Theater Review: The Great Leap at the Pasadena Playhouse

Sometimes the most compelling drama in sports does not happen on the court or field, but behind the scenes. In The Great Leap, a play by Lauren Yee that opened in its Los Angeles premiere this weekend at the Pasadena Playhouse, in association with the East West Players, basketball serves as an entry point into … More Theater Review: The Great Leap at the Pasadena Playhouse

Theater Review: A Kid Like Jake at IAMA Theatre Company

In A Kid Like Jake, which opened this weekend in its west coast premiere at IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles, we never actually meet the titular character. Instead, playwright Daniel Pearle has written a smart and thoughtful exploration of parenthood in the modern age, and how to navigate raising a child who is struggling … More Theater Review: A Kid Like Jake at IAMA Theatre Company

Theater Review: Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse

Don’t feed the plants—or, in this case, one hot pink monstrosity of a plant. This is not your mother’s Little Shop of Horrors that opened at the Pasadena Playhouse last night—most of the camp has been replaced with grit in an iteration that illuminates the realities of Skid Row life. But the results are mixed—while some … More Theater Review: Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse

Theater Review: Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse

“Make them hear you” is one of the most well-known refrains in Ragtime, and the current production at the Pasadena Playhouse is in fact demanding to be heard—and it is well worth listening to. With lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime is based on the 1975 … More Theater Review: Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse

Theater Review: IAMA Theatre Company’s American Hero

Three “sandwich artists” with very different lives walk into a franchise. What happens? Unfortunately the answer is…not much. American Hero, a play by Bess Wohl currently being presented by the IAMA Theatre Company in a guest production at the Pasadena Playhouse, is a comedy about working class America, but focuses on a microcosm that ultimately … More Theater Review: IAMA Theatre Company’s American Hero

Theater Review: Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theatre’s Our Town

“Does anyone ever realize life while they live it?” When Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning classic play that examines small town American life through a meta play-within-a-play format, first premiered, the Pasadena Playhouse became of the first theaters to produce it in 1939. Now, for their 100th season, they are presenting the play once more in … More Theater Review: Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theatre’s Our Town