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Lodestone Theater Ensemble lodestonetheatre.org This young Asian-American company produces rarely but memorably.
Los Angeles African American Repertory (818) 761-0704. In each of two new plays reviewed by the Weeklyin the past two seasons, our critics have loathed the material and praised the company.
Los Angeles Repertory Company larep.org One of L.A’s oldest extant classical repertory companies (founded 1966) with a reputation for staging classics well, the troupe has been dormant for a couple of years.
Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company lawsc.net Is that a banana in Hamlet’s pocket? If the show’s by LAWSC, it probably is. All gals doing the Bard is great fun for the actors and makes the gender-point overabundantly clear.
Lucid by Proxy lucidbyproxy.com Young, vibrant troupe unafraid of tweaking convention.
MACHA Theater Company machatheatre.org A women’s company “advancing culture, history and art” through community and educational outreach. Only one full production that we know of, since its inception in 2000.
Matrix Theater Company (323) 852-1445. Has been quiet lately. A tradition of excellent stage productions by working TV actors; originated the policy of strategic double-casting that spread around the city like wildfire.
Meadows Basement See article by SM.
MET Theater themettheatre.com Very active company does everything under the sun; production standards vary.
MetaTheater Company (323) 993-7113. This young, ambitious company got off to a good start with a visceral production of Dogs Barkingand The Dead Eye Boylast year.
Naked Angels nakedangels.org This NYC-based troupe staged an impressive production of Stephen Belber’s Tapehere two years ago, and just opened a bill of one-acts (co-produced by FOX Broadcasting Company) aimed at turning playwrights toward TV, where presumably they’ll be more useful to society.
Neurotic Young Urbanites nyurbanites.com A smart, fun-filled troupe that consistently asks us to examine the way we watch the theater, and things beyond it.
A Noise Within See article by SM.
Pacific Resident Theater See article by SLM.
The Powerhouse Theater powerhousetheatre.com Very snappy company that’s just taken its topflight musical (about a pathetic all-girl rock band) to Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater.
Quantum Theater Company quantumtheatre.org Anything’s possible: They made Timberlake Wertenbaker’s verbal gymnastics in Our Country’s Goodlook easy, but also made corned beef hash out of Romeo and Juliet.
Sacred Fools Theater sacredfools.org Its core aesthetic is sci-fi. Very busy company that occasionally demonstrates its capacity for brilliance.
Shakespeare Festival/L.A. shakespearefestivalla.org Festive alfresco stagings of the Bard go down easy.
The 68 Cent Crew 68centcrew.com New and new-ish plays range from hokey to riveting.
Son of Semele Ensemble sonofsemele.org Keeps knocking at society’s edge in kinetic and sometimes upsetting productions.
Sons of Beckett email@example.com Stages existential farces. Our reviews have been mixed.
Theater Banshee at the Gene Bua Theater theatrebanshee.org Has been staging British farces with shining moments, but not entirely effectively.
Theater District (at the Cast) thetheatredistrict.com Has a front-porch drama aesthetic.
Theater 40 theatre40.org Some excellent actors, mostly staid play selection.
Theater Neo theatreneo.com A big, stylish company that does many new plays.
Theater of NOTE theatreofnote.com Excellent production values. Appears at the moment to be working through a tear between its punk-poetry heritage and an opposing impulse toward something sweeter, more light-hearted and box-office friendly.
Theater West theatrewest.org Old-fashioned fare by one of L.A.’s most senior rep companies.
Towne Street Theater See article by EAK.
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