Stephen Karam's "Speech & Debate" initially flirts with a host of hot-button topics from politicians' sexual misconduct to teachers touching students in their (to use the approved health ed…
Composer-lyricist Dolly Parton's theatrical debut, "9 to 5: The Musical," qualifies as what folks call "a fun show": rarely any less, but at this point rarely more.
The renovated Mark Taper Forum must await a more auspicious tenant than this flat, misconceived revival of John Guare's 1970 breakthrough "The House of Blue Leaves."
The Getty Villa's outdoor presentation of "Agamemnon," part one of the Oresteia trilogy, mightily meets the two main challenges of staging Aeschylus and his Greek brethren for a modern audience.
Beale Street -- that mile-long black enclave leading east from the Mississippi, fabled as a home of the blues and cradle of rock 'n' roll -- is the vibrant setting as "Memphis explores America's…
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.