Mark Hein has been making theatre for over 50 years, as a producer, director, actor, playwright and critic. He is devoting the rest of his career to LA's small theatres -- which he finds unequalled for variety and creativity. Why theatre? It's our best hope for healing ourselves and the planet we were born to.

THE CAKE review

The Cake is a timely tale; and being timely, it’s difficult to do well. (It’s hard to hear durable truths through all the momentary noise.) But Brunstetter’s work doesn’t collapse; and it’s no mere confection. It seriously addresses some of our most painful concerns, while allowing us to laugh — and to hope. That’s what comedy’s about, after all: affirming the hope that somehow we’ll get through this. Staring at the angry abyss that has opened in our land, we need it. Thanks to Brunstetter and the folks at Echo Theater Company for taking the time to get it right.

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WHY WE BECOME WITCHES review

This is a faithful, delightful distillation of Sylvia Townsend Warner's much-loved novel Lolly Willowes.  Lolly's gentle flowering into witchcraft has as much to do with the Celtic Green Man as with Satan.  And by her tale's end, she's diffidently voicing critiques of patriarchy as trenchant as any by Virginia Woolf or Germaine Greer.

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