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The Blank Theatre’s ‘Hot Tragic Dead Thing’ is Controversial and Well Made

Reviewed by Guy Picot Copyright © 2020 Gia On The Move The Blank Theatre has a long history of developing and championing new plays through its Living Room Series of rehearsed readings. Hot Tragic Dead Thing by Ashley Rose Wellman... Continue Reading →

Antaeus Theater Updates a Centuries Old Play in ‘Measure for Measure’

Reviewed by Guy Picot Copyright © 2020 Gia On The Move Sometimes the social and political climate makes a centuries-old play seem supernaturally prophetic. So it is with Measure for Measure, currently being staged by Antaeus Theatre Company. The sparse... Continue Reading →

Rorschach Fest’s ‘Ghosts’ Revival is a Piece of History

by Matt Ritchey Copyright © 2020 Gia On The Move Rorschach Fest is Open Fist’s 30th Anniversary repertory festival featuring short works from John O’Keefe, Harold Pinter, Daniel McIvor, and Caryl Churchill. The purpose of the chosen works, according to... Continue Reading →

What if you could just be who you are? ‘Gifted’ at Sacred Fools

An interview with playwright Bob DeRosa and director Rebecca Larson By Matt Ritchey Copyright © 2020 Gia On The Move Every weekend, it seems, a new superhero movie opens at the box office; stories of humans with special gifts that,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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