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

Wicked

Wicked

Photo by Joan Marcus Wicked Reviewed by Bob VeriniPantages TheaterThrough March 15 RECOMMENDED: There’s no expectant lobby buzz like the expectant lobby buzz before a performance of Wicked, which is back for its fourth (but who’s counting?) Los Angeles engagement. This one’s been extended well into the New Year, and even before entering the Pantages lobby you can instantly(…)

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The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Photo by Jill Mamey The Snow Queen Reviewed by Pauline AdamekTroubadour Theater Company  at the Falcon TheatreThrough Jan. 18 RECOMMENDED:  The Troubadour Theater Company’s annual Christmas show is a fan favorite, but happily it’s not all about the in-jokes (and there are many). This wacky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s slightly obscure and dark fairytale focuses on a(…)

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Raditatical

Raditatical

Photo by Star Foreman Raditatical Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanThe Montalbán TheatreThrough December 21 RECOMMENDED: Raditatical is one of those superb amalgams of music, dance and visuals whose sum eludes description. Introduced as “a journey in rhythm,” and conceived and co-directed by Bronkar Lee and Ameenah Kaplan, this family-friendly show features juggler-beatboxing impresario Lee, and five other remarkably gifted musical(…)

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The Christmas Present

The Christmas Present

Photo by Jessica Sherman-Prince The Christmas Present Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIITheatre of NOTEThrough Dec. 24 RECOMMENDED:  For those seeking a departure from run-of-the-mill Christmas offerings, Guy Picot’s “dark British comedy about a hooker, a hotel room and some holiday magic,” should spice up the season. Divorced, miserable and desperately in need of companionship on Christmas Eve,(…)

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

Photo by Joan Marcus Blithe Spirit Reviewed by Jenny LowerAhmanson TheatreThrough Jan. 18 RECOMMENDED:  Much like its titular character, Noel Coward’s jaunty comedy about the ghosts of deceased spouses debuted ages ago (1941) yet retains its staying power. Penned in one week (according to the Ahmanson’s program notes) and mounted on London stages a month later, the(…)

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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Photo Courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival Into the Woods Reviewed by Pauline AdamekOregon Shakespeare Festival at the Wallis Annenberg CenterThrough Dec. 21  RECOMMENDED: What follows the “happily ever after” conclusion of most fairy tales? That’s what composer-songwriter Stephen Sondheim and book-writer James Lapine examine in their sophisticated 1986 Broadway musical based on Grimm’s fairy tails and composed expressly(…)

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Luna Gale

Luna Gale

Photo by Craig Schwartz Luna Gale  Reviewed by Myron MeiselGoodman Theatre (Chicago) at the Kirk Douglas TheatreThrough Dec. 21 RECOMMENDED: While institutions and their procedural processes may be the backbone of our social organization, they can also tend to compound the dysfunctions they confront with systemic failings of their own, whether they be the police, schools, courts,(…)

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Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

Photo by Dan Warner Almost, Maine Reviewed by Neal WeaverHudson Mainstage TheatreThrough Dec. 21  Recommended: John Cariani’s play is, in fact, a collection of nine short sketches, mostly duologues, and mostly comic with some serious overtones. Much of Cariani’s comedy is rooted in the notion of taking figures of speech literally. In “Her Heart,” a woman (Natalie(…)

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Morrison Christmas

Morrison Christmas

Photo courtesy Zombie Joe’s Underground Morrison Christmas Reviewed by Bill RadenZombie Joe’s UndergroundThrough Dec. 20 RECOMMENDED: As the holiday flood gates open in earnest and L.A. stages find themselves awash in dubious Yuletide platitudes about the true meaning of Christmas (or their satirical analogues), leave it to Zombie Joe’s Underground to devise counterprogramming capable of resisting the season’s(…)

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Photo courtesy Grove Theater Center A Christmas Carol Reviewed by Devin WeilGrove Theatre CenterThrough Dec. 20 RECOMMENDED The blistering weather is palpable in director Kevin Cochran’s ever-so-faithful-to-Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, as exuded by the whistling wind (sound by Hunter Stephenson) and billowy blankets draped across the neck and shoulders of two of the three actors who bring(…)

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