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Monday, October 5, 2015

Protected: Black Piet. Old Man Stereotypes Just Keep Rollin’ Along… by Steven Leigh Morris

by STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS How do we talk about offensive racial stereotypes without smarming each other with accusations of bigotry — blatant or latent? This isn’t a “diversity” dis…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Classical Gas. A Road Trip to San Francisco & A Vision for What’s Possible by Steven Leigh Morris

"Most audiences and critics want to be moved, knocked out. That is a sign of their illness, blindness, need to remain children. Most audiences want a perceivable, nameable content...that the…

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Monday, August 3, 2015

On the Purity of Voices: The Difference Between Sound and Noise by Steven Leigh Morris

by STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS been rifling through my late mother’s house lately, preparing it for sale in accordance with her will. I’m one of two successor trustees. My sister is the othe…

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Friday, July 3, 2015

War and Peace. Rebecca Metz, on Actors’ Equity Association and Its Plan for L.A. by Steven Leigh Morris

What now? A conversation between Steven Leigh Morris and Rebecca Metz on the next steps for 99-seat theatre.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Potholes on the Bike Path. Our Theater’s Latest Challenge: The Labor Union by Steven Leigh Morris

Sometimes, on a bicycle, in order to better understand where you’re going, you have to look backwards.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Classical Gas: Reviews of our Most Important Plays by College Students by Steven Leigh Morris

Steven Leigh Morris, who teaches a world theater class in San Bernardino, quotes from some of the students' disparate reactions to classic plays (which were read and/or seen on film).

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Bob Baker's Holiday Puppet Show for Kids by Steven Leigh Morris

For all the latest new theater reviews and stage listings, see below. Our list of the top 10 plays in 2013 is this week's theater feature. This is the last posting of Stage Raw at this loc…

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in a Terrific Alladin by Steven Leigh Morris

A "beguiling interactive adaptation" of the Alladin story is this week's Pick of the Week. It features with Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen, among others. Warm feelings also for the just-closed…

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week: Bette Midler Plays a Legendary Hollywood Agent by Steven Leigh Morris

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht find themselves on the Santa Monica Pier for Paul Sand's Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel -- a cabaret that critic Paul Birchall describes as a "tour de force…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Into the Woods by Steven Leigh Morris

Steven Leigh Morris, beginning a monthly column at LA STAGE Times, emphasizes the importance of retaining professional critics during the Yelp era.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week: A Christmas Carol That Crawls Inside Scrooge's Head by Steven Leigh Morris

A Christmas Carol at Sierra Madre Playhouse crawls inside the head of Scrooge, and nabs this week's Pick of the Week. Our critics also liked a "turbo-charged" A Christmas Carol at Zombie Joe…

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Magic Horror Show by Steven Leigh Morris

A spooky, horror magic show, Todd Robbins' and Teller's Play Dead at Geffen Playhouse, is this week's Pick. A good review also for In the Heights presented by Teatro Nuevo Horizontes and Cas…

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Elvis's Toenail by Steven Leigh Morris

Fionnuala Kenny's Elvis's Toenail takes us back to 1961 Dublin. Critic Neal Weaver found himself entranced by the classical strain between people and church. The production at Burbank's Sidw…

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Charles Dickens Meeting Lewis Carroll by Steven Leigh Morris

Lewis Carroll meets Charles Dickens in Daniel Rover Singer's play on the literati at South Pasadena's Fremont Centre Theatre, called A Perfect Likeness. Our critic Deborah Klugman enjoyed it…

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Play About a Teacher Versus a Parent by Steven Leigh Morris

An intense one-act about a showdown between a schoolteacher and a parent, Gidion's Knot, presented by Furious Theatre Company at the Pasadena Playhouse's Carrie Hamilton Theatre, is this wee…

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Disturbing Tale of Freed Slaves in Oklahoma by Steven Leigh Morris

