“American Falls” at The Echo Theater Company

Playwright Miki Johnson makes an extraordinary Los Angeles debut with Echo Theater Company’s West Coast premiere of “American Falls,” her first full-length play. Although “American Falls” has been described as “a kind of modern day ‘Our Town’”, and indeed there are some similarities, it is darker, grittier and far more presentational. Like “Our Town’s” Stage … Continue reading “American Falls” at The Echo Theater Company

“Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” at the Getty Villa

Luis Alfaro is on a roll with his savvy adaptations of the primal Greek texts, updated and grounded in the Chicano culture of Los Angeles. He reworked Sophocles’ “Electra” into the gripping “Electricidad,” then spun his magic once more with “Oedipus el Rey.” Now he turns to Euripides with “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angles,” … Continue reading “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” at the Getty Villa

“When Stars Align” at Odyssey Theatre

“When Stars Align,” an ambitious theatrical event written by Carole Eglash-Kosoff and director John Henry Davis, could not be more timely. The racial divide between black and white Americans has surged into the public consciousness with vivid examples of police violence against blacks of both sexes and all ages, as well as an apparent backlash … Continue reading “When Stars Align” at Odyssey Theatre

“Luka’s Room” at Rogue Machine Theatre

“Luka’s Room,” a smashing new play in its world premiere performance at Rogue Machine Theatre, literally haunts my dreams. I roused from slumber into the twilight zone of limited consciousness several times after experiencing “Luka’s Room” as scenes replayed themselves and the salient issues of the show danced around the edges of my mind. What … Continue reading “Luka’s Room” at Rogue Machine Theatre

Shakespeare by the Sea’s “The Tempest” at Aquarium of the Pacific

Neither truly comedy, nor tragedy (no one dies), Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” plays out as a romantic drama with a backstory of evil deeds. It has a complex plot that includes treachery, cruelty, usurpation and unjust exile. The magician Prospero (keenly played by David Graham), a mage of great learning and power and his daughter, Miranda … Continue reading Shakespeare by the Sea’s “The Tempest” at Aquarium of the Pacific