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

End of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow Review by Neal WeaverInternational City TheatreThrough March 15 RECOMMENDED: Some years before Judy Garland’s death, she appeared at a star-studded benefit for the Actors Studio in New York, alongside Carole Channing, Ava Gardner, Shelley Winters and Josephine Premice — and Judy’s children, including Liza Minelli. Judy wore a black satin evening suit, which emphasized(…)

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Cineastas

Cineastas

Photo by Stephen Gunther Cineastas by Mariano Pensotti Reviewed by Myron MeiselGrupo Marea (Buenos Aires) at REDCATThrough Feb. 21 RECOMMENDED: Argentinian theater auteur Mariano Pensotti returns to REDCAT three years after his remarkable The Past is a Grotesque Animal  with an even more intricately woven tapestry of tales. Cineastas, which closes this weekend, is incontrovertibly one of the(…)

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Voice Lessons

Voice Lessons

Photo by Ed Krieger Voice Lessons Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanAtwater Village TheatreThrough February 22 RECOMMENDED: We’ve all known folks with outsized perspectives on their own talent or worth.  Justin Tanner’s funny hour-long play turns on an encounter between Ginny (Laurie Metcalf), a screechy community theater performer with diva aspirations, and Nate (French Stewart), a reserved but financially pressed(…)

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The Ghosts of Versailles

The Ghosts of Versailles

Photo by Craig Matthews The Ghosts of Versailles Reviewed by Vanessa CateLA Opera Through March 1 RECOMMENDED: Some of opera’s most well-known and beloved characters are back. Count Amivala, his wife the Countess Rosina, and of course the irrepressible Figaro himself. Composer John Corigliano and librettist William M. Hoffman’s The Ghosts of Versailles, originally commissioned by the(…)

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Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction)

Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction)

Photo by Bren Coombs Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction)  Reviewed by Neal WeaverCombined Art Forum at Theatre AsylumThrough March 8 RECOMMENDED: What happens when you construct a mashup of Shakespeare with a Quentin Tarantino movie? The result is a convoluted plot, with pseudo-Elizabethan dialogue, and masses of violence, throat-cuttings, and general death and destruction, delivered via blunderbus,(…)

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Hellman v. McCarthy

Hellman v. McCarthy

Photo by Ed Krieger Hellman v. McCarthy Reviewed by Bill RadenTheatre FortyThrough Feb. 28 RECOMMENDED:  The first shock offered by Hellman v. McCarthy, Brian Richard Mori’s fascinating stage account of the famously bitter, late-life feud between fiercely recalcitrant literary lionesses Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, is the realization — or rather the reminder — that ideas once(…)

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Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival

Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival

Photo by Craig Schwartz Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIIKirk Douglas TheatreThrough March 1 RECOMMENDED:   This is a cleverly reworked version of Culture Clash’s 2003 play that ran at the Mark Taper forum. Director Lisa Peterson returns to helm this highly entertaining production. New material has been added, and the writing-performing trio of(…)

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Photo by Gina Long A Walk in the Woods Reviewed by Devin WeilSierra Madre PlayhouseThrough Feb. 21 RECOMMENDED:  This revival of Lee Blessing’s 1988 political drama consisting of two diplomats from opposing nations taking a walk in the Swiss woods proved here (at the Sierra Madre Playhouse) to be not only funny and heavy simultaneously but also quick(…)

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Serrano, the Musical

Serrano, the Musical

Photo by Brian McCarthy Serrano, the Musical Reviewed by Neal WeaverThe Matrix TheatreThrough March 29 RECOMMENDED:  If you thought Serrano sounded remarkably like Cyrano, you were on the right track. This musical, with book and lyrics by Madeline Sunshine and score by Robert Tepper, sets out to transpose Cyrano de Bergerac to NYC’s Little Italy, and combine it(…)

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The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll

The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll

Photo by Ed Krieger The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll Reviewed by Jessica Louise SalansThe Theater @Boston CourtThrough March 1 RECOMMENDED: Try Google image search “Alice Pleasance Liddell.” Pictures of a young girl with a dutch-boy haircut appear. This is the girl suspected to be the muse of Charles Dodgson’s (aka Lewis Carroll’s) Alice in Wonderland. It is(…)

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