WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA review

50%

Antony and Cleopatra the Musical proves difficult to categorize. Like the original script, the musical explores romance, tragedy and history in equal parts, interweaving matters of state with an ill-fated love affair. The main problem is that none of the characters are particularly likable — Antony and Cleopatra are like the Kim and Kanye of Shakespeare’s day. The production offers a unique and sometimes silly perspective on famous people behaving badly.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM review

0%

It’s hard to determine what The Group Rep was going for, exactly, in their largely uninspired incarnation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lonny Chapman Theatre. There seems to have been little consideration of style, pace and place, and the result lacks nuance and specificity.

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DELEARIOUS review

50%

deLEARious will certainly appeal to Mel Brooks fans: silly humor, clever jokes and puns aplenty. Well-written but too long, it’s the kind of show you need to see many times to appreciate its sheer volume of wit. But its songs become repetitive and the numerous plot details overwhelming. Also, many of the women are oversexualized.

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OUR TOWN review

100%

This co-production by the Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West moves slowly, taking plenty of time to show us just how beautiful, and how awful, life can be. - RECOMMENDED

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GREY NOMAD review

100%

Lee allows the play to unfold gradually, slowly revealing the humor and complexities of two drastically different marriages, towing the line between serious and silly.

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NOCTURNE review

50%

Nocturne gets under your skin. It’s raw, it’s elusive, it’s messy and emotional. It reminds us that life is fleeting, life is fragile. Life is strange and painful and lonely and confusing. Life is beautiful.

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WELCOME TO YOUR ALTERNATIVE REALITY review

100%

Butterfield and West effectively channel their frustration and anger into humor, with their fast-paced sketches covering a wide variety of current news, ranging from healthcare to peaceful protest to cyberattack. The duo keeps the message itself light-hearted, despite the show’s biting undercurrent...The direction is sharp, well-paced, clean...So buckle up folks, we’re in for one hell of a ride.

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PAGLIACCIS review

100%

The play achieves a deep level of sensitivity and surprising humor as those left behind search for answers and summarize the totality of their loss.

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