Articles by Alex Weaver

"The Eccentricities of a Nightingale" by Tennessee Wiiliams – Dana Jackson Directs a Classic

"The Eccentricities of a Nightingale" by Tennessee Wiiliams – Dana Jackson Directs a Classic Pacific Resident Theatre presents works of the highest quality and are best known for their exquisite offerings of plays that are not often produced. Their fresh take on The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams opens tonight

Blood from a Stone - West Coast Premiere of Caustic Hit Drama

Blood from a Stone - West Coast Premiere of Caustic Hit Drama Can you get blood from a stone? Sure. As Travis visits his family before moving West to "start over," we find that his "family is a life sentence... shot through with darkly funny observations and exposed nerves" (per the Hollywood Reporter)

The Story of Alice - Is It Only a Dream?

The Story of Alice - Is It Only a Dream? The classic tale "Alice in Wonderland" receives a modern, musical update in the world premiere of "The Story of Alice" (directed by Gary Reed, book and lyrics by Michael Cormier, music by Scott Hiltzik) at The Matrix Theatre here in Los Angeles

Fishers of Men Review - Conviction

Fishers of Men Review - Conviction Fishers of Men takes place on the last night on Earth of Simon Peter—fisherman, first apostle of Jesus, Saint, historically named as the First Pope. Simon Peter is incarcerated and we spend a few last hours with him and his doomed cell mates

"Zulu Time" Review - Conflict, Emotion, Testosterone

"Zulu Time" Review - Conflict, Emotion, Testosterone Written by former Navy pilot Chuck Faerber, Zulu Time is an insider’s story about men, machines, race, rank, war, sexuality, and longing aboard ship during training exercises just off the coast of Los Angeles, the smoke from the Watts riots in view

Who Killed Comrade Rabbit? - World Premiere directed by Barbara Bain

Who Killed Comrade Rabbit? - World Premiere directed by Barbara Bain 1937 Moscow... Heavy drinker Alexander Mushkin, playing Comrade Rabbit in a children's show, is suddenly summoned “to give testimony at Secret Police headquarters regarding subversive activities at the Moscow Art Theatre...” What to do?

I AM Already Well - Off the Couch and onto the Stage

I AM Already Well - Off the Couch and onto the Stage "Off the Couch and onto the Stage" - Clinical Psychologist Dr. Denee Jordan takes her Real-Life Therapeutic Approach to the Stage - Extended run at the Hudson Theatre

Zulu Time - Testosterone + Jet Aviation Fuel = A Lethal Mix

Zulu Time - Testosterone + Jet Aviation Fuel = A Lethal Mix A Navy pilot’s refusal to apologize for voicing an urge to bomb the Watts rioters threatens to ignite mutiny on a warship headed for Vietnam, awakening ghosts from past battles. Testosterone and jet aviation fuel can be a lethal mix

Elephant On The Move - Departing The Lillian

Elephant On The Move - Departing The Lillian The Elephant Theatre Company is producing its last production at the infamous Lillian Theatre in Theatre Row Hollywood. After The Great Divide closes on August 29th, The Lillian Theater will close its doors

August: Osage County - A Family Affair at Theatricum

August: Osage County - A Family Affair at Theatricum A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. A maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets that is simultaneously hilarious and tragic

To Kill a Mockingbird - Theatricum Americana

To Kill a Mockingbird - Theatricum Americana A poignant look at justice and the human spirit as told through the eyes of a young girl, Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird continues this summer’s “Americana” season at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

To Kill a Mockingbird - Theatricum Americana

To Kill a Mockingbird - Theatricum Americana A poignant look at justice and the human spirit as told through the eyes of a young girl, Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, continues this summer’s “Americana” season at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Theatricum's Signature Production Returns

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Theatricum's Signature Production Returns Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic & romance where comical misunderstandings & the pain of unrequited love are resolved & all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries & the enduring power of nature. At Theatricum Botanicum this summer

As You Like It – In the Post-Civil War South

As You Like It – In the Post-Civil War South Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its 2015 “Americana” season with an all-American staging of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, set in the post-Civil War era. It features traditional period American folk music and dance

As You Like It – In the Post-Civil War South

As You Like It – In the Post-Civil War South Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its 2015 “Americana” season with an all-American staging of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, set in the post-Civil War sOUTH era and featuring traditional American folk music and dance from that period

As You Like It – In the Post-Civil War South

As You Like It – In the Post-Civil War South Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its 2015 “Americana” season with an all-American staging of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, set in the post-Civil War sOUTH era and featuring traditional American folk music and dance from that period

I See You Made an Effort Review - From the Edge of 50, Life Looks Pretty Funny

I See You Made an Effort Review - From the Edge of 50, Life Looks Pretty Funny Is it possible to enjoy just one night off from the horrible and sometimes hilarious indignities that are visited upon a woman of a certain age? This is the question that New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch attempts to answer

