(Photo by Jeff Lorch)

Tony and Olivier Award-nominee Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat “King” Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to “go out with a bang.” Taken from the website. 

February 5 – March 24, 2019 

Exceptional Show!
Review
9 Overall
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Set & Design9
Entertainment9.5
Acting9.5
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Punk-rock opera that explores the bloody legend of America’s favorite axe-wielding sweetheart-diva-heroine-enigma-psychopath, Lizzie Borden. Accused of brutally killing her father and stepmother in 1892, Lizzie was eventually acquitted by a jury of her peers, leaving the horrific crime unsolved. What really happened on the fateful night of the dual killings? Taken from the website. 

Feb 1 – March 3, 2019

 

Very Good Show!
Review
8.4 Overall
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Story7
Set & Design9
Entertainment7.5
Acting8.5
Costumes10
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(warning podcast has some bad language) 

It’s 1940, and celebrated psychologist William Moulton Marston has decided that he wants to create a comic book heroine who stands for valor and love in a world dominated by men and war. Over the course of a single evening, Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and their lover Olive must convince DC Comics executive Max Gaines of the value of such a heroine while downplaying their own unorthodox lifestyle. Taken from the website

March 9th – March 30th, 2019

(photos: Michael Lamont)

A hidden discovery in a hotel bathroom changes the lives of four Korean American Christian girls on a mission trip to Thailand. Samantha is hurt that someone she trusted could betray her. Jen is worried about how this might affect her college applications. Kyung-Hwa thinks everyone should adjust their expectations. Mimi’s out for blood. Amid the neon lights and go-go bars in Bangkok, the girls plot revenge in this funny, feminist thriller.  Taken from the website 

January 31 – February 24, 2019


Exceptional Show!
Review
9.2 Overall
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Story9.5
Set & Design10
Entertainment9
Acting8.5
Costumes9
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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 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
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Story8.5
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment8
Acting8.5
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SEAN BELKS REVIEWS! 


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!
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7.2 Overall
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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

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7.8 Overall
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Set & Design8
Entertainment7.5
Acting7.5
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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
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Story8.5
Set & Design9
Entertainment8
Acting10
Costumes8.5
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