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Devastated when his New York City church kicks him out for being gay, Griffin escapes across the world to volunteer in a small village. His “good intentions” are tested against the backdrop of an incurable epidemic, corruption and a dangerous abduction that leaves him questioning everything he has ever known. Taken from the website. 

Feb 4 – 23, 2019

 

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8.9 Overall
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Acting9.5
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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!
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9.2 Overall
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Story9.5
Set & Design10
Entertainment9
Acting8.5
Costumes9
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Written by Patrick Chavis

Even though Come From Away is set against the tragic backdrop of 9/11, it focuses more on the tension, feelings, and emotions of the time — as opposed to a more strait-laced recap of the period. The characters we see stranded in Canada remind us of the pain felt by all Americans at home and abroad alike. Yet even in tragedy, the characters were about to find a silver lining. Continue reading

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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. 

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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!
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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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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!
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8.5 Overall
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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!
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7.2 Overall
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Story8
Set & Design8
Entertainment6.5
Acting7
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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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Entertainment7.5
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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