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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Anna in the Tropics’ lights a powder keg of passion by Margaret Gray

Nilo Cruz’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Anna in the Tropics,” is set in 1929 at a cigar factory in Florida, but the Anna of the title is Anna Karenina. Tolstoy’s adulteress ne…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review: In ‘Tigers Be Still’ in Anaheim, a millennial struggle to get off the couch by Margaret Gray

Kim Rosenstock, a writer for the Fox sitcom “New Girl,” launched her career with the play “Tigers Be Still,” first produced in New York in 2010. As Chance Theater’s regional premie…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

New in L.A. theater: ‘Anna in the Tropics,’ ‘Crime and Punishment’ by Margaret Gray

The Economist recently called disruptive innovation — an idea that changes a whole system — the most influential business theory of the early 21st century. Not to front, but theater peop…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Is there comedy in death? Playwright José Rivera on the dark twists of 'Nikki Corona' by Margaret Gray

Ask theater director Jo Bonney to describe playwright José Rivera’s new work — “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona,” a world premiere that begins previews Tuesday at the Gef…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ national tour brings new moves to a classic musical by Margaret Gray

Reviving a beloved musical can be a daunting proposition. Do you keep faith with tradition, or do you try something new? If you opt for a little of both, how much of each? It’s hard to fin…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

'Steel Magnolias' at Actors Co-op: A Southern recipe, served up with love by Margaret Gray

In the first scene of the play “Steel Magnolias,” Robert Harling’s 1987 love letter to small-town Southern women, two Louisiana friends share favorites from their recipe boxes. Cuppa C…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Family-friend theater: ‘Edward Tulane,’ ‘Root Beer Bandits’ and a Los Lobos soundtrack by Margaret Gray

If you can’t get out to see Southern California’s super bloom before tourists trample it flat, don’t despair: L.A. theater has its own spring fever, with productions celebrating love, …

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: The funny, irresistible magic of Latino Theater Company’s ‘The Mother of Henry’ by Margaret Gray

La Virgen de Guadalupe — an apparition of the Virgin Mary — is an icon of the Catholic faith, the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of Mexican independence venerated throughout the Ame…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

The 99-Seat Beat: Roller derby, ‘Glass Menagerie,’ Native Voices and a five-actor Hamlet by Margaret Gray

There are only so many seats in a theater, only so many performances in a run, and once the set is struck, a production won’t exist in exactly the same form again. How can we cope with the…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

The 99-Seat Beat: MLK, 'Miss America's Ugly Daughter' and the Lizzie Borden musical by Margaret Gray

William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past” — which rings particularly true in the theater, where plays remind us of lost joy, exorcise pesky ghosts, heal wo…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ hits the Pantages with goofy charm and a glorious Betty Buckley by Margaret Gray

The national tour of director Jerry Zaks’ exuberantly received revival of “Hello, Dolly!” has finally reached the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. And though it brings us neither Bette Midl…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The 99-Seat Beat: 'Driving Miss Daisy' with familiar TV faces, plus three tales of complicated love by Margaret Gray

The holidays are over, and we’ve gotten the memo: For the next 11 months, SUVs may not wear reindeer horns and people must coexist without eggnog. L.A. theaters have packed away the Dicken…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: So long, Scrooge. These holiday shows have a feminine point of view by Margaret Gray

Forget "The Nutcracker" and "Christmas Carol," at least for a minute. L.A.'s small theaters serve up a drag Tupperware queen, musical Jane Austen, Sandra Tsing Loh and an all-female "Julius …

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: Musical theater goes to the dogs in 'Mutt House,' and it's a lively romp by Margaret Gray

If you could communicate with dogs, what would you ask them? Having pondered this problem more than I should probably admit, I think my first question would be: “Why do you roll on dead wo…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: Antaeus Theatre's 'Three Days in the Country' is a witty, timely update of Turgenev by Margaret Gray

On a country estate in mid-19th century Russia, the aristocrats play cards, drink vodka, take snuff and philosophize, the servants do all the work, and everybody is imprisoned in a private h…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: Lost superheroes, a mother-daughter reunion, 'Cabaret' and more by Margaret Gray

This week at L.A.'s small theaters: New American's comedy "Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair…," Boston Court's family drama "Her Portmanteau," Celebration's take on "Cabaret" and Theatricum…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

