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

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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Better

Better

Photo by Darrett Sanders Better Reviewed by Steven Leigh MorrisEcho Theater Company at Awater Village TheatreThrough Nov. 16 RECOMMENDED: Jessica Goldberg told The Jewish Journal that her new play Better is quasi-autobiographical, written in the wake of her father’s death from brain cancer in conjunction with her own crumbling marriage to actor Hamish Linklater. In Better, Goldberg struggles to(…)

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Wicked Lit

Wicked Lit

Photo by Daniel Kitayama Wicked Lit 2014 Reviewed by Terry MorganUnbound ProductionsThrough November 8 RECOMMENDED: This sixth annual presentation by Unbound Productions is a cool, autumnal treat. Participants gather at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery in Altadena to witness three adaptations of famous scary stories from literature or folklore, staged on the grounds. The audience begins the evening(…)

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4,000 Miles

4,000 Miles

Photo by Gina Long 4,000 Miles Reviewed by Jenny LowerSierra Madre PlayhouseThrough Nov. 8 RECOMMENDED Amy Herzog’s contemporary exploration of kinship, adulthood and self-discovery receives a warm, capable production in its Los Angeles debut at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Directed by Christian Lebano, the show offers much to appreciate, from the well-appointed set to the spot-on costume design.(…)

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Choir Boy

Choir Boy

Photo by Micheal Lamont Choir Boy Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIIGeffen PlayhouseThrough Oct. 27 RECOMMENDED: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water), once again engages and entertains with this compelling coming of age — and coming out — drama that spans a year inside an exclusive prep school for African-American males. The Charles(…)

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The Trip To Bountiful

The Trip To Bountiful

Photo by Craig Schwartz The Trip To Bountiful Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanAhmanson TheatreThrough Nov. 3 RECOMMENDED: If ever there were a work defined by its poignancy, it would be Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, the story of an elderly woman’s efforts to live out her last days at her beloved childhood home. Set in Texas in the(…)

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