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Lovell Estell III

Nicole Fabbri (left) and Mark Souza (silhouette) perform "Cool Air" in Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite; Credit: Jeremy Andorfer

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

Just in time for Halloween, director Dan Spurgeon's adaptation of six of H.P Lovecraft's tales, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, gathers a ghoulish sampling of the dank hallways, forbidding places and supernatural creatures for which the author was known.In the segment "The Statement of Randolph Carter," archeologists Mark Souza and Daniel Jimenez......

A Christmas Carol

The Yuletide Lords of Misrule at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre are presiding over a "turbocharged," nontraditional version of the Dickens classic, which means you can expect a lot of fun and laughs. The opening scene sets the impious tone with an offering of familiar carols performed with sardonic menace by......

Play Dead

Sitting through a performance of the Geffen Playhouse's delightful spook show Play Dead resurrects memories of a long-gone time when such shows were truly scary -- and scads of fun. Performed by Todd Robbins, who co-wrote the show with director Teller (of the magician duo Penn & Teller), Play Dead......

The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!

Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogarts's amusing creation is actually an anti-musical musical parsed out into five acts, all of which parody the styles and works of famous composers and lyricists of the genre, all with the same mundane theme: "I can't pay the rent." Four actors play all the roles......

Endgame

"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness; it's the most comical thing in the world," chimes Nell (Jill Hill), one of the very unhappy souls in Samuel Beckett's 1957 absurdist classic, Endgame, about four pitiful characters trapped in a decrepit room as the outside world collapses in decay and sterility. Unlike the......

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Mark Twain wrote, "Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." So it is in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella of dual personalities and scientific overreach. This adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher uses a cast of six actors, and is set in the dark......

Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

Just in time for Halloween, director Dan Spurgeon's adaptation of six of H.P Lovecraft's tales, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, gathers a ghoulish sampling of the dank hallways, forbidding places and supernatural creatures for which the author was known. In the segment "The Statement of Randolph Carter," archeologists Mark Souza and Daniel......

The Player King

The name John Wilkes Booth isn't likely to be forgotten, but many are unaware that the infamous assassin was part of an accomplished family of actors. In this solo show, Darin Dahms brings the Booth clan to life. Drawing on historical and biographical material, Dahms constructs what is mostly a......

Steel Magnolias

Robert Harling's comedy-drama about female friendships has seen many stage incarnations since its debut in 1987, not to mention a popular film version with Dolly Parton. Now comes a sparkling revival from East West Players with an all–Asian-American cast. Hiwa Bourne does the honors as the sassy, opinionated Truvy, whose...

The Old Settler

John Henry Redwood's bittersweet romantic comedy The Old Settler is set in 1943 Harlem in the comfy home (a handsome set by Thomas Brown) of middle-aged sisters Elizabeth (Ruby Hinds) and Quilly (Jolie Oliver). Elizabeth is dignified and restrained, while her sister is outspoken and nit-picky. These church-going ladies are......