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

Therese Raquin

Therese Raquin

Photo by Keith Ian Poliakoff Thérèse Raquin Reviewed by Myron MeiselLong Beach Opera at the Warner Grand TheatreThrough Feb. 1 RECOMMENDED: Those who tend to be consistently disappointed in new musicals could profitably explore new opera as a more reliable alternative, where the creative energies appear to have been more vibrant so far in this latest century. Tobias(…)

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Anna Christie

Anna Christie

Photo by Diego Barajas Anna Christie  Reviewed by Terry MorganThe Odyssey TheatreThrough March 8 RECOMMENDED:  One of the pleasures of attending theater is witnessing the rebirth of a classic play through a vital new production. There’s something profoundly satisfying in realizing that the concerns of the past aren’t that different from our own; that art, when(…)

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Waiting for Lefty (and Scenes from Other Great Odets Plays)

Waiting for Lefty (and Scenes from Other Great Odets Plays)

Photo Courtesy Hero Theatre Company Waiting for Lefty (and Scenes from Other Great Odets Plays) Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIIHero Theatre Company at Inner City ArtsThrough Feb. 1 RECOMMENDED: Director Korey Jackson and the Hero Theatre Company’s plain-sailing revival of Clifford Odets’s Depression-era drama about conflict among NYC cabbies and and their labor union proves that some things(…)

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Maria Elena Infantino: From Piaf to Mambo Italiano

Maria Elena Infantino: From Piaf to Mambo Italiano

Photo courtesy Maria Elena Infantino Maria Elena Infantino: From Piaf to Mambo Italiano Reviewed by Pauline AdamekHerb Alpert’s Vibrato GrillFeb. 28  RECOMMENDED: Backed by a top-notch trio of jazz musicians, petite and pretty vocalist Maria Elena Infantino takes to the stage in a plain black dress and dark wig. Channeling “the little sparrow” — Édith Piaf —(…)

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Disconnection

Disconnection

Photo by Ed Krieger Disconnection Reviewed by Neal WeaverSkylight Theatre Company at the Beverly Hills PlayhouseThrough March 1 RECOMMENDED:  The church referred to by playwright Allen Barton in his play is never identified, but the details of his story evoke the horror stories told by disillusioned former Scientologists: accounts of demands for total conformity, hefty financial contributions,(…)

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Viral

Viral

Photo by Justin Zsebe Viral Reviewed by Vanessa CateMoving Arts & Bootleg TheaterThrough Feb. 6 RECOMMENDED: Just as the internet is inundated with information pulling us in all directions, from work emails to celebrity tweets to Buzzfeed’s list of 7 best superfoods, so is Mac Rogers’s Viral markedly confused in terms of theme, pulling us from sexuality(…)

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Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still

Photo by Dan Warner Photography Time Stands Still Reviewed by Neal WeaverSecret Rose TheatreThrough Feb. 8 RECOMMENDED: Photo-journalist Sarah (Prescilliana Esparolini) and foreign correspondent James (Aidan Bristow) are a cracker-jack team, who have travelled the world, covering its wars and hot-spots, and they are also lovers, who have been together for eight years. But a tour of duty(…)

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Moon River

Moon River

Photo by Maria Garcia Moon River Reviewed by Jessica SalansNo Hay Banda at Son of Semele Creation Festival 2015Through Feb. 5 RECOMMENDED: Enchantingly, disarmingly bizarre. I’m not sure what I witnessed Friday night, but it held attention. A few of the oddities that occurred in this performance piece originally devised by Maria Garcia and Catarina Morena in London, include: -A ten(…)

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Something Something New Vagina

Something Something New Vagina

Photo by Kate Roth Something Something New Vagina Reviewed by Lovell Estell IIIEclectic Company TheatreThrough Feb. 1 RECOMMENDED: The well-publicized, recent suicide of Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn tragically underscores the persistent hostility, ignorance and bigotry that confront the men and women of the transgender community. Fortunately, there are people like artist, performer and educator Rebecca Kling who,(…)

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Silent Witnesses

Silent Witnesses

Photo by Rick Friesen Silent Witnesses Reviewed by Paul BirchallOdyssey TheatreThrough Feb. 1 RECOMMENDED: Playwright-actor Stephanie Satie’s solo show uses the format of a group therapy session to depict the oral histories told by survivors of the Holocaust survivors who were children when the German Nazi concentration camps were functioning. These are women who survived either because they(…)

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