“Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evil Doers” at Los Angeles Theatre Center

I have seen and reviewed many one-person shows over the years. I love the bravery of the genre. Some have been brilliant, some disasters, but none are more exciting and unique than performance artist José Torres-Tama’s Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evil Doers. In a scintillating, utterly absorbing seventy-five minutes, Mr. Torres-Tama dissects the current immigrant … Continue reading “Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evil Doers” at Los Angeles Theatre Center

“The Mother of Henry” at Latino Theater Company

Under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela, Latino Theater Company resident playwright Evelina Fernández’ new work, The Mother of Henry, is a complex concoction that can bemuse an audience at first with its stylistic, choreographed set changes, some broadly played characters, and a tall, angel-winged guitarist (Robert J. Revell) who expertly plays and sings some … Continue reading “The Mother of Henry” at Latino Theater Company

“Desert Rats” at Latino Theater Company

Nate Rufus Edelman’s Desert Rats, a black comedy thriller is instantly intriguing. Performed in the small industrial Avalos Theatre of the Los Angeles Theatre Center and configured in three-quarter round, the audience is literally within arms reach of the players, at least this audience member was. I could have lit one of the actor’s cigarettes. … Continue reading “Desert Rats” at Latino Theater Company

“The Happiest Song Plays Last” at Latino Theater Company

The Happiest Song Plays Last, the final installment of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Elliot Trilogy,” is as globe girdling as the two prior works, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, and Water by the Spoonful. The first play was a generational story of three Marines who went to war and were damaged physically and emotionally. Grandpop served in … Continue reading “The Happiest Song Plays Last” at Latino Theater Company