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.
5 days ago | Theater
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.
17 days 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...
1 month ago | Theater
By now it’s an all-too-familiar story: A powerful institution is racked by news of long-standing sexual abuses as the innocent are further victimized by a code of silence that protects the powerful and perpetuates their crimes.
With the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the administration's divisive mainstreaming of alt-right white supremacist hate groups, Allegiance’s sprawling and sometimes unwieldy tale of how the United States summarily stripped 120,000 Japanese-A...
Justin Tanner returns to the L.A. stage after nearly seven years with El Niño, a bitingly funny look at a dysfunctional Angeleno family and a knowing, caricatured nod to Trump's core supporters.
The play, onstage at the Geffen Playhouse, highlights the talents of Marin Ireland, but the setting and resolution don't convey a deep enough message in these troubling times.