Our Top Ten – Theater Reviews

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

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly The Mystery of Edwin Drood  Reviewed by Terry MorganActor’s Co-opThrough October 26. RECOMMENDED: You cannot fault Actors Co-op for ambition. In taking on Rupert Holmes’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the group has tackled one of the most difficult and large-scale musicals of the past 30 years, and this intimate production is nonetheless(…)

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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

Photo by Abbie Selznick Smoke and Mirrors Reviewed by Elizabeth Morgan WachtelThe Road on LankershimThrough November 2 RECOMMENDED: From the outset, this new incarnation of Albie Selznick’s Smoke and Mirrors, which is billed as a theatrical magic show, aims to do more than provide an evening of diversion to audiences. In an energetic 90-minute performance, Selznick shares the(…)

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La Traviata

La Traviata

Photo by Craig Matthew La Traviata Reviewed by Pauline AdamekLA Opera/Dorothy Chandler PavilionThrough Sept. 28 RECOMMENDED: LA Opera has launched its new season by bringing back their 2006 staging of La Traviata. Director and designer Marta Domingo’s chic concept reimagines and transposes Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless romance to the decadent Roaring 20s. The spare, almost minimal, sets are buoyed(…)

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Buried Child

Buried Child

Photo by Nico Sabenorio Buried Child Reviewed by Vanessa CateWhitefire TheatreThrough Oct. 11 RECOMMENDED:  In 1979 Sam Shepard won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child. A dark denouncement of the American Dream, Shepard combined realism and surrealism to look at the dysfunction inherent in the modern family, and how secrets cannot be kept buried forever.(…)

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Animals out of Paper

Animals out of Paper

Photo: Courtesy East West Players Animals Out of Paper Reviewed by Devil WeilEast West PlayersThrough Oct. 5 RECOMMENDED:  Celebrating 50 years of showcasing plays by and acted by individuals of color, East West Players production of Rajiv Joseph’s Animals out of Paper marks the opening of its latest season. Directed by Jennifer Chang, the production exemplifies the(…)

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Happy Days

Happy Days

Photo by Ed Krieger Happy Days Reviewed by Neal WeaverTheatre @ Boston CourtThrough Oct. 19 RECOMMENDED:  In the midst of a desolate landscape, a huge mound of parched earth rises, occupied only by a few rocks, scraggly clumps of dead grass, and a woman, Winnie (Brooke Adams), who’s buried up to her chest in the earth. She’s(…)

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The Behavior of Broadus

The Behavior of Broadus

Photo by Kim Gottlieb-Walker/lenswoman.com The Behavior of Broadus Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIISacred Fools TheaterThrough Oct. 18 RECOMMENDED: The name Dr. Watson is most commonly associated with Sherlock Holmes’s affable sidekick, but in this delightfully twisted musical, co-directors Matt Almos and Ken Roht and the always edgy Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company introduce us to(…)

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The Tempest

The Tempest

Photo by Smith Center/Geri Codey The Tempest  Reviewed by Terry MorganSouth Coast RepertoryThrough Sept. 28. RECOMMENDED: The current production of The Tempest at South Coast Repertory is the best version of the play I’ve ever seen. It does something seemingly obvious, yet not so obvious that I’ve seen it before: It focuses on the magic. This isn’t to(…)

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Women

Women

Photo Credit : Adam Carver Women Reviewed by Pauline AdamekTheatre AsylumThrough Oct. 25 RECOMMENDED: One of the hits of this summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival is back at Theater Asylum. For her hilarious play Women, playwright Chiara Atik has re-imagined the stripped down plot of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved roman à clef Little Women as viewed through the lens of(…)

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Race

Race

Photo by Craig Schwartz Race Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIIKirk Douglas TheatreThrough Sept. 28 RECOMMENDED: In his 2009 drama, David Mamet’s delves into the ever-controversial issue of race. Though it lacks the raw dramatic pull of some of Mamet’s other works, it’s certainly timely and is a nimble display of the edgy, slick word-craft he’s renowned for. Charles Strickland(…)

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