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The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area. Taken from the website. 

(Photo by Geoffrey Wade Photography)

Dreams are in short supply on Inishmaan, especially for Billy Claven. So when a Hollywood filmmaker arrives on the neighboring island to make a movie, Billy goes after a part in the film, hoping to escape from the cruelty and bleakness of his life in master storyteller Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic Irish yarn. Taken from the website. 

Jan 17- March 11, 2019

Exceptional Show!
Review
9 Overall
4 Users (1 vote)
Story9.5
Set & Design9
Entertainment8.5
Acting9
Costumes9
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Crippled by A Fundamental Lack of Understanding of the Material
No tension or threat of violence.
Embarrassing fight choreography.
Costuming is inappropriately clean for the setting.
Characters miscast, especially Billy and Bobby.
Unmotivated, static blocking, with little business for or by the players.
Emotional range of the actors never pass sitcom levels.
Pacing lacks the music written into the language.
Set, lighting, sound were all acceptable.
February 2, 2019, 5:13 pm
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(Photo Credit: Carlos R. Hernandez)

GRAY PEOPLE tells a story of constantly shifting trust and loyalties as James, Jenny and Adam tensely await a late-night delivery in the woods…unsure what to believe about each other, and increasingly uncertain of their fate.  Taken from the website. 

JAN 17 – FEB 7, 2019

GREAT SHOW!
Review
8.5 Overall
0 Users (0 votes)
Story8.5
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment8
Acting8.5
Costumes9
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The Vaughn family’s go-to defense mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls short when the aging parents hatch a not-so-funny way to avoid the retirement home.

Jan 18 – Feb 23, 2019

Average show!
Review
7.2 Overall
0 Users (0 votes)
Story8
Set & Design8
Entertainment6.5
Acting7
Costumes6.5
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The Long Weekend is a play about two couples spending a long weekend together in the country.  We discover the two friends’ spouses are having affairs, and the audience witnesses what happens to the characters due to their choices.

Above Average! 

January 11-27, 2019

Review
7.8 Overall
0 Users (0 votes)
Story8
Set & Design8
Entertainment7.5
Acting7.5
Costumes8
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Written by Patrick Chavis 
Murder, murder, and more murder — who knows the subject better than the queen of the murder mystery herself, Agatha Christie.  In her lifetime Christie wrote over 50 different novels, mostly focusing on a genre she mastered, the murder mystery.  Christie’s stories are all different and unique, but one thing they have in common is a mysterious death and a group of people that all seem to look guilty.  This trope is consistent in Stages Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile. While the climax and twist ending in this production give a much-needed boost of energy to the show, the buildup in the first act lacks a kick and feels almost irrelevant after watching the whole story play through. Continue reading

PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Niedle

1776, the electrifying musical about the founding of America. Featuring a contemporary cast, this Tony Award-winning smash begins with a deadlocked Congress – sound familiar? Its attempts to adopt the Declaration of Independence are boiling over in heated confrontations. Taken from the website. 

Jan 11 – Feb 3, 2019

GREAT SHOW!
Review
8.8 Overall
Users 0 (0 votes)
Story8.5
Set & Design9
Entertainment8
Acting10
Costumes8.5
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Chicano/Latino performance troupe comprised of writer-comedians Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Sigüenza. Their work ranges from comedic sketches to full-length plays and screenplays that feature political and social satire. Taken from the website. 

December 30, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Above Average!
Review
7.9 Overall
0 Users (0 votes)
Story7
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment7.5
Acting8.5
Costumes8
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(Photos by Giovanni Solis of bracero)Estranged brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun. Taken from the website

January 5-20,2019

 

Exceptional Show!
Review
9 Overall
0 Users (0 votes)
Story9
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment9.5
Acting9
Costumes9
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