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

Scream!

Scream!

Photo by Elliot Dal Pra London Scream! Reviewed by Bob VeriniRockwell Table and StageThrough Dec. 6 RECOMMENDED: Rockwell Table and Stage, in Los Feliz, has long been the local locus of the interactive/immersive restaurant/musical. That means you eat and drink while the action is taking place all around you, and a pop diva is as likely to belt(…)

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Re-Animator – The Musical

Re-Animator – The Musical

Photo by Thomas Hargis Re-Animator – The Musical  Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIITrepany House at the Steve Allen TheaterThrough Nov. 23 RECOMMENDED: Back in time for Halloween is this hugely popular musical, again under Stuart Gordon’s skillful direction, and based on his horror film, Re-Animator. It’s hard to imagine this latest incarnation as a step up on(…)

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Broomstick

Broomstick

Photo by Ed Krieger Broomstick Review by Neal WeaverThe Fountain TheatreThrough November 30 RECOMMENDED: Playwright John Biguenet’s engaging solo piece takes what looks like a light-weight premise and turns it into something rich and strange. His protagonist is a Witch (Jenny O’Hara) living in her cottage “once upon a time in the deep, dark woods,” somewhere in Appalachia. She(…)

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The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death

Photo by Craig Schwartz The Dance of Death Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanA Noise Within Through  Nov. 22. RECOMMENDED: Reviewers and scholars invariably describe Strindberg’s The Dance of Death as depicting a miserable marriage between a dissolute army captain and his bored, embittered wife. The characters are frequently remarked upon as prototypes for Edward Albee’s George and Martha. In the(…)

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And What Of The Night?

And What Of The Night?

Photo by Wendy Figueroa And What Of The Night? Reviewed by Sarah TuftThe Vagrancy at Studio/StageThrough Nov. 2 RECOMMENDED: The celebrated Cuban-American writer Maria Irene Fornes’s play is about sex, power, institutional failure, human frailty, betrayal, dreams and madness. In other words, it’s a play about money. Fornes, clearly influenced by the works of Samuel Beckett, was a Pulitzer(…)

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Dating in LA with No Nipples

Dating in LA with No Nipples

Photo courtesy Lisa David Dating in LA with No Nipples Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanAt the Whitefire Theater Through November 5 RECOMMENDED: Lisa David is so likable, and her autobiographical show so ingenuous and inspiring, that you can readily forgive its extended length and lack of polish. The offbeat title – Dating in LA with no Nipples – pertains to(…)

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Flash Festival of Short Plays

Flash Festival of Short Plays

Photo by Halei Parker Flash Festival of Short Plays Reviewed by Vanessa CateChalk Rep.Through Oct. 25 RECOMMENDED : You enter an upscale high-rise apartment in Downtown L.A. and are ushered into a lobby with futuristic chairs, a piano, and echoing acoustics. You wait for the show to begin, not knowing exactly what it will be, but already(…)

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Forever

Forever

Photo by Craig Schwartz Forever Reviewed by Paul BirchallKirk Douglas TheatreThrough Oct. 26. RECOMMENDED: If you’re going to write your memoirs, you need a story worth telling – and if you’re going to perform them, you need to find the emotional center to your life story that will translate to your audience.  Fortunately, in her compelling solo monologue,(…)

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Nice Things

Nice Things

Photo by John Flynn Nice Things Reviewed by Neal WeaverRogue Machine at Theatre/TheaterThrough Nov. 23 RECOMMENDED: Vince Melocchi’s provocative, long one-act hinges on the death in Afghanistan of a young recruit named Danny, who’s from a small Pennsylvania town. His fiancée Amy (Connor Kelly-Eiding), who works in a local donut shop, is trying to cope with her grief(…)

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The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

Photo courtesy Puppet State Theatre Company The Man Who Planted Trees Lovell Estell IIIPuppet State Theatre CompanyThrough Oct. 19 RECOMMENDED :  THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES“Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.” This final stanza from Joyce Kilmer’s famous short poem “Trees,” came to mind after viewing this enchanting show from(…)

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