Post image for Chicago Theater Review: BENT (The Other Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre)

A DELIVERANCE IN DACHAU Even in the Holocaust’s democracy of death each victim could only die once. But some seem to have died a bit less than others. Remembering the unnumbered thousands of homosexuals killed by Nazi hate more than the six million Jews slaughtered, Martin Sherman’s still-stirring 1979 drama sums up many losses in […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Preview: LIONEL BRINGUIER CONDUCTS THE LA PHIL (Hollywood Bowl)

THE PYROTECHNICS AFTER THE FOURTH OF JULY As if the blazing heat wave last week wasn’t enough of an indication that summer is upon us, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is opening the first week of its classical season at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s still tough to beat the communal experience of sitting under the stars […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Goodman Theatre)

UNQUIET DESPERATION IN BUCKS COUNTY He’s no longer an angry young playwright and gay avenger, the bad-boy Jeremiah who unleashed scorched-earth provocations (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and Beyond Therapy). The sexagenarian Christopher Durang has momentously mellowed. A take-no-prisoners satirist has softened into a surprisingly kind-hearted and compassionate chronicler of foibles. As […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: BEST OF ALBUQUERQUE FRINGE 2025 (Hollywood Fringe Festival)

THE WORST OF THE BEST Let me say that I have no idea what I just saw. Clearly, some very clever folk have come up with the very clever idea to spoof a Fringe Festival, which Fringe Festivals certainly deserve. Two very silly and rarely believable hosts, played by Jacob Smith and Lauren Flans (the […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Review: BIG BAND SWING! (Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS in Arcadia)

IT’S VERY CLEAR, FEINSTEIN IS HERE TO STAY No one can argue that Michael Feinstein has singlehandedly reinvigorated the American Songbook for the 21st century, but this beguiling raconteur is also a consummate showman who is so knowledgeable and adorable that you may just want to pinch his cheeks. This is why he is a […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: MAX AND ELSA: NO MUSIC. NO CHILDREN. (Hollywood Fringe Festival)

THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MAX AND ELSA Greetings my lovelies! Garrulous Greta here with some glorious news. You may remember not long ago I received a letter from a fan of The Sound of Music (and who isn’t in love with that glorious 1965 film?—and if you aren’t we don’t […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: KINKY NEON ROCKER (Hollywood Fringe Festival)

THESE, OUR PLAYWRIGHTS Kinky Neon Rocker is one of those rally-round-the-flag excuses theater people use to put on shows: A beautiful old curved-wood rocking chair, painted in day-glo motley, features six times in six skits. Although six members of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) wrote a skit each, the writing is fairly consistent, […]

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Post image for Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: ADA/AVA (3LD Art & Technology Center)

SHADOW (OF A) PLAY Visually striking and radiating love and sincerity, Manual Cinema’s shadow-puppet show Ada/Ava, which attempts to explore septuagenarian Ada’s inner turmoil  after the death of her twin sister Ava, leaves one emotionally unsatisfied; for all of the production’s lovely elements the story is dull, the show boring. Ada (Julia Miller) and Ava […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: MOBY DICK (Lookingglass Theatre Company)

A LEVIATHAN BEACHES ON MICHIGAN AVENUE Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s whale of a tale (or tale of a whale) from 1851, is as unsinkable as its title cetacean. It’s never been more so than in Lookingglass Theatre Company’s summer sensation staged and adapted by David Catlin. In little less than three hours the enthralling panoply […]

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Post image for San Diego Theater Preview: TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL (The Old Globe)

TWELFTH NIGHT LANDS AT THE OLD GLOBE A comedy’s brewing up in the rehearsal rooms of The Old Globe. Soon, winds will whip, distressed voices will call out and a ship’s timbers will be shivering, cracking, and smashing against a coastline—all in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre of course. Two castaways—the lady Viola and the […]

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