Theater Review: A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse

Around this time of year, productions of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol are a dime a dozen, but none is quite like the moody, spooky version currently running at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This world premiere adaptation by Tony-winner Jefferson Mays (who also performs it), Michael Arden (who also directs it), … More Theater Review: A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse

Theater Review: The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

How much of the human experience is determined by the era you are born into? In The Pride, a play by Alexi Kaye Campbell currently in its Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, one storyline takes place in 1958 and another in 2008. Both follow a core trio of … More Theater Review: The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Theater Review: Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

In 1981, audiences weren’t ready for Merrily We Roll Along.┬áDirected by Hal Prince with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical was highly anticipated…until it became a flop with critics and audiences, closing just 16 performances after opening night. Now rarely produced but currently playing in Los Angeles in a stellar production at the … More Theater Review: Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Theater Review: Spring Awakening at Deaf West

When Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening begins, two actresses, both playing Wendla, face each other from opposite sides of a mirror that sits center stage. The music starts to play and one Wendla (Katie Boeck) begins singing “Mama Who Bore Me”, accompanying herself on the guitar, while her counterpart (Sandra Mae Frank) begins … More Theater Review: Spring Awakening at Deaf West