Unnecessary Farce, San Diego

To the pantheon of iconic stage characters — Hamlet, Willy Loman, Blanche DuBois — I nominate Todd, the Scottish hit man who will slay you in more ways than one in “Unnecessary Farce,” on stage at the North Coast Repertory  ...

Side Man, Chicago

  The jazzmen sit on a sofa in a small New York apartment, transfixed by the image on the TV set. It’s September 1956 and Elvis Presley is playing his first gig on the Ed Sullivan Show. The trumpet  ...

I and You, LA

One thing you can count on with the Fountain Theatre, they never put on a really bad play or production. On the other hand, not everything they do is perfect, or a crowd-pleaser. "I and You" falls in the  ...

Head of Passes

We often wonder why tragedies occur, particularly when they affect good people. It’s a question as old as the story of Job or Jesus’s cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” In "Head of Passes," playwright Tarell  ...

Between You, Me and the Lampshade

Family secrets and dreams are explored in Raul Castillo’s “Between You, Me and the Lampshade” in a world premiere being staged by Teatro Vista. Set in a barren area of Rio Grande County in south Texas, the play addresses immigration  ...

The Power of Duff, LA

I keep hoping for transformative theatrical moments at Westwood's inviting Geffen Playhouse. Sadly they are few and far between. There is no doubt that playwright Stephen Belber thinks he has penned such a piece with "The Power of Duff." Billed  ...

Talley’s Folly

Celebrated author Lanford Wilson (1937–2011) won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Talley's Folly," a tender two-person, one-act romantic comedy. It’s one of the plays in Wilson’s  trilogy about the  Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Aurora will be presenting  ...

The Upstairs Concierge

Todd Rosenthal’s set design for The Hotelman Arms hotel in “The Upstairs Concierge” is quite handsome, done in Prairie Style with Frank Lloyd Wright-type stained glass window panels, faux oak staircases, moldings, cabinetry and doors. Even the typography of the  ...

Buyer and Cellar, San Diego

What is it about stuff? We buy it, we love it, the novelty wears off and we buy more. We get a distinct, if fleeting, dopamine rush, but it doesn’t cure what ails us. This quest for material possessions is  ...

The White Snake, San Diego

Combine an ancient Chinese fable with a MacArthur “genius” director and the result is an enchanting, eye-popping night of theater that seamlessly combines text with compelling performances, sumptuous costumes, live music, a touch of whimsy, and production values the likes  ...