Articles by Alex Weaver

Pray to Ball - An American Artistic Narrative Gains an Islamic Voice

Pray to Ball - An American Artistic Narrative Gains an Islamic Voice As a young American born Orthodox Muslim, Amir Abdullah noticed a virtual absence of Islam in the American artistic narrative. He set out to change that with this new play.

Waiting For Johnny Depp - A New Musical with Heart

Waiting For Johnny Depp - A New Musical with Heart Join Rita Donatella as she takes the audience (quite willingly) along with her on her quest to land the role of a lifetime in a Johnny Depp film... What will she do for her art? Anything? What about career, dating, and family?

The Twilight of Schlomo Review - World Premiere at The Elephant Space

The Twilight of Schlomo Review - World Premiere at The Elephant Space A former not-quite-successful stand-up comic, Richard uses weed, blow, and acidic humor as armor, wrestling with his own personal truths and discovering who he still wants to be

Waiting for Johnny Depp - Hilarious, Heartwarming New Musical

Waiting for Johnny Depp - Hilarious, Heartwarming New Musical WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP takes us on a wild ride with New York actress Rita Donatella, in her quest to land the role of a lifetime in a Johnny Depp film. It's an outrageous tale of adventures in the entertainment industry

WHAT WE DON’T SAY - Hollywood Men Come Together

WHAT WE DON’T SAY - Hollywood Men Come Together An unflinchingly honest look into how men process finding their true love, keeping the marriage sparks alive, dealing with divorce, keeping the love alive beyond death, and struggling to conceive a child.

Night & Dave - Limited Engagement

Night & Dave - Limited Engagement Night & Dave is a funny and touching one-man tour de force that chronicles Trudell’s evolution from being marked as different in kindergarten to taking ownership of his identity in the midst of turbulence and hilariousness

Suburban Showgirl - Limited Engagement

Suburban Showgirl - Limited Engagement Suburban Showgirl is an inspirational one-woman tour de force written by and starring Palmer Davis about “Wendy Walker” — wife, mother of two, and professional dancer — whose life is not turning out quite the way she had hoped

FALLING - Thriving at Rogue Machine

FALLING - Thriving at Rogue Machine FALLING is really about loving someone who's hard to love. And that's a universal thing; we all have that in our families somewhere. It might be us!

Tender Napalm - The West Coast Premiere Returns

Tender Napalm - The West Coast Premiere Returns Two young lovers struggle to reconcile their relationship in the face of disaster. As their individual coping mechanisms trigger each other’s despair, the young couple lives out the play in a series of wild fantasies

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite - Los Angeles Premiere

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite - Los Angeles Premiere Six strange tales of monsters, mayhem, and cosmic horrors brought to life through storytelling, puppetry, and shadow play. All text is taken directly from the short fiction, essays, and poetry of the godfather of modern horror, H.P. Lovecraft

Waiting for Godot - Extended Run at the New Stella Adler Lab Theater

Waiting for Godot - Extended Run at the New Stella Adler Lab Theater The Stella Adler Academy has formed a new theatre within the Stella Adler Academy. The Stella Lab Theater made its debut with the critically acclaimed production Waiting for Godot, now extended through October 20th

The Dream of the Burning Boy - West Coast Premiere at Malibu Playhouse

The Dream of the Burning Boy - West Coast Premiere at Malibu Playhouse Dane, a popular high school student, dies unexpectedly after a conference with his English teacher, Larry. The resulting emotionally-charged encounters reveals how choices in life can lead to missed opportunities.

Resurrection of the Ants Review - When Reality Bites

Resurrection of the Ants Review - When Reality Bites Making its Los Angeles debut, award-winning director Gary Wolf brings us Resurrection of the Ants, written by and starring Paul Fontana who—thankfully for us—has a white knuckle grasp on reality and writing talent.

LADYHOUSE BLUES - Celebrating Women's History Month

LADYHOUSE BLUES - Celebrating Women's History Month Since the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day has grown to become an official holiday in much of the world. In the United States, March is “Women’s History Month.” LADYHOUSE BLUES celebrates women during “Women’s History Month”

Paradise - A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy REVIEW

Paradise - A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy REVIEW Paradise at The Ruskin Theatre is a musical comedy - with fiddles and banjos and foot stompin’ and guys with bushy beards. It’s campy, it’s kooky, and it’s sometimes cringe-worthy - but only in that really good way

Paradise - A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy REVIEW

Paradise - A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy REVIEW Paradise at The Ruskin Theatre is a musical comedy - with fiddles and banjos and foot stompin’ and guys with bushy beards. It’s campy, it’s kooky, and it’s sometimes cringe-worthy - but only in that really good way

The Grand Irrationality REVIEW – Love, Lust, and the Cosmos

The Grand Irrationality REVIEW – Love, Lust, and the Cosmos World Premiere. See central character Guy Proud as he navigates his way through a plethora of dysfunctional social relationships while reckoning with his own philosophical significance. A new British Comedy

Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin Review - Get It While You Can

Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin Review - Get It While You Can This is an absolute must-see. That’s all you need to know. If you love Janis Joplin and real rock and roll, this is a must-see. If you love American 20th century history or gender politics or simply a unique evening out, this is a must-see.

A Bright New Boise - Hell, Yes!

A Bright New Boise - Hell, Yes! You don’t have to be religious or opinionated or even from Idaho to enjoy the West Coast Premiere of A Bright New Boise, the final production this season on the main stage at Rogue Machine.

I Am Chrissie (Review) - From Both Sides Now

I Am Chrissie (Review) - From Both Sides Now You’ve got to be pretty brave to run a theatre workshop in a mental health facility. But that’s exactly what Laurie O’Brien did in actual real life, and then she wrote about it, and now she’s starring in a one-woman show about the experience

Beautified - Did you do something different with your hair?

Beautified - Did you do something different with your hair? We all have our confessors in life... They’re not therapists, but they sure get the brunt of your life’s icky stuff—and we salute them

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 and Over - Run, Don't Walk

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 and Over - Run, Don't Walk The first thing you should do is make sure you can get in to see Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 and Over. Tickets can be easily had by visiting matrixtheatre.com, inkwelltheater.com, or calling 323.852.1446. Click click, ring ring. Get to it

Bhutan Review - Gross National Happiness

Bhutan Review - Gross National Happiness Imagine being the only smart, achievement-oriented member of a New Hampshire, barely-middle-class family that is content to drink beer and read tabloid magazines at the kitchen table. A lot of places would look better than where you are

Hermetically Sealed Review - How do you like your eggs?

Hermetically Sealed Review - How do you like your eggs? Will the May family take a helping hand or shut the door and gorge on their just desserts? You’ve just got to see this play

Durang Durang - A Christopher Durang Double Feature review

Durang Durang - A Christopher Durang Double Feature review If you don’t know Christopher Durang, you should familiarize yourself soon, and once you learn about those fancy Harvard and Yale degrees in his background, feel free to genuflect

Bah, Humbug - The Hunter Davis Christmas Special review

Bah, Humbug - The Hunter Davis Christmas Special review Hunter Davis doesn’t much care for Christmas and neither do I, so we were already off to a jolly good start with The Hunter Davis Christmas Special

In Bed with Tenn: A Collection of One Acts REVIEW - One Hundred

In Bed with Tenn: A Collection of One Acts REVIEW - One Hundred Six one act Williams plays — some familiar and some rarely performed — knitted together in an evening’s theme with new material in the form of Tennessee Williams himself waxing poetic on his own creations and mysterious death)

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