Jewish Women’s Theatre - Looking to the Future

Jewish Women’s Theatre - Looking to the Future JWT is growing; their influence in the arts is also growing, while retaining the warmth, humor, and compassion of personal experience. Current offerings include art exhibits, and the world premiere production of Monica Piper’s "Not That Jewish"

63 Trillion by John Bunzel - A World Premiere

63 Trillion by John Bunzel - A World Premiere The global financial markets go radioactive, and the predators stand poised for a fight to the finish. Partnerships prove to be perilous and laws are meaningless in the jungle of scheming money managers, where these cleverly crafted characters dwell

Prison Boxing - at the Skylight Theatre SkyLab

Prison Boxing - at the Skylight Theatre SkyLab With consummate skill, Montana-born and bred Leah Joki traces her personal and professional development through high school, college, Juilliard, soap operas, and finally to her special "Arts in Corrections" prison classroom

Serrano the Musical Review - Rocking The Matrix

Serrano the Musical Review - Rocking The Matrix Edmond Rostand meets David Chase by way of Seth McFarlane in Serrano the Musical, currently rocking the Matrix and likely to continue

Serrano The Musical - It's Cyrano meets The Sopranos

Serrano The Musical - It's Cyrano meets The Sopranos It's Cyrano meets The Sopranos in this World Premiere musical! Serrano D’Angelo is a renaissance man - poet, connoisseur of arts… and the enforcer for the Reyo crime family. Cyrano de Bergerac is updated to New York's Little Italy. With music

Bob’s Holiday Office Party - Bawdy Holiday Cheer

Bob’s Holiday Office Party - Bawdy Holiday Cheer LA’s most “hilariously deranged” (Los Angeles Times) seasonal tradition is back for its 19th year! Every year, insurance agent Bob Finhead’s whacked out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their annual holiday bash.

Dog Sees God - Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Dog Sees God - Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Clever, funny take on beloved, well-known comic strip characters as they navigate the high school gauntlet on the path to figuring out who they are. Plus death. Plus the internet. Plus bullying. Plus binge drinking. Plus sexuality.

The 39 Steps - Hilarious Whodunit at Malibu Playhouse

The 39 Steps - Hilarious Whodunit at Malibu Playhouse Hilarious Whodunit with Double-Crossing Secret Agents, Death-Defying Chases, and Devastatingly Beautiful Women. And only 4 actors portraying more than 130 characters. A Hitchcock homage (of sorts).

Hollywood Party - New 1928 Farce Comedy

Hollywood Party - New 1928 Farce Comedy Hollywood 1928. Lights… Cameras… Press… Jewel Thieves, Cross Dressers, a Snooping Butler, and Two Murderers to Unmask!

Bulrusher - Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Bulrusher - Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist A multiracial orphan girl, growing up in a predominantly white California town in the 1950’s... discovers a new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama suddenly appears in her world.

One In The Chamber - "A Powerhouse of a Play"

One In The Chamber - "A Powerhouse of a Play" Six years ago, a ten-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his little brother. Now, we meet his whole family. One In The Chamber brings to life a dysfunctional family drama that explores the effects of gun violence in one American family.

Paternus - Keeping "the Edge" in LA Theatre

Paternus - Keeping "the Edge" in LA Theatre A father and son, snowbound in an RV, without food and no hope of rescue... how their struggle to survive changes their relationship. The story is told in reverse, starting at the “end” and working backwards to the start of their journey

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Supernatural: The Play - Natural Hair Meetup

Supernatural: The Play - Natural Hair Meetup If you haven’t heard, women of color around the world are meeting and talking about natural hair. They are doing it fabulously in droves through hair workshops, hair makeover experiences, hair lectures, hair product tests, and so much more

The Sexual Life of Savages - Who's Keeping Count?

The Sexual Life of Savages - Who's Keeping Count? The existential double standard - unending debate as to what is acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to gender roles. What happens when the main character, everyman Hal, discovers that his girlfriend has had more sexual partners than he

The Human Spirit - Riveting Performances

The Human Spirit - Riveting Performances The story is both heartbreaking and uplifting, with moments of wry humor, as parties from both sides of Apartheid work selflessly together to achieve, against all odds, unbelievably positive results, despite major obstacles.

Flim Flam - Houdini and the Hereafter

Flim Flam - Houdini and the Hereafter Harry Houdini is determined to prove that a beautiful and seductive psychic (championed by Arthur Conan Doyle) is a phony, until she appears to make contact with his beloved dead mother, and he must confront his own beliefs about life-after-death.

Dental Society Midwinter Meeting - A Comedy with Teeth

Dental Society Midwinter Meeting - A Comedy with Teeth Following a scandal of molar-sized proportions, the Chicago Dental Society has gathered to debate the future of Midwestern dentistry as they know it. But how can a group of upright dental professionals actually make a difference?

