“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

“The Cruise” at The Los Angles Theatre Center

Playwright Jonathan Ceniceroz deals with some major themes and ideas in his new play, The Cruise. Set aboard the high-end, luxury ship Majestic cruising the Caribbean, the play deals with multiple overlapping themes—ethnic identity, sexual identity, current politics, ambition, social justice and family dynamics. Ramón Garcia (Ric Salinas of Culture Clash) is more or less … Continue reading “The Cruise” at The Los Angles Theatre Center

“The Latina Christmas Special” at The Los Angeles Theatre Center

The joy of the season in Greater LA increases with holiday performances that move well beyond the traditional. Scrooge and Nutcracker will always draw crowds as each generation discovers the Dickensian miser and the thrill of the ballet. In our smaller theatres, gems are being produced. Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro scored with A … Continue reading “The Latina Christmas Special” at The Los Angeles Theatre Center