The Who and the What

    What distinguishes contemporary faith from the traditional? It's often the ability to ask questions, to explore how meanings have changed, while still maintaining respect for its beliefs. That's the question explored in Victory Gardens Theater's new  ...

Twelfth Night, San Diego

“I've noticed a tendency for this program to get rather silly. Now, I do my best to keep things moving along, but I'm not having things getting silly.” — "Monty Python’s" Graham Chapman as the Colonel We often laud  ...

Bad Jews, LA

"Oy, such a shreier," my immigrant grandfather would have said of Daphna Feygenbaum (Molly Ephraim), the lead in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Bad Jews.' "Vy vould you vant to spend the evening listening to such a voman?" Good question,  ...

Moby Dick, Chicago

  Lookingglass Theatre’s new production of “Moby Dick” gives a modern infusion of energy and fluidity to Herman Melville’s 19th century whaling tale. The sprawling 700-page novel is smartly encapsulated into a two-and-three-quarter hour play without losing any of  ...

An American in Paris

  Is sentimental attachment to Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and George Gershwin, a sufficient guarantor to justify producing the Broadway remake of a 65-year-old film, set in 1945 post-World War II France, with a sub-plot that references the pro-fascist  ...

Matilda The Musical, LA

Honestly, you really do not need a kid in tow to justify going to see "Matilda the Musical." Great if you have one conveniently at hand; he or she will be forever a convert to live performance. But "Matilda" is  ...

Murder for Two, LA

Yesterday I wasted quite a bit of time trying to write a theater review of "Murder for Two." Silly me. "Murder for Two" is not a play. It is a piece of vaudeville nonsense. Viewed as such there is lots  ...

Rich Girl, San Diego

Money is a never-ending issue: we crave it; hoard it; earmark it; contractually stipulate it. And when love is involved, it gets really weird — we may have to share. “Rich Girl” navigates these potent interrelationships. And though the play  ...

Inana

Timeline Theatre Chicago's premiere of “Inana” by Michele Lowe is a ripped-from-the-headlines love story. And it also reminds us that Americans are sometimes the barbarians at the gates. In this case, the gates of an Iraqi museum of cultural artifacts.  ...