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.
Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone" is an idiosyncratic work so indifferent to conventional norms that it will irk as many viewers as it captivates.
Evangelism and investigative journalism share a passion to open other people's eyes to "the truth." As such, "This Beautiful City" impresses as a work of religious inquiry and engaged reportage…
Attending South Coast Rep's world premiere of "An Italian Straw Hat: A Vaudeville" is like stepping into a time machine -- not back to the boulevard comedy's turn of the century setting but to the…
Itamar Moses rifles baseball's lockers for drugs and thematic resonance in "Back Back Back," a play whose nine scenes or "innings" (with a stretch in the seventh) merit some of the charges often…