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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Review - Blues: Life's Way of Talking

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Review - Blues: Life's Way of Talking Set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, Wilson's play gives us a glimpse into how African-Americans of the era lived and thought by introducing us to Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, and the members of her blues band, each a unique black musician

Review of Verdi's Macbeth at LA Opera: Spellbinding!

Review of Verdi's Macbeth at LA Opera: Spellbinding! Witches and demons dominate the landscape in Verdi's Macbeth at LA Opera - it seems to say, "Don't go to fortune-tellers!"

Moral Imperative Review - The Philosophy of Murder

Moral Imperative Review - The Philosophy of Murder When University professor and Provost Seth and his former student, current colleague, and close friend Robert decide that they must get rid of new President Oscar "for the greater good," plans to speed up Oscar's exit from this world begin to unfold

A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story Review - Three Tales in One

A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story Review - Three Tales in One A story about the Morales family spanning three generations, A MEXICAN TRILOGY tells the tale of a Mexican couple who come to the US and must learn to adapt - and also about their children and their grandchildren, who have feet in two worlds

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review - A Feast for the Eyes and Ears

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review - A Feast for the Eyes and Ears Based on Hugo's novel with songs from the Disney film, this production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is a brilliantly-produced musical starring a deaf actor as the deaf hunchback, an awesome stage, beautiful costumes, and magnificent music and dance

Our Town Review - The Dowager Gets a Facelift!

Our Town Review - The Dowager Gets a Facelift! Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, is a small town, an ordinary town filled with a couple of thousand ordinary people - yet Pulitzer Prize winner Thornton Wilder weaves a moving and timeless story which transcends simplicity and approaches the sublime

A View from the Bridge Review - Arthur Miller for Millennials

A View from the Bridge Review - Arthur Miller for Millennials Longshoreman Eddie has a big problem when his orphaned niece - who has lived with him and his wife since she was 12 years old and for whom he harbors a forbidden passion - falls in love with illegal immigrant Rodolpho, recently arrived from Italy

“Mutual Philanthropy” Director Dan Bonnell Interview – Navigating the American Dream for Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

“Mutual Philanthropy” Director Dan Bonnell Interview – Navigating the American Dream for Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA Temptation and seduction, by the American Dream, proves to be both humorous and hazardous between friends when wealth divides. It’s the elephant in the room that nobody talks about

Calendar Girls Review - All Together in the All-Together

Calendar Girls Review - All Together in the All-Together When Annie's husband dies from cancer, her best friend Chris hopes to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in his name by convincing the conservative, middle-aged ladies of her Yorkshire village to pose nude for a calendar

Charm Review - A Work Forever in Progress

Charm Review - A Work Forever in Progress An African-American transgender woman, Mama Darleena shares her views about proper behavior under all circumstances with a homeless youth group in an LGBTQ shelter who are still struggling with sexual, racial, and gender issues

Drama Queens from Hell Review - "Sunset Boulevard" with a Twist

Drama Queens from Hell Review - "Sunset Boulevard" with a Twist In a satirical farce, fledgling Hollywood mogul Gerard Manville decides to remake "Sunset Boulevard;" and three fierce competitors vie for the lead role, including a washed-up TV actress, a black movie bit player, and a pre-op transgender woman

Versa-Style Dance Company - Insights by Co-Directors Lopez and Foaad

Versa-Style Dance Company - Insights by Co-Directors Lopez and Foaad Co-directors Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad shared their insights about the Versa-Style Dance Company - specializing in hip-hop dancing - which they co-founded in 2005 and which will perform at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood on September 17, 2016

Titus Andronicus Review - Violence and Revenge

Titus Andronicus Review - Violence and Revenge Shakespeare's classic tale of retribution recounts the downfall of Titus Andronicus, initially revered by his people, after he fails to show compassion for a mother's pleas for her son's life; when she becomes the wife of his leader, revenge follows

Dutch Masters Review - An Unexpected Thriller

Dutch Masters Review - An Unexpected Thriller Two young strangers meet on a New York subway - African American Eric and Caucasian Steve - and racial tensions quickly escalate as Steve tries desperately to ignore, avoid, and finally escape from Eric in this brilliant must-see production

My Girlfriend is an Alien Review - Metaphorically Speaking

My Girlfriend is an Alien Review - Metaphorically Speaking The question of risk in relationships is deftly and humorously portrayed as fictional playwright Keith DeFacto must decide whether to remain a perpetual outsider or dive headfirst into the choppy seas of love - with a girlfriend who might be an alien

“Dutch Masters” Director Guillermo Cienfuegos Interview – Thrilling, Frightening Ride to The Bronx One Summer Afternoon

“Dutch Masters” Director Guillermo Cienfuegos Interview – Thrilling, Frightening Ride to The Bronx One Summer Afternoon The play is essentially one highly charged extended scene between two people, with dozens of difficult transitions and complicated subtexts and agendas

"Parallel Lives" at Falcon Theatre Review – Hilarious, Thought Provoking Sketches

"Parallel Lives" at Falcon Theatre Review – Hilarious, Thought Provoking Sketches The show is a series of vignettes, resembling Saturday Night Live—thought provoking, focused and intelligent, and some scenes are funnier than others, with many laugh-out-loud moments

Baby Doll Review - Sex, Sensuality, and Sin in the South

Baby Doll Review - Sex, Sensuality, and Sin in the South A 19-year-old virgin bride who must consummate her marriage in two days in exchange for a promised comfortable life, Baby Doll finds herself both player and pawn in the struggle between her middle-aged husband and his young, virile immigrant rival

Mutual Philanthropy Review - Is There Equality in Real Life?

Mutual Philanthropy Review - Is There Equality in Real Life? A study of what happens when two LA couples, a wealthy investment banker, his socialite wife, and a struggling Hispanic pair - who have nothing in common except for two children who go to the same school - meet for dinner, fun, and mind games

Next to Normal Review - A Musical with a Message

Next to Normal Review - A Musical with a Message How does an average family adapt to chronic mental illness when mom's unpredictable bipolar moods shoot up and crash down - while her reliable but frustrated husband and her teenaged daughter try to maintain some sort of equilibrium in the home?

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