Theater Review: Love Never Dies at the Pantages Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show in Broadway history. For this reason alone, I suppose it makes sense that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write a sequel, Love Never Dies, the national tour of which is currently playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. But this misguided, messy, melodramatic musical fails … More Theater Review: Love Never Dies at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Unemployed Elephants at The Victory Theatre Center

A man and a woman meet at the airport. She is on her honeymoon, solo, after being dumped just before her wedding. He says he is on assignment for Animal Planet, researching the unemployed logging elephants of Myanmar. Turns out they are sitting next to each other on the plane, and then staying at the … More Theater Review: Unemployed Elephants at The Victory Theatre Center

Theater Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston Court

Sometimes the most compelling theater happens when a text we thought we knew inside and out is presented in a way that illuminates new layers and creates a deeper understanding. The current production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a fresh take on a play that has been well-known … More Theater Review: A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston Court

Theater Review: Echo Theater Company and Circle X’s An Undivided Heart

Someone stands in front of you with a cat in one hand and a knife in the other, threatening to kill it. What do you say to save the cat? In An Undivided Heart, a co-production of Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Company that opened this past weekend at the Atwater Village Theatre, … More Theater Review: Echo Theater Company and Circle X’s An Undivided Heart

Theater Review: Latino Theater Company’s The Happiest Song Plays Last

Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, which begins in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and the Pulitzer Prize-winner Water by the Spoonful, concludes in The Happiest Song Plays Last, which made its California premiere this weekend at the Latino Theater Company. Together, these three plays follow their central character, Elliot, over the course of nine years, beginning with … More Theater Review: Latino Theater Company’s The Happiest Song Plays Last

Theater Review: Water by the Spoonful at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum

Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, which begins with Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue, now playing at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, continues at the Mark Taper Forum in Water by the Spoonful, which opened last week. Together the three plays, which conclude with The Happiest Song Plays Last, opening this coming weekend at the … More Theater Review: Water by the Spoonful at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum

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