Articles by Alex Weaver

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

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