“Pick of the Vine” at Little Fish Theatre

Pick of the Vine, Little Fish Theatre’s annual blockbuster slate of short plays, is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. This year’s selections, culled from over five hundred entries, range in length from five to fourteen minutes and run the gamut from the hysterically absurd to the wistfully poignant, evoking an audience response of raucous laughter, thoughtful … Continue reading “Pick of the Vine” at Little Fish Theatre

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at The Ahmanson Theatre

Christopher John Francis Boone is an unusual fifteen- year-old boy. Self described as “a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties,” one can see that he is outside the realm of normal. He cringes violently if touched and has many sensitivities. Yet he is brilliant in his own way. Like the classic case of the blind men … Continue reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at The Ahmanson Theatre

“Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” at Odyssey Theatre

It is beyond question that Jacques Brel was one of the greatest singer/song-writers of the Twentieth Century. Put him right next to Edith Piaf for passionate, dramatic performances in the French chanson tradition, with songs that echo in the mind and memory. He rose steadily from obscurity in the early 1950s to world-wide fame in … Continue reading “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” at Odyssey Theatre

“Debussy: His Letters and His Music” at Odyssey Theatre

Julia Migenes has returned to Los Angeles with a new musical offering. Debussy: His Letters and His Music creates the world of the beloved composer, Claude Debussy, through selected dramatic readings of his voluminous letters, which spanned nearly his entire life from teenage to death. As a composer, Debussy broke with tradition and created a … Continue reading “Debussy: His Letters and His Music” at Odyssey Theatre

“War Stories” at Actors Workout Studio

War Stories, a new play by Sarah Kelly, follows the complicated love lives of four aspiring, youngish Angelenos. Their individual trajectories form, not a triangle, but a quadrangle of passionate missteps. Jen (the playwright Ms. Kelly), a therapist, is close to a permanent relationship with Philip, an unseen, unheard character, who is a very wealthy … Continue reading “War Stories” at Actors Workout Studio

“Bakersfield Mist” at The Fountain Theatre

Bakersfield Mist — where to begin with this exhilarating piece of theatre. The actors? The script? The production? “In the beginning was the word,” so let’s start with Stephen Sachs’ brilliant, erudite script. The two-character play puts diametrically opposite people in delicious conflict. Maude Gutman (the effervescent, surprisingly athletic Jenny O’Hara), a recently fired bartender … Continue reading “Bakersfield Mist” at The Fountain Theatre

“A Very Special Holiday Special!” at Little Fish Theatre

The holidays are inexorably upon us with their inevitable good cheer, exhortations to spend copiously on food and gifts and the annual plethora of holiday entertainments on stages and screens, replete with ho-hos and bah-humbugs. Little Fish Theatre has taken a clever path with A Very Special Holiday Special!, an evening (or matinée) of short … Continue reading “A Very Special Holiday Special!” at Little Fish Theatre