David MacDowell Blue has been reviewing Los Angeles theatre via his blog "Night Tinted Glasses" since 2012. He has a degree in Theatre Arts and graduated from New York's National Shakespeare Conservatory. At different times, he has acted, directed, written plays and designed things from sets to lights to costumes. Born in San Francisco, he ended up raised in Florida (where he lived through twelve--yes TWELVE--hurricanes) then eventually landed in Los Angeles.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE review

To do a farce like this somewhat low-key makes for a fascinating choice, skillfully done. A simple example stands out. Teddy spends the first scene not strutting about in a caricature of Teddy Roosevelt, but rather hovering and acting on impulse rather like a child playing make believe. He and the rest of the cast never ape their facial expressions, don't distort themselves into caricatures of human behavior. It would be so easy to do that! Yet by not doing it dozens and dozens of little details stand out, little bits of characterization one rarely sees in a farce--but which deepens the humor, while at the same time making the laughs quieter. A really interesting set of choices, so consistent director Elina Santos deserves credit for it.

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AS YOU LIKE IT review

What makes this play so special, or so it seems to me, is how in the midst of the pastoral setting and silly goings-on, the hearts and lives of the characters remain vulnerable, tender, filled with hope and fear.

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BRAVE THE DARK review

One enters, eyes closed, hands on the shoulder of the person before you. At a certain point, we are told to count backwards from ten then open our eyes. Then...follow the light. Not too hard to figure out that what we experience this year relies even more on shadows, on things heard yet barely seen. Muffled screams. Gasps. Whispers. What look like faces and bodies writhing or maybe dancing or just maybe doing both

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THE DEVIL'S WIFE review

What struck me next was a sense of style--a very specific kind of comedy, based on broad strokes that yet contain complexity and (as we learn eventually) some real depth.

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BITCH BROW review

A delicious brew of humanity—humor, surprise, tragedy, love and hate, foolishness and wisdom, insight and some madness. All performed with vast skill by the cast.

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NORMAL review

Emerging from the Underworld, we are shaken but more wise, tested and hopefully improved. Not a pretty thing. But “beautiful” is more important than “pretty” and “beautiful” can also be “ugly” at the exact same time.

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MY JANIS review

A startling, beautiful and powerful moment in the life of a great artist. Usually one-person shows try and tell a subject’s biography. This took a different turn, which startled then entranced.

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LOVES ADVENTURES review

The Broads Word Ensemble found a classic piece I've neither seen or read (nor heard of to be honest) and it proved delightful! Apart from the fact it gives a lovely glimpse of ideas not-so-modern as we think (women winning swordfights with men, for example) the cast under a very fine director were just fantastic. Language in these things can be an issue, yet never was. It was simply a style of speech, which the actors understood to their core and thus so did we. Recommend this one highly (Full disclosure: The editor of the piece and the director are both good friends of mine.)

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