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Recognizing Shared Humanity: Road Theatre Company’s ‘Nowhere on the Border’

Reviewed by Guy Picot With a wall being built, and harrowing stories of children being separated from their parents, the border with Mexico has been very much in the news recently. Timely then, that playwright Carlos Lacamara should revise his... Continue Reading →

‘The Christmas Present’ is exactly the kind of story we need

Co-reviewed by Matt Ritchey and Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move There’s a wonderful Christmas story about a man dissatisfied with his life, who lives alone, and who has terrible thoughts about other people. And one magical night, he realizes... Continue Reading →

Waiting For Waiting For Godot: Not worthy of the talent on stage.

Co-Reviewed by Matt Ritchey and Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move There was a time (waaaaaay back in the 90’s) when Hollywood was hell-bent on producing lavishly decorated period pieces. All the trades opined that actors were having a difficult... Continue Reading →

What Happens After ‘Troy’? Hero Theatre’s Mission Possible

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move What happens after Troy? When it falls? When it fails its populace against the rising tide? When the army of gentrification marches through the city? Laying waste to communities, remapping grids, upgrading rents,... Continue Reading →

Loft Ensemble’s ‘Growing Gills’ One of L.A.’s Best Pieces of Theater All Year

Reviewed by Matt Ritchey, Growing Gills To Drown in the Desert, playing at Loft Ensemble, is an unusual title. It’s also fitting. But as it’s a bit difficult to get the gist of the plot from the title, here’s a... Continue Reading →

Antaeus Theatre’s ‘Eight Nights’ Offers an Abundance of Humanity

Reviewed by Guy Picot The past is always with us in haunting Hanukkah history. Jennifer Maisel's family drama Eight Nights, in repertoire through December 15 at Antaeus Theatre Company, has a neat device: Show one night of Hanukkah each decade... Continue Reading →

‘Supportive White Parents’ Expands at The Second City Hollywood

Reviewed by Matt Ritchey Joy Regullano’s inspired musical about reconciling oneself with how they were raised has moved from its debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and into The Second City Hollywood’s Second Floor theater  (6560 Hollywood Blvd.), playing Fridays... Continue Reading →

‘Neil Simon’s Musical Fools’: Another Rollicking Open Fist Triumph

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move As it turns out, Open Fist’s production of Neil Simon’s Musical Fools playing at the Atwater Village Theater is not only a winner under the direction of Ron West, it’s pretty damned... Continue Reading →

Mixed Feelings with Sam Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’ at A Noise Within

Reviewed by Matt Ritchey I watched A Noise Within’s production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child through what seemed like a gaussian fabric – through it, I saw great acting, a gorgeous set, good direction, and high-quality performance. What was obscured... Continue Reading →

Celebration Theatre’s ‘Ravenswood Manor’ Is Serially Eccentric

Reviewed by Guy Picot If you like late-night camp-horror-soap opera comedy but also like being home in bed by 10:30 p.m. then Ravenswood Manor at Celebration Theatre is just the ticket. An episodic play (I saw episodes One and Two),... Continue Reading →

IAMA’s ‘A Kid Like Jake’ Has Its Own Point of View

Reviewed by Matt Ritchey IAMA Theatre Company’s West Coast Premiere of Daniel Pearle’s A Kid Like Jake  has arrived at the perfect time. Or, rather, it has been wisely remounted at the perfect time. New York City couple Alex and... Continue Reading →

Antaeus Theatre Company’s ‘The Abuelas’ Reopens Old Wounds and Explores Forgiveness

Reviewed by Guy Picot Stephanie Alison Walker's The Abuelas was developed, in part, through the Antaeus Playwright Lab and is the first such piece to receive a full production there. The wide Antaeus stage is transformed into an immaculate Chicago... Continue Reading →

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