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Don't look behind this door

8/23/2017
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The joy of the familiar is that it let's you focus on the specific. Unfortunately, Tom Jacobson's The Devil's Wife is familiar, but that doesn't help.

Duration: 00:03:17


When the policy is more important than the dramaturgy

8/16/2017
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The trouble with autobiographical solo shows is that sometimes what happens in life doesn’t match up with the best dramaturgy. In Alex Alpharoah’s case, that’s a good thing.

Duration: 00:03:46


Making sense of an inscrutable world

8/9/2017
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time doesn't so much tell you a story as it does allow you to sense the world through the lens of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher.

Duration: 00:03:19


Why the all-star game isn't much of a game

8/2/2017
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Antaeus Theatre Company has a problem: they have too many trained actors. I know that sounds like a blessing but sadly, that's what it feels like in Antaeus' thoroughly generic production of As You Like It.

Duration: 00:03:23


The beasts among us

7/26/2017
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Ionesco's play Rhinoceros is a perfect commentary on our political times. Unfortunately, Pacific Resident Theatre's production squanders that power on cheap laughs

Duration: 00:03:28


Missing Dad

7/19/2017
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There is a lot, and I mean a lot, to Lauren Yee's play The King of the Yees, so let's start simply. On one level, it's a play about a red door.

Duration: 00:03:45


Sweet when it should be savory

7/12/2017
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The Cake is a sweet play that really wants to be savory.

Duration: 00:03:34


The wrong kind of spectacle

7/5/2017
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A lot of things are moving in LA's larger theaters and it's got me freaked out.

Duration: 00:03:24


A Long way to go

6/28/2017
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Everything is compelling in The Pride… until it isn't. It's a bit like a scenic drive that never really takes you anywhere.

Duration: 00:03:54


A romance with slippery time

6/21/2017
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What would a romance look like in the multi-verse? What even is a multi-verse? Nick Payne's Constellations at the Geffen Playhouse tries to answer all your questions.

Duration: 00:03:20


A civic tragedy in 4 tweets

6/14/2017
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"Julius Caesar can be read as a warning parable to those who try to fight for democracy by undemocratic means" or …not.

Duration: 00:03:19


Getting lost in a playwright's mind

6/7/2017
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If you're a lover of muscular playwriting, great acting and Los Angeles - you need to spend next Sunday with Murray Mednick.

Duration: 00:03:20


A lost classic

5/31/2017
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Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry is a stunning production of a lost classic that’s beautifully directed.

Duration: 00:03:41


A House with a shaky foundation

5/24/2017
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The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage is built on a shaky foundation but the actors manage to hold the thing together.

Duration: 00:03:15


Unfair expectations?

5/10/2017
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Before you go see Rajiv Joseph's world-premiere Archduke, google the details of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914.

Duration: 00:03:33


Why we need a good 'Block Party'

5/3/2017
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Center Theatre Group's Block Party is a big deal for small theaters.

Duration: 00:03:29


We are being watched as we do the watching

4/26/2017
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Walking into Christiane Jatahy's play The Walking Forest at REDCAT feels, at first, more like going to a hip gallery opening than a play.

Duration: 00:04:01


A theatrical bologna sandwich

4/19/2017
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Sandwiched between two projection screens, Plasticity is the theatrical equivalent of bologna.

Duration: 00:03:45


Following your ears back to the beginning

4/12/2017
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Okay, you need to stop what you're doing and go buy a ticket to see The Encounter at The Wallis. No, really, I mean it. It's only here through this Sunday and the show will change the way you listen.

Duration: 00:03:22


Worse than a wall

4/5/2017
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Robert Schenkkan's Building the Wall isn't theater as reflection but theater as horrified fortune teller.

Duration: 00:03:36

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