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Review by Matthew Robinson

Burners is set in the not-so-distant future where the elite live in luxury inside Avalon Protectorate, a fortified megacity, while the majority of the population struggles to survive in massive, polluted slums. A resistance movement has risen to fight for the rights of the poor, and their most powerful weapons are humans that have been genetically engineered to become living bombs: BURNERS. Taken from the website.

March 25th – April 9th 2017 

Great Show
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8.5 Overall
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Story7.5
Set & Design9.5
Entertainment9
Acting7.5
Costumes9
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I wish more plays were like this. The divide between audience and players completely disappeared. I saw it in a very small theater and the set envelopes much of the seating. The atmosphere of a high tech dystopia was spot on. The set and costume design were excellent but the players really carried the show. An unexpected story and all of the background on their desperate world comes across through their interaction. Both players shed their more stereotyped mannerisms as the complexity and layers of their characters and identities were revealed. Really well done and engrossing. Go see it.
March 28, 2017, 4:58 pm
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A romantic comedy written by Renee Taylor (who played Fran Drescher’s mother in the TV show The Nanny) and Joseph Bologna (Love and Other Strangers), Love Allways follows the lives of different couples as they each deal with the ups and downs of their own love lives. Directed by Gloria Gifford, this hilarious and sexy play makes its Los Angeles premiere at Gray Studios in North Hollywood. Taken from the website 

Gray Studios

5250 Vineland Ave.

Noth Hollywood, CA 91607

Performances:

Runs until April 25th

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Sundays, 7:30 p.m.

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Spanning from the 1988 display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington DC to the worldwide Women’s Marches, Shades of Disclosure illuminates the triumphant lives of real people whose personal stories have been forgotten or silenced.

Individuals, of varying stripes, relive their intimate and heartfelt histories while speaking to a sixteen-year old who, after bravely announcing her queerness, finds herself at a precarious turning point in American politics. In Shades of Disclosure, she discovers a band of mentors who tell it like it was, is, and how they hope it can be. Taken from the website

January 28 – February 25th 2017

Okay, but needs work.
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6 Overall
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Story7
Set & Design5
Entertainment6.5
Acting6.5
Costumes5
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January 13, 2017 – February 19, 2017

CASA 0101 Theater and TNH Productions in association with LA Councilmember Gil Cedillo are proud to present Disney’s Aladdin: Dual Language Edition! Centuries ago, the royalty in the palace of Agrabah speak one language: Spanish; and its people in the streets another: English. When the rebellious princess and a delinquent street rat meet in the market place, they find something special in one another, rise above the barriers between them, and with a little magic help create a better future. This production is performed in English and Spanish and is fully understandable in both languages. www.casa0101.org/

(photos by : Jessica Sherman)

ROSE AND THE RIME tells the tragic and magical story of the frozen town of Radio Falls. When Uncle Roger reveals to young Rose the truth about her parents, Rose sets off to find the mysterious Rime Witch. What follows is a stark transformation of the town and its inhabitants. From snowfall and sledding to witches and barbecues, the tale of Radio Falls and its inhabitants is spun right before our eyes through a mixture of inventive ensemble physicality, music, and puppetry, all supported by projected animation. Taken from website

JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Above Average 

Photo by Ed Kreiger

Money can’t buy love, or peace of mind, or even a long life. But it can get you in to see this immersive, site-based show, now in its 15th year, that reveals the tragic history of the family who once occupied this gorgeous hillside mansion. Follow the characters from room to room and eavesdrop as they reveal events that took down a dynasty. Written by Kathrine Bates, directed by Flora Plumb. 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills. Free parking onsite. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 1pm. $65. 310-364-3606. Reservations must be made by phone, in advance. Taken from the website . Interviews with the playwright Kathrine Bates, Darby Hinton who played Israel Boone in The Daniel Boone show, and Melanie MacQueen who was the voice of Lisa Hayes in Robotech. Jan 5–Jan 29 2017

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The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own. Taken from the website

DEC 4, 2016 – JAN 15, 2017

Above Average
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7.6 Overall
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Set & Design8
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Once upon a time, all of your favorite characters from the enchanted land of Fairy Tales, got tossed into a magical spin cycle of storytelling, where nothing is what you expect, and everything is as it seems.  Tons of wacky, magical silliness abounds, and there’s even a stinky cheese man, taboot!  This bunch of Almost Fairy Tales will warm you and your family’s insides in this re-envisioning of storytelling, told through a bunch of cheese, and some other fairly stupid tales. Mmmmmm, dig in. Just in time for the holidays.  See you there!

December 2nd – December 17th 2016

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Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history among three friends – Franklin, Charlie and Mary – who begin their in careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs. Taken from the website 

Nov 23 – Dec 18 2016

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8.1 Overall
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Leslie has never seen the show Game of Thrones. Her friends are shocked to hear this and decide to immediately act out all 6 seasons to catch her up. Taken from the website 

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7.9 Overall
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