Deborah Klugman is a freelance arts journalist living in Los Angeles. She has been writing about L.A. theater since 1986.

ALADDIN review

50%

If a glittery, sumptuous spectacle is enough to satisfy you, you’ll probably enjoy this touring company production of Disney's Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, at the Pantages Theatre through March 31. If, however, you’re one of those picky theatergoers who craves substance with your spectacle, you'll probably be disappointed.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN review

100%

Something Rotten! is a ditzy satire that takes a wry poke at wannabe-ism and artistic celebrity; while it may not be the deepest or drollest of musicals, the choreography is great, the lyrics are clever, and the comic performances are entertainingly on the mark

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CAUGHT review

100%

Caught is the sort of acerbically entertaining work whose pointed irony reflects the nausea-inducing convolutions current on our nation’s public stage — making the plentiful laughs rueful ones indeed. Iskandar directs a smart, assured ensemble...

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ROTTERDAM review

100%

...Wynne, Romans and Brophy exude a naturalness and generosity that transport you to the heart of the story — which is the struggle to hold on to love once you’ve found it.

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YOHEN review

50%

Although it tumbles off-track in its final third, the play to that point is an astute portrayal of the dynamics of a failed intimacy.

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WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN review

100%

With Love and a Major Organ opens with a couple of tentative introductory sequences, then takes off around White’s appearance as the vulnerable yet indefatigably buoyant Anabel. It’s a winning performance, from first to last.

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MICE review

0%

....Mice, short on internal logic and intellectual heft, never gets past its callow fantastical plot, and is humorless besides.

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THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT review

50%

As director, Shroyer delivers a perfectly acceptable rendering of the text, smoothly handled by all (as one would expect of a classical theater ensemble), but missing the vital spark that transforms a literary work into a glowingly dramatic one.

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THIS LAND review

100%

...under Molina’s direction, the ensemble steps to the plate, with textured portrayals that make up for any lack of depth on the page.

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