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 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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Persians

Persians

Photo by Craig Schwartz Persians Reviewed by Bob VeriniSITI Company at the Getty VillaThrough Sept. 27 RECOMMENDED: Reviewing the 2011 Getty Villa production of Euripides’ Trojan Women, staged by Anne Bogart with her New York-based SITI Company, I called it “essential viewing for anyone interested in the conversation between timeless texts and modern theatrical practice,” expressing my conviction(…)

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Psyche : A Modern Rock Opera

Psyche : A Modern Rock Opera

Photo by Barry Weiss Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera Reviewed by Pauline AdamekGreenway Arts AllianceThrough Sept. 28. RECOMMENDED: The ancient Greek myth of the challenged romance between Psyche and Eros is the well from which sprang numerous Princess-themed fairytales: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast — even echoes of the Pandora, Eurydice and Hercules myths can be detected in(…)

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Trying

Trying

Photo by Suzanne Mapes Trying Reviewed by Neal WeaverInternational City TheatreThrough Sept. 14 RECOMMENDED:  In 1967, when she was just 24 years old, playwright Joanna McClelland Glass took a job as secretary to Judge Francis Biddle, who was nearing the end of a long and illustrious career. He was one of “the Philadelphia Biddles,” whose ancestors arrived in(…)

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The Life And Sort Of Death Of Eric Argyle

The Life And Sort Of Death Of Eric Argyle

Photo by Matthew McCray The Life And Sort Of Death Of Eric Argyle Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanSon of Semele EnsembleThrough September 28 RECOMMENDED: “Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them.”–Usually attributed, possibly inaccurately, to Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894) in “The Voiceless” Irish playwright Ross Dungan might have had this quote in mind(…)

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Photo by Ian Flanders Much Ado About Nothing Reviewed by Mayank Keshaviah Theatricum Botanicum Through September 28 RECOMMENDED: In Act V of Shakespeare’s oft-revived comedy about recalcitrant lovers, Benedick (Robertson Dean) admits to Beatrice (Susan Angelo), “Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.” And good thing too, for not only do these two forge an archetype that(…)

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The Unfryable Meatness of Being

The Unfryable Meatness of Being

Photo by Erika Boxler The Unfryable Meatness of Being Reviewed by Paul Birchall Pacific Resident Theatre Through Sept. 28 RECOMMENDED: Playwright Keith Stevenson’s delightfully quirky comedy is the third installment in a series of plays — a triptych of white trash comedies, each an episode involving the down-market residents of a flophouse motel in backwoods West Virginia.  And(…)

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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry OrchardReviewed by Terry Morgan Pacific Resident Theatre Through Sept. 21.   Photo by Vitor Martins Read on The Cherry OrchardReviewed by Terry Morgan Pacific Resident Theatre Through Sept. 21  Photo by Vitor Martins  RECOMMENDED:  There have always been political takes of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Some have described it as a condemnation of the idle aristocracy,(…)

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