“Vietgone” at South Coast Repertory

At the top of Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone,” now in its world premiere staging at South Coast Repertory, the charming, ingratiating “Playwright” (Paco Tolson) gives the usual pre-show speech about exits, cell phone and wrapped candies, then goes on to introduce the cast, who display a mastery of the most egregious stereotypes of Asians and Americans. … Continue reading “Vietgone” at South Coast Repertory

“Seven Spots on the Sun” at The Theatre @ Boston Court

Martín Zimmerman’s extraordinary play “Seven Spots on the Sun” draws upon some of the most ancient theatrical devices to tell a complex, profoundly emotional tale of honor and love, as well as cruelty and horror set in a small Central American village suffering through a brutal civil war. Three actors collectively called The Town (Daniel … Continue reading “Seven Spots on the Sun” at The Theatre @ Boston Court

“The Princes of Kings Road” presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles in association with Dion Neutra and the Neutra Museum and Gallery

More than pure, delicious entertainment, “The Princes of Kings Road,” a world premiere produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles in association with Dion Neutra and the Neutra Museum and Gallery, makes the Twentieth Century history of architecture in Southern California, as exemplified by the careers of Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, come alive. One might … Continue reading “The Princes of Kings Road” presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles in association with Dion Neutra and the Neutra Museum and Gallery

“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