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

Flare Path

Flare Path

Photo by Ed Krieger Flare PathReview by Neal WeaverTheatre FortyThrough Dec. 14 RECOMMENDED:  In the middle years of the 20th century, Terrence Rattigan (1911-1977) was perhaps England’s most important playwright. (Noel Coward was in a state of temporary eclipse, though he would experience a triumphant resurgence a few years later.) Rattigan specialized in genteel, conventional well-made(…)

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The Penis Chronicles

The Penis Chronicles

Photo by Brian Perez The Penis Chronicles THE PENIS CHRONICLESReview by Neal WeaverThrough December 14 RECOMMENDED: Apparently playwright Tom Yewell wanted to provide a male variation on The Vagina Monologues. The title might suggest that the show is a bit of pornography or an exercise in sensationalism, but the play is neither, despite a brief interlude of male(…)

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A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

Photo courtesy: a Working Theater Silver Lining  Reviewed by Sarah Tuft a Working Theater at Art Share Through November 21 RECOMMENDED: A Working Theater’s Silver Lining starts with a kitchen sink drama in which a young couple argues over what to do about an unplanned pregnancy. Suddenly an intruder stops the play or, rather — in the(…)

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The Call Of Cthulhu

The Call Of Cthulhu

Photo courtesy The Visceral Company The Call of Cthulhu  Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIIThe Visceral Company at the LexThrough Dec. 7 RECOMMENDED: Following on their success of last year’s Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, The Visceral Company and director Dan Spurgeon mount an impressive adaptation of one of Lovecraft’s best known works. This is not one of the author’s(…)

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Cannibal! The Musical

Cannibal! The Musical

Photo by Nardeep Khurmi Cannibal! The Musical Reviewed by Pauline AdamekCoeurage Theatre Company at Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & CaféThrough Nov. 22 RECOMMENDED: Trey Parker is best known for being one half of the duo who created the irreverent animated TV show South Park. He and Matt Stone also recently earned Tony Awards for their smash-hit musical The Book of(…)

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Completeness

Completeness

Photo by Ed Krieger Completeness Reviewed by Deborah KlugmanVS. TheatreThrough Dec. 7 RECOMMENDED: Itamar Moses’s Completeness is chockfull of discourse about protein processes and algorithmic probabilities, and if, like myself, you’re not of a scientific bent, you could drift off amidst the disquisition and the theory. Chances are you won’t, however. As directed by Matt Pfeiffer, VS. Theatre’s(…)

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Reasons To Live

Reasons To Live

Photo by Ed Krieger Reasons to Live Reviewed by Paul BirchallOpen Fist Theatre at Skylight TheatreThrough Nov. 30 RECOMMENDED: There may indeed be crazier families than the clan on display in playwright Meryl Cohn’s often charming comedy, but you will be hard pressed to find one that wears its neuroses as proudly as this one. Cohn’s unspoken mantra appears(…)

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Serial Killer Barbie

Serial Killer Barbie

Photo by Christian Kennedy Serial Killer Barbie Reviewed by Paul BirchallNoHo Arts CenterThrough Dec. 21 RECOMMENDED: The title of this engaging musical credited to Colette Freedman and Nickella Moschetti suggests that this is going to be a campy tale of cheeseball craziness.  That’s kind of a mislabel of Freedman and Moschetti’s offbeat play, though:  Yes, there is a(…)

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Stop Kiss

Stop Kiss

Photo by Jim Cox Stop Kiss Reviewed by Vanessa CateThe Pasadena PlayhouseThrough Nov. 30 RECOMMENDED  At times, Diana Son’s play feels dated –- a violent hate crime results from two women kissing in public. In a time where more states than not allow the freedom to marry whomever you choose, where popular characters in television and(…)

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‘night, Mother

‘night, Mother

Photo by Aliah Whitmore ‘night, Mother Reviewed by Jenny LowerWhitmore Eclectic at Lost StudioThrough Dec. 14 RECOMMENDED: In Marsha Norman’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, an adult woman who acts as caretaker for her elderly mother casually announces that she plans to shoot herself before the evening is through. From this initial premise, the two-hander progresses in real time(…)

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