Had Elle Woods grown up in 1960s Texas before her consciousness was raised, she'd fit right into the ensemble of "Vanities, A New Musical," now in tryout at the Pasadena Playhouse. Keying off Jack…
Part concert, part lecture/demo and part -- a small part -- dramatized play, Hershey Felder's "Beethoven, As I Knew Him" makes up in passion what it may lack in warmth.
Willy Russell's venerable intellectual comedy "Educating Rita," featuring an alcoholic poet manque and a sassy hairdresser hungry for learning, ought to be a duet for cello and flute. The Colony…
Irwin Shaw's ferocious 1936 antiwar allegory "Bury the Dead" is always relevant, alas. The spectacle of six casualties' refusal to go gently into a deep, anonymous trench never stops offering society…
Though Donald Margulies' 1991-92 "Sight Unseen" isn't a courtroom drama per se, it indicts, tries and convicts its celebrity protagonist in a real star chamber. The proceedings -- often incisive…
Garage Theater's "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" is overlong and inconsistently acted, but at its best it fills the stuffy air with remarkable theatrical artistry and the pulse of real life.
Setting "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in the American Wild West invests Shakespeare's thinnest, most weakly plotted comedy with pleasant heft.
To memorialize War Babies, West Coast improv and sketch mainstays of the '70s and '80s, members Renny Temple and Caryn Kaye have assembled seven likable youngsters in an obvious labor of love to…
West Coast Ensemble's solid revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's "Assassins" reinforces the value of scaling down a tuner usually staged on the lavish side.
The heavy canopy of predestined doom hangs over Bernard Weinraub's "The Accomplices" from its opening moments.
The demanding, widely underappreciated 1994 tuner "Parade" may be coming into its own. An acclaimed 2007 revival at London's Donmar Warehouse was scaled down in scope even as it ratcheted up the…