Theater Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Antaeus Theatre Company

Set up as a play-within-a-play, the action of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, currently playing at Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles, begins in the lobby. Before anyone takes their seats, the actors mingle amongst the waiting crowd to set the stage, playing two groups of farmers debating who deserves to own and rehabilitate … More Theater Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Antaeus Theatre Company

Theater Review: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Ahmanson Theatre

The tone for the farce that is The Play That Goes Wrong is set long before the curtain rises. Frazzled cast members wander the audience, asking questions such as if anyone has a dog they can borrow for the second act, as others attempt to fix the constantly malfunctioning set. An audience member is even brought … More Theater Review: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: Indecent at the Ahmanson Theatre

Those of us who frequent the theater do not need to be convinced of this art form’s importance. But there are some stories that really drive this home, emphasizing the true power of theater, particularly when the world wants to prevent a story from being told. Indecent, a play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that debuted … More Theater Review: Indecent at the Ahmanson Theatre

Theater Review: After Hours Theatre Company’s The Last Five Years

After Hours Theatre Company made a name for themselves as innovators in Los Angeles theater with last year’s hit immersive production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, where audience members donned hospital gowns and participated in pre-show activities, becoming a part of the asylum. For their next show, they chose The Last Five Years, which … More Theater Review: After Hours Theatre Company’s The Last Five Years

Theater Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre

The longest running show on Broadway is back in Los Angeles for a spell, this time with a new staging specifically designed with touring in mind. The Phantom of the Opera has been a musical theater mainstay since its West End debut in 1986, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and … More Theater Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Dana H. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

When playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part Two, The Christians) was in college, his mother, Dana Higginbotham, went through a traumatizing ordeal. Dana struggled to speak about this painful experience with her son, so he eventually had fellow theater creator and collaborator Steve Cosson interview her about it. Hnath then adapted these interviews to … More Theater Review: Dana H. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

Theater Review: Les Misérables at the Pantages Theatre

Les Misérables, arguably one of the most iconic and well-known musicals in theater history, is back at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Cameron Mackintosh’s production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the epic tale and played over 1000 performances on Broadway beginning in 2014. Incorporating new scenery inspired by the paintings of … More Theater Review: Les Misérables at the Pantages Theatre