Stage Raw has assembled a list of stage performances that stand out from the pack. Check back often for our Los Angeles theater recommendations.

Recorded in Hollywood

Recorded in Hollywood

Photo by Ed Krieger Recorded in Hollywood: The Musical Reviewed by Bill RadenLillian TheatreThrough May 17 RECOMMENDED: Recorded In Hollywood: The Musical isn’t the first book musical to touch on the nexus between the cultural foment of midcentury African-American popular music and the Civil Rights Movement (e.g., 2002’s hit Broadway cartoon, Hairspray). But book writers Matt Donnelly and(…)

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanAt the Monroe Forum Theatre at the El PortalThrough May 10 RECOMMENDED: There’s such an assortment of riches in this stellar rendering of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s operatic musical that I can only begin by commending director Kristin Towers-Rowles. She’s brought together a superb ensemble, equally(…)

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The Discord Altar

The Discord Altar

Photo by Amanda McRaven The Discord Altar  Reviewed by Neal WeaverAt The Secret Rose TheatreThrough May 3 RECOMMENDED: Improvisation in the theatre is hardly a new thing, and more and more it seems to become a useful part of the movie-making process. Improvised comedy has become downright ubiquitous, and was practiced with glorious expertise by Mike Nichols(…)

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A Dog’s House

A Dog’s House

Photo by Patrick J. Adams A Dog’s House Reviewed by Pauline AdamekIama Theatre Company at The Elephant StageThrough April 26 RECOMMENDED:  A couple debates their options after their untrained Rottweiler dismembers the new neighbors’ small dog. But a series of lies and missteps brings Eden and Michael (Christine Woods and Graham Sibley) into an awkward friendship with(…)

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Corktown ’57

Corktown ’57

Photo by Ed Krieger Corktown ‘57 Reviewed by Paul BirchallOdyssey TheatreThrough May 3 RECOMMENDED:  “The whole world’s in a state of chassis!” said Jack Boyle, the iconic Irish lotus-eating blackguard of Juno and the Paycock, Sean O’Casey’s great drama about the tragic flaws of an Irish family.  O’Casey’s forbidable Irish shadow looms large over playwright John Fazakerley’s new,(…)

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Mine Eyes Hath Seen

Mine Eyes Hath Seen

Photo courtesy Theatre Banshee Mine Eyes Hath Seen Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanAt Theatre BansheeThrough May 17 RECOMMENDED: The Civil War was the bloodiest and one of the most tragic episodes in American history.  More people lost their lives in battle and to disease in that war than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War(…)

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Occupation

Occupation

Photo by Jessica Sherman Occupation Reviewed by Jessica SalansSacred Fools Theatre CompanyThrough May 9 RECOMMENDED: Satire can make unpalatable truths digestible. Sacred Fools Theatre Company has always been one to push the boundaries on what audiences can stomach (2014’s Taste about cannibalism in urban America, for example). With their latest show, the west-coast premiere of Ken Ferrigni’s Occupation,(…)

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Blood

Blood

Photo courtesy of Theatre/Theater Blood: A Voodoo Love Story Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIITheatre/TheaterThrough April 26 RECOMMENDED: Michael Phillip Edwards’s two-hander is something of a cautionary tale about the wages of unrestrained lust. A man and a woman (Phrederic Semaj, Marie Tomas) sit opposite each other in bewildered, momentary silence, gradually realizing that they have an as yet(…)

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

a Photo by Craig Schwartz Julius Caesar Reviewed by Vanessa CateA Noise WithinThrough May 8 RECOMMENDED: The third part of A Noise Within’s REVOLUTIONary season, William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar presents a tragic look at politics, ambition, loyalty, and ultimately the timeless quality of the struggle for power and honor. The difficulty in presenting Shakespeare is how well-known and widely-available(…)

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Prison Boxing

Prison Boxing

Photo by Terry Cyr Prison Boxing  Reviewed by Jessica SalansSkylight Theatre CompanyThrough April 26  RECOMMENDED:  Humor, wonder, disgust, grief; these are a few of Leah Joki’s “rasa boxes” from the debut of her one woman show, Prison Boxing. As shared in Joki’s author note, rasa is the Hindu word for feeling and emotion. In Hinduism, there are(…)

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