Death Play. Sounds off-putting, doesn’t it. Or intriguing, if your thoughts and interests quirk towards the dark side. In reality, this highly emotional, very personal work of theatre art, is profound in its depth, while being extraordinarily entertaining, with laughter and angst existing side by side in the moment-to-moment exploration of grief over the loss … Continue reading “Death Play” at Circle X Theatre Co.
In Stopping By, a new play written and performed by Barbara Tarbuck, an older woman named Christine deals with the decline and death of a beloved husband, deranged and debilitated by a stroke. She finds peace and closure in her first ever trip to Burning Man. That’s a bare description of an engaging, heartfelt evening … Continue reading “Stopping By” at The Echo Theater Company
Like Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing, Samuel D. Hunter’s Pocatello reveals overarching themes in an intimate family drama. Set in an Italian-styled, chain-restaurant in the Idaho town of fifty-thousand-plus citizens, two woefully unhappy families play out their understandable angst in ninety minutes of keenly acted strife. At the center of the maelstrom, Eddie (the superb … Continue reading “Pocatello” at Rogue Machine Theatre
The best thing about Waiting for Johnny Depp is the title. It peaks the interest and makes one want to check it out. The two-act, one-woman show directed by Holly Friedman, with script, music and lyrics written by Janet Cole Valdez, the performer, Deedee O’Malley, and Holly Friedman, is a series of vignettes detailing the … Continue reading “Waiting for Johnny Depp” at Whitefire Theatre
After more than 900 performances on Broadway and multiple Tony, Drama Desk and Critics Circle awards, including Best Musical, the national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, now in its Los Angles stop at the Ahmanson Theatre, validates those awards in spades. A packed opening night house roared with laughter and applause … Continue reading “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
The universal conundrum of the end of life takes center stage in Bekah Brunstetter’s thoroughly engaging new play Going to a Place where you Already Are, now in its world premiere run at South Coast Repertory. The great dichotomy… is there nothing or something after death? Nothing is easy to understand. Life emerges from a … Continue reading “Going to a Place where you Already Are” at South Coast Repertory
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a most unusual play. It is generally accepted into the Shakespearean canon despite questions about its authorship. Scholars have quibbled about the play for centuries and there seems to be a consensus that the Bard was responsible for writing at least the last half of the play, with the first … Continue reading “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” at Long Beach Shakespeare Company