Erin developed a love for theater growing up in upstate New York, just a couple hours from Broadway. A resident of Los Angeles since 2011, she began reviewing theater in 2014 and founded On Stage & Screen. In addition, she is a Los Angeles critic for OnStage and a 2017 member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE review

100%

Elliot is emotional and effective. Directed by Shishir Kurup, no moment overstays its welcome, and the story keeps moving at an even pace, servicing all of its characters and painting both a broad picture of the experience of war and a specific portrait of one family affected by it.

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WATER BY THE SPOONFUL review

100%

The most memorable moments occur in act two, and each storyline reaches a satisfying conclusion, beautifully illustrating the many different ways meaningful human connection can manifest, whether in cyberspace or the real world.

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A DELICATE SHIP review

50%

Heavy-handed teasing makes the play’s ending inevitable and predictable. The story might be better serviced if Ziegler focused only on telling a linear story of the one eventful night...potentially meaningful moments grow frustrating, and opportunities for more depth in the character dynamics are never fully seized.

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THE HOTHOUSE review

0%

It suffers from referencing more compelling storylines that are happening offstage, while going in circles in uneventful, overwritten scenes onstage. Unless this very specific style of humor happens to suit your sensibilities, you may find yourself wondering if Pinter’s initial instinct to leave this one in the drawer was correct.

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THE CHOSEN review

50%

The experiences depicted in The Chosen are very specific ones, and as a young, non-Jewish woman who not raised in the 1940s, I found it difficult to connect to on a detailed level. Part of the feeling of specificity comes from the story containing only male characters and focusing on relationships that feel uniquely father and son rather than parent and child. That being said, when you look at the play on a more broad level, the general themes—friendship, communication, forming your own identity separate from familial expectations—are far more universal.

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ALADDIN review

50%

What the show lacks in coherency of plot it covers for in charm...In the grand scheme of Disney stage adaptations, from the very very good (The Lion King) to the very very bad (The Little Mermaid), Aladdin falls solidly and respectably somewhere in the middle. It delivers reliable entertainment that should not disappoint fans of the movie, and Casey Nicholaw’s spirited choreography and direction deliver a couple of standout numbers well worth the price of admission.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN review

100%

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, it focuses on celebrating an art and garnering as many laughs as possible. It is original in its intentional unoriginality, and the audience—myself included—ate it up. Something Rotten! is just fun, plain and simple, and is sure to warm the heart of even the most cynical of theatergoers.

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ROTTERDAM review

100%

Rotterdam has no heroes and no villains, just people doing their best in a difficult situation. It is a play that will not only make you think, but teach you about life experiences and identities you may not share, at a time in the world when understanding others and showing compassion feels so critical. Don’t miss it.

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BRIGHT STAR review

50%

Just as Alice’s life is an ongoing combination of happiness and trouble, if the aesthetic and strong production elements are the happiness of Bright Star, the story is most certainly the trouble. With the exception of Alice, none of the characters are more than one-note, and the tone, dictated by turns in the plot that are at once predictable and perplexing, is wildly inconsistent.

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES review

50%

As usual, Antaeus is doing fine work here. The actors are strong, the design elements solid, and efforts were certainly made in the production to bring the story into the 21st century and keep things interesting throughout the rather lengthy running time of two hours and 30 minutes. But there is ultimately much about the story that cannot help but feel dated.

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