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…
In her new play at the Kirk Douglas, Tanya Barfield isn't content merely to catalog the racism and hypocrisy of Woodrow Wilson's second term (1917-1921). She's determined to underline every possible…
The only thing missing from "Debbie Reynolds: An Evening of Music and Comedy," the star's engaging "little visit with friends" at the El Portal, is any hint of the emotional toll of her…
Returning to the Ahmanson, the venue whence it departed for its Broadway odyssey (20 months, 674 perfs, five Tonys), "The Drowsy Chaperone" has lost none of its joie de vivre.
The spectacle of the Diva in extremis -- from Margo Channing and Maria Callas to Kate Hepburn -- promises outrageous fun while threatening to veer into crude cliche. Both are abundantly present in…
The Old Globe's lovely but empty "Romeo and Juliet" plays the first half as a blithe Italian Renaissance romantic comedy, until an inadvertent misstep suddenly plunges all concerned into chiaroscuro…