Jews, Christians, and Screwing Stalin, a world premiere comedy by Mark Lonow and Jo Anne Astrow currently playing at the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood, it’s the eve of Rosh … More Theater Review: Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalin at the Matrix Theatre

Theater Review: Waitress at the Pantages Theatre

You cannot walk five feet in the Pantages Theatre without encountering a bunch of mini pies for sale, perfectly setting the scene for Waitress, the hit Broadway musical that opened in Los Angeles for the first time last night. Notable for being the first Broadway musical with an all-female primary creative team—director Diane Paulus, composer and … More Theater Review: Waitress at the Pantages Theatre