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.

The Cake

It's a strikingly lovely play, never condescending to its characters, very funny, and, with Rupp, an actress I blush to admit about whom I had never heard, an actress who gives a master class in comic timing with her Della: subtle, wise, fast-moving, never faltering, which makes her anguish all the more palpable...This is exceptional theater, in the writing, directing, acting and in the smart use of the wide stage...It's always fun and rewarding to see theater that so boldly attacks the issues of the day, so see it now.

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Species Native to California

It's a clever evening, well directed by Gonda, and exceedingly well-acted by the ensemble. I was impressed by the specific work of Zuker and Elizarraraz, melding into the quality work of everyone else.

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The Sweetheart Deal

It is a disappointing evening, much to be regretted, but the playwright is perhaps half-way there, so it deserves a re-working and re-mounting. Whether or not a history belongs to us, we need to know about them, and they’re easily learned in this kind of venue.

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Building the Wall

Director Michael Michetti, on the postage-sized stage, allows his two actors plenty of time to make their points -- intellectual and emotional -- giving us the opportunity to listen carefully and formulate our own opinions.

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Disinherit the Wind

This is an unusual evening of theater, smart, well-directed by Gary Lee Reed, and nicely-acted. The play itself will have a future life on college or university campuses. Catch it if you can.

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FREE OUTGOING

This is one of the best shows East-West has ever produced and definitely should move to Off-Broadway and American regional theaters so that audiences will be educated about how other cultures react to things we may take for granted.

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Debussy: His Letters and Music

It's a curious evening, enlightening at times, and always a delight when she is the focus, but as a play or concert, is isn't. Pity, that, as one can't help but be edified when an artist of her caliber shares the work with us.

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Beckett5

This is quality theater and funny to boot. It's a class company, soon to be undone by Actors Equity Association's bone-headed notion of how to destroy theater, instead of promoting it. See them while you can.

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HANSEL & GRETEL BLUEGRASS

It's a clever idea undercut by a bland script that doesn't build the tensions into scarier ones. Director Debbie Devine, the co-artistic director with producer Jay McAdams, has done a service for her cast with imaginative use of the witch's spells and the lad's devotion to his sister's health, although Gretel comes off far too often as a head-strong ninny, forcing him to become a bullying oaf. But, both actors show skill at maneuvering the treacherous script and creating credible characters.

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THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

The quartet of actors performs extraordinarily well, with Mullen and O'Sullivan subtly broadcasting all the mixed emotions which can mar any familiar relationship. And the producers have added to the Taper's fine reputation with this production, which should not be missed. Rare, indeed, to be given a chance to see such a fine import to our theatricalized city.

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