Marcus Gardley's epic tale of freed slaves in Oklahoma, the road weeps, the trail runs dry at LATC, nabs this week's Pick of the Week. Our critics also felt warmly for Beckett's Endgame at P…

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Cirque du Soleil's Totem by Steven Leigh Morris

Our critics enjoyed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Actors Co-op, Awake and Sing at Group Repertory Theatre and Cirque du Soleil's Totem. This week's Pick of the Week goes to David Grieg's adapta…

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week: Veterans Starring in a Vietnam War Play by Steven Leigh Morris

Writer-director John DiFusco's revival of his Vietnam drama Tracers impressed Paul Birchall enough to earn it this week's Pick. For all new reviews and stage listings, see below Breaking up…

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including the 'Elliptical Comedy' Kin by Steven Leigh Morris

Bathsheba Doran's "elliptical comedy about those who save us and those who don't" drew praises from Jenny Lower, and is is this week's Pick. For all the latest new theater reviews, and theat…

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including HIV Activism Classic The Normal Heart by Steven Leigh Morris

A ten-year anniversary revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart snagged this week's Pick by Neal Weaver, thanks in large part to the power of Simon Levy's staging. Pauline Adamek enjoyed L…

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Philip K. Dick Novel Onstage by Steven Leigh Morris

This was a week marked by enthusiasm by our various critics: Bill Raden praised Sacred Fools' production of Edward Einhorn's 2010 adaptation of Philip K. Dick sci-fi book Do Androids Dream o…

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including an All-Female Hamlet by Steven Leigh Morris

No Pick this week, but a nod from Neal Weaver for the family comedy-drama The Bells of West 87th at Greenway Arts Alliance. See below for all the latest new theater reviews and stage li…

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Theater to See This Week, Including John Henry Redwood's Trip Back to 1943 Harlem by Steven Leigh Morris

 John Henry Redwood's throwback comedy-drama about a family in 1943 Harlem, The Old Settler at Pico Playhouse, is this week's Pick. Writes Lovell Estell III, "The story of a May-D…

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Tim Robbins Directing A Midsummer Night's Dream by Steven Leigh Morris

Faeries and shadows and mortals being fools grab this week's Pick -- yes, another Midsummer Night's Dream, but the Actors Gang version is unusually fine, says critic Deborah Klugman. Also go…

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Tom Sawyer Adaptation by Steven Leigh Morris

Tom Sawyer coming of age, and all that represents about America, is depicted in an entertaining stage adaptation at Sierra Madre Playhouse -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- that's this week…

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Theater to See This Week, Including Sapphic Garbo and Dietrich by Steven Leigh Morris

Odalys Nanin's speculative drama Garbo's Cuban Lover concerns a certain coziness between Greta Garbo and 1930s poet, playwright and novelist Mercedes de Acosta, who was also cozy with M…

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Oscar Wilde Outdoors by Steven Leigh Morris

Chalk Repertory -- known for its site-specific works -- brings Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan from the drawing room to the out of doors in this week's Pick. Our critics also particularl…

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Solo Show About Polka. Yes, Polka by Steven Leigh Morris

Lynnmarie Rink's one-woman (not counting her band) show about her life as a polka star is this week's pick of the week. It's called Wrap Your Heart Around It, and it's being performed at the…

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including an Unlikely Oscar Winner by Steven Leigh Morris

Henry Ong's new play Sweet Karma, based on the life of a Khmer Rouge survivor and his tragic death on the streets of L.A., is being performed at Burbank's Grove Theatre Center, and is this w…

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Stunning Play With a Very Long Title by Steven Leigh Morris

A play within a rehearsal by Jackie Siblies Drury, about self-indulgent actors and atrocities in Africa, is our pick of the week. For all the latest new theater reviews, including more Holly…

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Theater to See in L.A. This Week: Our Hollywood Fringe Preview by Steven Leigh Morris

It's Fringe, Fringe and more Fringe festival coverage this week in new theater reviews (see below) and this week's theater feature. There will be a bit more Fringe coverage next week, but w.…

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