www.latheatrebites.com An enthusiastic African-American college graduate is hired by the 2008 Obama campaign and lands in the streets of East Cleveland. Somewhere between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own identity, he learns that working in the "spotlight of Hope" isn't going to be as easy as he had imagined. Obama-ology is a compelling exploration of re-igniting the dreams of a black minority and the hopes of a country.
July 8 - August 21 2016 www.latheatrebites.com A eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime! While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories of their home-life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life-unaffirming “ding” of the bell signifying a spelling error. A riotous ride complete with audience participation.
8.7 out of 10 Great Show www.latheatrebites.com Three days before his bid for reelection in North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator makes a heartfelt and off-the-cuff comment after a school shooting to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. The Senator's devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage.
8.5 out of 10 Great Show. www.latheatrebites.com Ivy Monroe was Ocean Planet’s #1 whale trainer…until she was eaten alive by the very whale she trained. Ivy’s peppery surviving sister teams up with a shy whale trainer to take down Ocean Planet. Meanwhile, the smooth-talking Director of Operations is dead set on keeping America’s favorite marine park afloat. Who is to blame for this colossal #WhaleFail? Decide for yourself. This summer. Only at Hollywood Fringe.
8.8 out of 10 Excellent Show www.latheatrebites.com In a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg during the winter of 1905, Anton Chekhov’s widow, the actress Olga Knipper, along with two other actors, await the rest of the cast and their director while unseen striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the tsarist regime. A politically charged, haunting interrogation of theater and the revolutionary impulse, Neva savagely examines the relationship between theater and...
6.8 out 10 Okay, but needs work. www.latheatrebites.com From the Ovation Award Winning company Loft Ensemble an unapologetic farce, this play satirizes the fractured modern fairy tale genre. When faced with a sudden ultimatum, two princes scramble to find true love or suffer the consequences of a mysterious curse. Through speed dating, arranged marriages, and random encounters in the woods, is there any chance at true love?
8.3 out of 10 Good Show Inspired by the three weeks of Anne Frank’s life before she and her family disappeared into hiding, THIRTEEN’S SPRING is a gestural exploration of both the individual and family stories surrounding the Holocaust. Occurring in an atmosphere of nostalgia, this play is an homage to the affect these world events has had on generations. www.latheatrebites.com
www.latheatrebites.com June 17th - June 25th 2016 Ted Larson and Denise Ford are the only two assistant campaign managers left after an off-color comment from congressman John Crest threatens his re-election bid. With only hours to spare before their candidate will be interviewed on TV all the remaining staffers must work together to save the campaign. Highly skilled and intelligent Ted & Denise know that only one of them will end up becoming the campaign manager by the end of the night....
June 3rd - June 18th 2016 7 out of 10 Average Show Join us for a mystery of theatrical proportions as none other than Mr. William Gillette, renowned actor and creator of the first stage persona of Sherlock Homes, opens his home to holiday guests. Before you can say “pass the eggnog,” there’s been a murder, and of course, everything Gillette has learned must be thrown into play in order to solve the mystery. A cleverly plotted who-dun-it from the pen of one of today’s most prolific...
June 11th - June 25th 2016 8 out of 10 Good Show Two strangers’ carpool from Los Angeles to Sacramento unravels when they decide to try to extort money from a Department of Motor Vehicles bribery scheme headquartered in Bakersfield. www.latheatrebites.com
June 10th - 25th 2016 @ The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood Ivy Monroe was Ocean Planet’s #1 whale trainer…until she was eaten alive by the very whale she trained. Ivy’s peppery surviving sister teams up with a shy whale trainer to take down Ocean Planet. Meanwhile, the smooth-talking Director of Operations is dead set on keeping America’s favorite marine park afloat. Who is to blame for this colossal #WhaleFail? Decide for yourself. This summer. Only at Hollywood Fringe. www.latheatrebites.com
June 4th - 25th 2016 6 out of 10 Okay, Needs Work. Come participate in an interactive story time with a clever Jewish girl and her guardian, The Madame of Metamorphosis, travel first class while meeting over 20 characters from around the world, and witness cats having compelling conversations, turning indifference into compassion. www.latheatrebites.com
JUNE 4TH - JUNE 26 2016 8.7 out of 10 Great Show Parking enforcement officer Johnny Fu has just met the girl of his dreams. However, she has just committed an unspeakable act that Johnny isn’t sure he can move past. When he almost loses her after the argument, he realizes how much she means to him and vows to get her back with the help of his father, Chinese restaurant owner Master Fu, and his wacky sidekick waiter. Meanwhile, seasoned policeman Sarge, and his new apprentice Billy, are...
www.latheatrebites.com 8.7 out of 10 May. 21 — Jun. 18, 2016 When the family patriarch dies, a poor African-American family living on Chicago’s South Side, must decide what to do with the soon-to-arrive insurance settlement. Should it be used to establish a liquor store, as son Walter Lee plans to do, hopefully moving the family out of poverty? Or should his mother’s religious objections to alcohol be considered? Family tensions rise as the future of the Younger family is weighed against...
www.latheatrebites.com Synopsis: Following the lives of four young bohemians as they fight, fantasize and fall in (and out) of love in the face of poverty, La Boheme is widely regarded as one of Puccini's greatest works, spawning myriad adaptations, even becoming the basis for hit musical RENT. Although the struggle and strife (and excitement) of 1840's Paris may seem worlds away to us now, the themes have remained timeless and universal. Taken from the website http://www.laopera.org/
Synopsis: The story of a girl who did everything she was supposed to do and ended up exactly where she never wanted to be. "No, I Won't Take You to the Airport!," is a story of completely true stories. Taken from the Website. www.latheatrebites.com photo by MICHAEL LAMONT. 8.5 out of 10. Good Show
The groundbreaking Broadway musical! Green Day's powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion. The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. this high-octane show includes every song from Green Day's album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown....
To love or not to love? The play focuses on the ups and downs of one oddly perfect couple. The playwright, Jane Martin, presents two shattered and fragile individuals in an attempt to reveal how ridiculous love is when clung to as a means of self-appraisal. www.latheatrebites.com
Interview with the cast from the World Premiere of Down on Your Knees and Up to the Moon. Billed as an original jukebox musical set in the 1930s and the 1960s with plenty of sparkling romance and sartorial style, Down on Your Knees and Up to the Moon is the latest production from writer-director Gloria Gifford and her Gloria Gifford Conservatory (GCC) students. www.latheatrebites.com
In The Revisionist, David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone, while his second cousin Maria welcomes him with an overwhelming need to connect with her American family. www.latheatrebites.com 9 out of 10 Exceptional Show. March 29 – April 17, 2016