A unique blend of 19th century social repression and 21st century rock expression continues to work its alchemy in L.A.'s first look at long-running, multiple Tony-winning tuner "Spring Awakening."…
The standard thinking in entertainment is that tough times tend to fuel the public's appetite for pure escapism. But as "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" becomes the anthem of economic anxiety, will…
Resembles a Christopher Durang farce with a social consciousness. Such dicey material requires precise treatment, which it fails to receive in the Furious Theater Company's West Coast premiere…
Like an old-time mellerdrammer, South Coast Rep's "The Heiress" covets -- and receives -- curtain-call cheers for the heroine and boos for the dastards that done her wrong.
Poor Linda Lovelace's unique saga -- '70s sexual-excess poster-child turned living witness for the antiporn backlash -- is told with dogged literalness in the through-sung "Lovelace a Rock Opera,"…
Often imitated but never equaled, Eppie Lederer's Ann Landers graced America's breakfast tables for almost a half century (1955-2002) with Midwestern folk wisdom and amusingly salty advice, along the…
L.A. did not host the entirety of "DruidSynge" -- J.M. Synge's six completed plays staged by Ireland's Druid Theater Company in one 8½ hour swoop -- during its 2005-2006 world tour.
August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean" is a surefire crowdpleaser in the right hands, such as those of the Fountain Theater, which has produced a vigorous revival.
Seventy-five years ago, critics scoffed but audiences cheered to the sleazily hilarious adventures of the shiftless no-accounts living along Erskine Caldwell's Georgia backwoods "Tobacco Road."
While many megatuners reveal unanticipated strengths when given an intimate staging, Havok Theater Company's 99-seat revival only accentuates the overblown crassness of 1993's "Kiss of the Spider…
Widely and unjustly dismissed as a self-hating misogynist screed, Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 "The Women" has found a director who prizes women and appreciates the play's specific satirical aims.