Kurt Gardner is a cultural critic and digital marketing professional. He reviews film, theater, and music for Blogcritics and ArtsBeatLA.

DEFINITION OF MAN review

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Challenging, insightful, and artistically striking, Definition of Man is an impressive achievement that combines language with movement to create a refreshingly original work.

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APATHY KILLED THE CAT review

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The performers all fulfill their roles well, especially Stall and Woodley, whose edgy relationship is essential to the piece. Lisman’s direction is effective, particularly during the surreal fantasy sequences.

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SLASHED! THE MUSICAL review

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Brimming with groan-inducing, era-appropriate gags and well performed by an appealing cast, Slashed! may well make you want to dig out your old VHS player and pop in your original release of Friday the 13th.

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ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL review

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Zombie Clown Trump is a well-intentioned satire of the Trump presidency, but it’s a hit-or-miss collection of gags and song spoofs that are too random to form a cohesive whole. However well-deserved this righteous anger may be, there are too many targets and too many underdeveloped plot points here to make for a satisfying satire.

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AIRPLANE LIVE! review

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The Zucker Brothers’ classic is reimagined for the stage in 'Airplane Live!', an entertaining production that preserves the spirit of the film while making some modifications to bring it into the 21st century.

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THE NEW BAD BOYS OF MAGIC review

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Cleverly weaving prestidigitation into a comedic storyline, The New Bad Boys of Magic is certainly one of the first shows that can describe itself as a “relationship comedy with magic.” It’s a great concept, and Donohue and Siegel have both the comic and magical chops to pull it off.

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