2 months ago | Theater
Dominating the backdrop of the set of The Christians is an enormous, backlit wooden cross, next to which is a wall molded to resemble three more towering, overlapping crosses. The overlapping is key because those three crosses can look like just c...
4 months ago | Theater
Like a Beckett play with a few more degrees of naturalism, Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj is funny, haunting, and deeply insightful into the human condition. Like his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, this play begin...
5 months ago | Theater
“What happens next?” This question is the crux of almost any drama — theatrical, cinematic or otherwise — because when we the audience don’t ask that question, we have little investment in said drama. It’s investment that creates engagement that c...
Set at Starbucks, Café Society Is a Weak Study of a Social Media-Dreary Space That Once Brimmed With Warmth6 months ago | Theater
The premise of Peter Lefcourt’s world premiere Café Society, like its program's artwork, is attractive. Lefcourt wishes to explore disconnection in a world obsessed with gadgets and social media, especially when it comes to public spaces like café...
6 months ago | Theater
“The most perfect imperfect man I ever met” is the description cub reporter Michael McCormick (Troy Whitaker) gives of Vince Lombardi (Bert Emmett) in Eric Simonson’s play about the NFL coaching legend. The play, which ran on Broadway in 2010-2011...
7 months ago | Theater
More than a decade after it premiered at London’s National Theatre, Martin Crimp's modern translation of Pierre Marivaux’s 1724 comedy The False Servant comes to Los Angeles, but it seems to have left its thrills and chills across the pond. Though...