Post image for Theater Review: A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME (Hollywood Fringe Festival)

HALLUCINOGENS, MAN-WHORES & CHINA PEOPLE I’m not sure why Steve Chang chose to call his world premiere one-man show at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival A Complete Waste of Time. It isn’t. He isn’t. And his aim doesn’t seem to be anything as trivial as what the title suggests. Chang tells a number of stories […]

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Post image for Music Review: CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD (Ford Amphitheatre)

BREAKING DOWN FENCES An American requiem, an oratorio, and a choral masterpiece elegantly and movingly performed, Considering Matthew Shepard, which closes tonight at the Ford Amphitheatre, is not to be missed. The full-length work — containing hymns, Western music, spirituals, and other Copeland-esque evocations of American compositions — certainly mourns and honors Shepard, the twenty-year-old […]

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Post image for Theater Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (After Hours Theatre Company in Burbank)

FLY TO THIS NEST Boy oh boy, if you like immersive theater, than check yourself into the madhouse over in Burbank. When the rebellious, charismatic and playful Randle McMurphy gets reassigned from penal labor on a prison farm to assessment as an asylum inmate, he gathers that the mental institution will be a more lenient […]

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Post image for Theater Review: AS WE BABBLE ON (East West Players)

SORRY TO BURST YOUR BABBLE In this unfortunate world premiere, the winsome cast begins with angry pessimistic post-millennial Benji (Will Choi), an Asian-American comic book artist whose boss — not seeing a need for the twentysomething’s Asian Superhero — has given a well-deserved promotion to a white dude instead. Benji wants to self-publish his character […]

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Post image for Off-Broadway Theater Review: EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF (Elevator Repair Service)

EVERYTHING’S FINE, BUT WHAT IF WE HAD ALSO BEEN AFRAID? Starting out as a parody of Edward Albee’s Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Kate Scelsa’s Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf is a whimsical and witty feminist attack on what the play views as the failings of male dramatists. An abundance of quips, clever remarks, and […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ (Steppenwolf)

BEAUTY AND BLOOD Guards at the Taj is, in the very best sense, unavoidable. To appreciate this grim and great drama by Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lake Effect), it helps to recall the facts that inspire it: The Taj Mahal means “Crown of the Palace,” but this magnificent marble mausoleum and its […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: 100 APRILS (Rogue Machine Theatre)

ONE ARMENIAN, ONE TURK, ONE ROOM – WHAT ARE THE ODDS? “Your blondness has not served you the way we had hoped,” says a woman to her daughter, as a husband and father is dying of heart failure in a hospital bed. The line perfectly captures the old world and the new in a loaded […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Music Theater Works in Evanston)

PIRATES STEALS YOUR HEART Music Theater Works just unleashed 140 minutes of undiluted ecstasy and hilarious nonsense, and the lucky location is Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. True to the topsy-turvy twists and turns of Victorian satire, this gem sounds great with Linda Madonia’s 26-piece orchestra, looks great with awesomely accurate costumes by Jana […]

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Post image for Dance Preview: LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE (Ford Amphitheatre)

LULA’S BACK IN TOWN The Ford Theatres presents Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) on Friday, June 8 at 8:30pm, as part of its IGNITE @ the FORD! series. For this joyous evening of dance, three renowned choreographers — Kyle Abraham (“Hallowed”), Rennie Harris (“Reign”) and David Roussève (“Enough”) — will have their work performed by […]

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Post image for Theater and TV Feature: GAME OF THRONES (From the Small Screen to the Big Curtain)

GAME OF THRONES — FROM THE SMALL SCREEN TO THE BIG CURTAIN Since HBO’s Game of Thrones hit our screens back in 2011, the show has gone on to become one of the most popular and best-loved series in television history. With the next and final season not scheduled to reach these shores until 2019, fans […]

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