Dale Reynolds has been an arts critic (theatre/film/DVDs) for most of his adult life, even when acting (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) or producing (2004 Regional Emmy Award for co-producing THE CRIS FRANCO SHOW for KCET) or touring with his one-man Thomas Jefferson show, THE MAN FROM MONTICELLO. A native Southern Californian, he is a U.S. Navy Veteran and an activist for LGBT causes.

STUPID KID review

Director Cameron Watson has taken this offensive play and shaped it into something watchable with excellent actors who, in truth, make it a meaningful event. That there is no one to root for, including everyone in this low-IQ'd family, and the young woman who is so evilly abused by good-ol'-boy Uncle Mike, makes it a rough time. And White's tacked-on "happy" ending doesn't help it.

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HEAD OF PASSES review

This is a remarkable and authoritative performance, showing all of us what great acting is. And that only happens when great writing allows us to scale the heights.

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FIXED review

The timing is right for plays or films to address the issues surrounding variations of sexuality, and Alvarez' contribution is in the right direction, but the playwright needs to more fully explore the placement of these folk into our political and social landscape.

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BIG NIGHT review

But without great actors delivering the quality dialogue under empathic direction, Rudnick's play might seem heavy-handed or perhaps too cute. But, surprisingly, it isn't. The play flows naturally, with Rudnick's well-acknowledged flair with comedic moments making us laugh through our tears.

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THE LOST CHILD review

Daddio and Smith certainly hit their emotional marks squarely on, but the undercurrents of their relationship are not explored well-enough in the script for the couple to show us more.

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THE DEVIL'S WIFE review

Stephanie Kurley Schwartz’s set is attractive, but Jeff McLaughlin’s lighting design–referred to by the characters–doesn’t hold up as needed. Mike Mahaffey’s fight direction is fierce and Sarah Figoten Wilson successfully mashes modernism into the late Victorian costumes. I can be the devil’s advocate and relate that, overall, it’s a fun evening; but for future productions, the devil’s in the details.

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AS YOU LIKE IT review

Directed by Shakespearean scholar Rob Clare, his cast is impeccable in the diction, rhythm and scansion of the text. (The Text Coach was Elizabeth Swain, who knows her way around Elizabethan Theatre.) And the wit in the play was fully on display.

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