With 'Sisters Rosensweig,' Wendy Wasserstein's women-centric storytelling returns to the limelight by Margaret Gray

There was a time, not too long ago, when it seemed like you could barely sit down in New York City without watching one of Wendy Wasserstein’s plays. The writer, who died in 2006 at only 5…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

'School of Rock': When Axl Rose meets Andrew Lloyd Webber by Margaret Gray

In one of the most entertaining numbers in the musical “School of Rock,” which opened Thursday at the Hollywood Pantages theater, a substitute teacher rallies his 10-year-old students to…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: 'Improvised Musical' at Second City, 'Kitteridge' writer's adoption drama by Margaret Gray

This week in L.A.'s small-theater scene: "Opening Night: The Improvised Musical" moves to the Second City, "Cardboard Piano" plays in Long Beach, "Olive Kitteridge" writer Jane Alexander's "…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

As Center Theatre Group turns 50, an artistic director plots the second act (Hint: Think Hollywood) by Margaret Gray

A beat-up 10-speed bicycle leans against the wall in Michael Ritchie’s office on the second floor of the Center Theatre Group’s annex building in downtown L.A. Befitting a theater compan…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: 'Mulatto Love Child,' 'Deathtrap' and more on L.A.'s intimate stages by Margaret Gray

This week in L.A.'s small theaters: Bellina Logan in "Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child," Claire Booth Luce's modern classic "The Women" in Burbank, Echo Theater Company's "What Happened W…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'Sell/Buy/Date,' an exploration of the sex industry, is a must-see one-woman marvel by Margaret Gray

The writer and actress Sarah Jones is gorgeous, about 8 feel tall (at least it seems that way) and rail thin, with a wide mane of hair. When she walks onstage at the Geffen Playhouse, where …

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: 'Bingo Hall,' 'Proof,' Pat Kinevane and women fighting back by Margaret Gray

This week's offerings on SoCal's smaller stages: "Bingo Hall" from the Native American theater company at the Autry, "3 Plays by Pat Kinevane" at the Odyssey, "The Madres" at Skylight and th…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Is this Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Unmasked' in a new memoir? Mmm, not quite by Margaret Gray

The composer has some dishy tidbits to share in his new autobiography, but in matters such as his falling out with lyricist Tim Rice, Webber pulls back. What the man behind "Phantom," "Cats,…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: A women's showcase, 'Henry V' and another serving of 'The Cake' by Margaret Gray

This week's theater picks: "The City of Conversation," examining the right-left divide in American politics; Shakespeare's "Henry V"; "The Cake," about religious divides and family bonds; an…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

The 99-Seat Beat: Aaron Posner, Anna Ziegler and the return of Tim Dang by Margaret Gray

This week in L.A.'s small-theater scene: Rising playwright Anna Ziegler's "A Delicate Ship" at the Road on Magnolia, Aaron Posner's "The Chosen" at the Fountain, "The Last Wife" at Theatre 4…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kelsey Grammer and Christine Ebersole take the L.A. Opera stage for 'Candide' by Margaret Gray

The line between real life and entertainment can seem increasingly blurry these days, especially for those in Tinseltown who find themselves in traffic alongside the celebrities whose charac…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cornerstone Theatre's nine-play cycle on hunger in America finds its inspiration in Mozart by Margaret Gray

Mozart’s final opera, “The Magic Flute,” is not only one of the most frequently revived and crowd-pleasing of his works, but also possibly the most difficult to summarize. Prince Tamin…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The 99-Seat Beat: Danny Glover, 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' and a multimedia 'Macbeth' by Margaret Gray

Our weekly picks for L.A.'s small-theater scene include Antaeus' "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Danny Glover in East West Players' "Yohen," the Odyssey's "Macbeth x 5" and "Encuentro de las Ame…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

In 'Cagney' the musical, Hollywood's tough guy tap dances by Margaret Gray

James Cagney is remembered best for playing tough-talking gangsters in Warner Bros. movies in the 1930s and ’40s, which, according to “Cagney,” a loving and cartoonish small-scale bio-…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Nightmare on 'Kaidan' street: Immersive theater project mines Japanese folk tales for weird spooks by Margaret Gray

It’s part haunted house, part art installation, part performance-art piece: The Rogue Artist Ensemble and East West Players’ immersive “Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin” unfolds in an…

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