Bob Verini

Review: ‘The Wiz’

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To call the La Jolla Playhouse production of "The Wiz" a mere revival is to understate the accomplishment of helmer Des McAnuff and his production team. They have rethought, rescaled and reshaped an…

Review: ‘Pig Farm’

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Playwright Greg Kotis has a keen ear for genre cliches. His "Urinetown" libretto hoists the socially conscious musical on its own pretentious petard, while his new farce is built on the laconic…

Review: ‘Doubt’

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John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" continues to cast a devastating spell as it makes its first stop on a multicity tour at the Ahmanson. Directed by original helmer Doug Hughes with three Broadway…

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Review: ‘Urinetown’

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Some big Broadway shows, good as they are, improve with shrinkage. Case in point: "Sweeney Todd." As "Sweeney" got teeny, first under helmer Susan H. Schulman and later under John Doyle, its themes…

Review: ‘Rabbit Hole’

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David Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole" is a play tailor-made for people who, as a rule, don't care for plays -- who find the theater too rarefied, artificial or remote from their everyday existence…

Review: ‘Nighthawks’

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Donna Marquet's setting looks right, but everything else goes wrong in Douglas Steinberg's clumsy dramatization of Edward Hopper's 1942 painting "Nighthawks." Some see despair, others menace in…

Review: ‘Fences’

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Time has enhanced the luster of "Fences." Dozens of dysfunctional-family dramas have come and gone since its 1987 Pulitzer win, but August Wilson's tragedy of a working man at war with his family and…

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