The Human Spirit - World Premiere

The Human Spirit - World Premiere The Human Spirit is a compelling, inspirational true story we can all relate to: loss, devastation, heartbreak... but it serves as a reminder of something that we can all achieve: recovery, replenishment, and making an impact on others.

Les Misérables - Voices Soft as Thunder

Les Misérables - Voices Soft as Thunder "Les Mis" -- "You can feel the energy. It’s the magic of theatre at work; no matter how well you might know the story, it’s always an extra thrill to experience it performed and live in a place where auto-tune and do-overs are far away"

THE VORTEX - Noël Coward at Malibu Playhouse

THE VORTEX - Noël Coward at Malibu Playhouse The Vortex premiered in 1924 in London; its scandalous subject matter of drug abuse, repressed homosexuality, nymphomania, and Oedipal jealousy made Coward an overnight sensation. This production of The Vortex is updated to the mod London of 1965

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)

The Word Begins REVIEW - In the beginning

The Word Begins REVIEW - In the beginning It starts off loud and then it gets louder. And softer. It makes you think. It makes you laugh. How’s that for an evening out?

The Last Five Years (Review) - You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

The Last Five Years (Review) - You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello This is not a spoiler—from the very beginning of The Last Five Years, you know how it ends. And even tough it does not end well, the journey to its sad conclusion is a lovely one

A Memory of Two Mondays - Day to Day

A Memory of Two Mondays - Day to Day Punch in. Punch out. Do the work, do your time, wait for the weekend. Sound familiar? In a time long before Dilbert, cubicle monkeys, and a life-sucking recession, Arthur Miller was musing on all these things and more. Oh, so much more.

The Barking Pig - Oink oink woof

The Barking Pig - Oink oink woof A barking pig, by loose definition, is someone who changes the world. He doesn’t go along with the norm and doesn’t ever let anyone tell him what to do. This one-act play is now at Theatre Asylum as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Life in the Middle Ages - Fun at Fringe

Life in the Middle Ages - Fun at Fringe Part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of the emerging arts and there are over 170 projects over the next three weeks. The Festival takes place June 16-26, 2011

Hitchcocked - Cocked and loaded

Hitchcocked - Cocked and loaded There’s so much perky aliveness and booming good health to be had at the west coast premiere of Hitchcocked at the Asylum Lab. Until, of course, someone gets murdered

Thicker Than Water - Home is where they have to take you in

Thicker Than Water - Home is where they have to take you in Thicker Than Water doesn’t shy away from handling the big stuff, not once does it lecture you, tell you what to think or how to vote. The cast is nothing short of exquisite. I was positively giddy to see Barbara Bain (Cinnamon Carter, anyone?)

CABARET: The Musical - Leave your troubles outside.

CABARET: The Musical - Leave your troubles outside. Sit up front and you won’t regret it

Small Engine Repair Review - Vrooom

Small Engine Repair Review - Vrooom Small Engine Repair will not let you get comfortable or complacent or let you assume for one second that you know what’s going to happen next. These 90 minutes are full of surprises

The Prisoner of Second Avenue Review - Meet me at the corner of Angst and Paranoia

The Prisoner of Second Avenue Review - Meet me at the corner of Angst and Paranoia Meet me at the corner of Angst and Paranoia

The Bluest Eye - Based on the novel by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye - Based on the novel by Toni Morrison This expression of The Bluest Eye tells us, shows us, helps us understand. Phantom Projects Theatre Group specializes in plays based on classic pieces of literature. From here on out, I vow to see every one

Just Imagine Review - Working Class Hero

Just Imagine Review - Working Class Hero At the close of the show, the audience members who weren’t leading the standing ovation rushed up to shake his hand or get a quick photo. Now that’s the real deal

The Golden Gays Review - Sunny Days at Shady Pines

The Golden Gays Review - Sunny Days at Shady Pines Don’t dilly dally getting your tickets: The Golden Gays is back in LA by popular demand with the emphasis on both “popular” and “demand”

Dog Sees God Review - Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Dog Sees God Review - Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead With Dog Sees God, you go for the fun, lots of laughs, and you get a sort of contemporary morality play in the bargain

RENT (The Musical) - EXTENDING to May 21, 2011

RENT (The Musical) - EXTENDING to May 21, 2011 Everything you love about RENT is here

Copenhagen Review - What Happens in Copenhagen Stays in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Review - What Happens in Copenhagen Stays in Copenhagen What happens in Copenhagen stays in Copenhagen

Stella Adler Academy Los Angeles Review - Imagofest 2010

Stella Adler Academy Los Angeles Review - Imagofest 2010 One thing that can make great actors unforgettable is exceptional writing, and the three one-act plays making their world premiere at the Stella Adler are rich with brilliance, both on and off the stage

The Sunset Limited

The Sunset Limited In an age of short attention spans, endless multi-tasking and Googlefied width without depth, it was intensely satisfying to sink into a seat at the Los Angeles premier of The Sunset Limited—a focused demanding experience

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