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Calendar, Archive Cymbeline

Cymbeline

Shakespeare's underperformed romance is a mishmash of familial ties tested, lighthearted foppery, dark betrayals and supernatural interventions. In the hands of director Bart DeLorenzo and a talented ensemble, the sometimes convoluted proceedings ultimately feel like a satisfyingly complex journey, a romp of sorts in which boys become men and childish...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How David Melville Survived One of the Craziest Onstage Line Flubs of All Time

How David Melville Survived One of the Craziest Onstage Line Flubs of All Time

Audiences arrive at Independent Shakespeare Company's summer shows in much the same way they might arrive at the beach. Flip-flops abound, picnic baskets dot the barely delineated aisles, and children order up frozen treats from a roaming ice cream vendor. Before the shows, there's plenty of time to wander the...…
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Calendar, Archive Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but it’s certainly not the performance of Rafael Goldstein as the revenge-bent prince. This briskly paced, two-hour production belongs almost entirely to Goldstein, whose jangled, dangerous Hamlet is not to be believed when he tells Gertrude, “I essentially am not in madness,...…
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Calendar, Archive Very Still and Hard to See

Very Still and Hard to See

Steve Yockey's series of haunted tales is strung together with expert eeriness by director Michael Matthews. Inspired in part by Japanese folktales and lit to chilling effect by Tim Swiss, the stories center on a hotel in which angry ghosts terrorize the guests, causing lifelong mental anguish or worse. The...…
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Calendar, Archive A Child Left Behind

A Child Left Behind

Alan Aymie takes aim at the Los Angeles Unified School District and the L.A. Times in his solo show A Child Left Behind, about his time spent as a teacher in a low-performing school. Laid off from teaching for a second time last year and given a "below average" ranking...…
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Calendar, Archive Two Gentlemen of Chicago

Two Gentlemen of Chicago

The latest Shakespearean modern-music mash-up from the Troubies is yet another hit for the cheeky troupe of triple-threat performers. Proteus (Matt Walker, who also directs) and Valentine (Rob Nagle) are best friends, but the game of love threatens their bond. Julia (Christine Lakin, who also choreographs) thinks Proteus is her...…
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Calendar, Archive The Seagull

The Seagull

Both Itzin and McShane bring insightful shades to the unsatisfied Sorin, though each makes drastically different stylistic choices. Itzin's Sorin is introspective about his failing mind and body, while McShane's Sorin faces his laundry list of life regrets with bumbling bombast. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 1...…
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Calendar, Archive Hoodoo Love

Hoodoo Love

1930s Memphis blues and African-American traditional folk magic add moody layers to Katori Hall's narrative about an oppressed woman struggling toward uncertain success. Toulou (Andrea Meshel) has escaped cotton picking to chase her dreams of onstage stardom on Beale Street. Ace (Elijah Rock), Toulou's often absentee lover, also wants to...…
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Calendar, Archive Elemeno Pea

Elemeno Pea

Exposure to excessive wealth warps reality for one member of a sister duo in Molly Smith Metzler's lively play. Hailing from blue-collar Buffalo, 20-something Simone (Melanie Lora) has fled to Martha's Vineyard to play personal assistant to Michaela (Katrina Lenk), an intensely neurotic, love-starved woman-child prone to fits of rage...…
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Calendar, Archive The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Playing a 40-year-old virgin whose spinsterhood is made certain by her energy-draining mother's omnipresence, Ferrell Marshall boils with a brilliant bitterness portending serious danger in Martin McDonagh's ode to the miseries of parental caretaking. Maureen (Marshall) has been holed up in the small Irish village of Leenane most of her...…
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Calendar, Archive Santasia

Santasia

Preshow snow and steaming cups of spiced apple cider in the lobby are only the beginning of the frivolous fun at the 12th annual production of this gleefully goofy holiday comedy. The brainchild of brothers Shaun and Brandon Loeser, this all-guy sketch show includes a send-up of the three wise...…
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Calendar, Archive Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

John Patrick Shanley's two-hander about a pair of lonely, self-loathing bar rats who bond by way of confessions, cursing and beer guzzling gets an inspired staging in the hands of director John McNaughton. Danny (Matthew J. Williamson) meets Roberta (Juliet Landau) after a fistfight in which he thinks he's killed...…
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Calendar, Archive To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

A good man is easy to find in Harper Lee's moralistic novel adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. This production captures nicely the magic of the coming-of-age journey of Scout (Zoe Rae Calamar), a feisty tomboy longing to understand why her aloof, over-the-hill father, Atticus Finch (an effectively chilly...…
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Calendar, Archive blu

blu

Magical realism meets the harsh realities of barrio life in Virginia Grise's lyrical play. A stoic Soledad (Romi Dias) raises her children Blu (Xavi Moreno), Gemini (Alexandra Jimenez) and Lunatico (Phillip Garcia) in a violent neighborhood based on Boyle Heights. Aptly bearing the name of the ruthless Mexican Mafia, Eme...…
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Calendar, Archive The Vault: Unlocked

The Vault: Unlocked

The gentrification of downtown Los Angeles is a sinister metamorphosis engineered by spoiled hipsters and well-heeled land grabbers in this whodunit parody by the Latino Theatre Company. Greedy real estate developer Ron Dillinger (Fidel Gomez) has plunged to his death from a rooftop near Spring and Sixth Street. The gory...…
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Calendar, Archive Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

With its towering trees, intermittent birdsong and starry ceiling, Theatricum Botanicum's bucolic amphitheater is a wonderfully ironic venue for a play set in a dumpy tourist motel in South Florida. Theatricum's production marks the West Coast premiere of playwright Bill Bozzone's slightly offbeat, somewhat sentimental comedy about the human urge...…
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Calendar, Archive UnScripted Rep

UnScripted Rep

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Calendar, Archive The Crucible

The Crucible

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Calendar, Archive A Weekend With Pablo Picasso

A Weekend With Pablo Picasso

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Calendar, Archive In Mother Words

In Mother Words

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