Katie started reviewing theater in 2008 and has been a theater critic in L.A. since 2012. She is a member of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle.

RESOLVING HEDDA review

The comedy is sharp, with contemporary references that (mostly) don’t feel like they’re trying too hard. Klein handles comedy and commentary best, which gives the play’s first 15 minutes an exhilarating feel. But as the show tries to address more of the original plot, it gets bogged down, and the second half of the first act moves slowly.

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BIG NIGHT review

There are some truly funny moments in Big Night, and it’s commendable that the playwright is trying to tackle big issues — he just doesn’t tackle any of those issues particularly well. The play makes half-baked statements about gun control, base desires for revenge, and what it means to have a platform to speak out about important social issues. Ultimately, however, Rudnick does not use his own platform to say anything meaningful about anything.

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TROUBLE IN MIND review

Under Ellen Geer’s direction, the cast handles the show’s comedy adeptly, and Childress’s play is brought to life with a self-aware sense of humor — as if to say, “look how little things have changed since the 50s.” The play effectively lets white audiences laugh at — and think that they’re superior to — the racist white characters, but the show’s later moments indicate the complicity of white audiences 60-odd years after the play was written.

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KING OF THE YEES review

King of the Yees is an exciting new work that plays with the theatrical form in a fun and engaging way. It’s not a perfect play, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable, and Yee is a fresh voice worth listening to.

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