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…
Some of the shortcomings in the famously problematic "All's Well That Ends Well" -- with its pushy heroine, caddish hero and nasty bed-trick leading to forced marriage -- are addressed in this Old…
Review: ‘Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)’
With the cast, helmer and designers of its 2007 South Coast Rep premiere still aboard, Donald Margulies' "Shipwrecked!" offers Geffen Playhouse audiences more of just about everything -- more lights…
Performing the evidently autobiographical "The Artist at 40" to kick off John Bucchino's catalog revue "It's Only Life," Jamison Stern complains he's "so busy making art / That there's no time to…
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