(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


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Set & Design10
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Acting8.5
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(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

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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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.
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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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Story8.5
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment8
Acting8.5
Costumes9
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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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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

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!
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7.9 Overall
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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!
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9 Overall
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Story9
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment9.5
Acting9
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Paul Rush is a founder of the Sixty-six Theater Co, located at the historic Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood. He fell in love with theater while studying at the University of Maine. His disciplined and heartfelt approach he attributes to his time in the woods of Maine and in his service in the U.S. Air Force. He is dedicated to engaging audiences with honest and thought-provoking theater. He has produced numerous films and theater on both East and West coasts. A quote from Henry David Thoreau has been present throughout his life, ‘Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.’

Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm is a Los Angeles-based playwright, book writer, lyricist, screenwriter, and actor. He’s had over 170 productions of his plays and musicals staged in four countries. His play WOUNDED just premiered Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse as part of the “Fringe Encore Series” (chosen from thousands of Fringe shows from all over the world). He’s won and placed for over twenty playwriting awards, including being a Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference and the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists Grant. Taken from the website. 

Patrick’s Top 5 List of 2018

1.  Still…. The play inspired by 4:44 @ The Complex Theatre in Hollywood

2. Native Son @ The Antaeus Company in Glendale

3. The Glass Menagerie @ International City Theatre in Long Beach

4. Valley of the Heart @ Mark Taper Forum in Downtown Los Angeles

5.  Big Fish The Musical @ The Chance Theatre in Anaheim

Matthew’s Top 5 List of 2018

1. Sunny Afternoon @ The Complex Theatre in Hollywood

2. Wounded @ The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood

3. I can hear you now @ Complex Theatre in Hollywood

4. Bliss (or Emily Post is dead) @ The Atwater Theatre in Atwater Village

5. This Almost Joy @ Hudson Theatre in Hollywood