Bill Raden is an award-winning reporter and theater critic who reviewed his first play for L.A. Weekly on a typewriter. He still keeps his manual Olivetti inked and oiled, just in case.
1 month ago | Theater
It looks like Casa 0101, the 99-seat Boyle Heights theater that has been waging a six-month fight to remain open in the wake of financial setbacks, will not be closing after all, at least through the end of the year.
2 months ago | Theater
Ripe Frenzy, Jennifer Barclay's harrowing new stage fiction about an all-too-typical school shooting massacre, packs a wallop that hits like an expertly aimed kick to the emotional solar plexus.
Gina Femia’s all-women twist on the venerable locker-room drama doesn’t exactly reinvent the sports narrative but it does persuasively demonstrate how invigorating it can be to simply reorient hoary sports tropes with a new gender perspective. Tha...
For a city that is more than 48 percent Latino, the loss of Casa 0101, one of only three all-Latino stages that produce regular seasons of plays in Los Angeles, might be incalculable to its audience, but it would be a Richter-scaled catastrophe to...
Before getting to the whats of The Willows, Kerri-Ann McCalla’s family drama about melancholy and traumatic loss, which is getting a polished world premiere at Bootleg Theatre, it may shed some light to talk about the what-it-is-nots.
4 months ago | Theater
Why the Americanization of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 kaiju classic, Gojira, should be held up as a primary palimpsest for the rampaging horrors of post-industrial capitalism is just one of the mysteries driving a play that ricochets between parodic mock...