Don Shirley writes a column about LA theater for LA Observed. Don covered theater for 16 years as a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times. He also has been the theater critic of LA CityBeat and a columnist and an editor for LA Stage Times. Before his LA career, he was on the staff of The Washington Post for six years. He is a member of Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and American Theatre Critics Association.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Although it pops with Sondheim's usual lyrical wit and intelligence, it's also one of the most durably poignant productions in the entire canon of musicals. Until now, "Merrily" had never received a Broadway-caliber production in Los Angeles County. I've seen five versions here, but none of these came close to the depth and delicacy of the Wallis production, staged by Michael Arden.

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ICEBERGS

"Icebergs" isn't especially challenging or memorable. The scope and urgency of confronting climate change, especially in the wake of the Trump victory, loom over this little play.

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