Rob Stevens began reviewing in 1973for the monthly community theatre magazine, Showcase, covering the professional theatres in Los Angeles. He served as editor/co-publisher of It’s Showtime in 1996-98. He has also been a reviewer/interviewer for Dimension, Data-Boy Magazine, The Civic Star, Frontiers, Frontiers After Dark, Drama-Logue, Backstage West, L.A. Reader, Santa Barbara Independent and a few others. In 1988 he began writing the column West Coast Stages in the national publication Backstage. In recent years he has written for the websites Showmag.com, Theatremania.com, and StageHappenings.com. He is the founder of The Robby Awards which began as a listing in Showcase magazine in 1975 and has since grown into an annual awards show. The 30th Robby Awards were presented in February, 2016. He is a member of the LA Drama Critics Circle.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES review

Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott keep the action flowing at a good pace and there is a lot of energy in the mob scenes but this script never really delivers its emotional impact. The cast is competent, many playing multiple roles, but this revolution never fully ignites.

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SPAMALOT review

If you are a Monty Python fan, you need to revel in the insanity that is 3D Theatricals production of the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot. If you are a fan of the classic musical comedy genre, you need to experience the great pastiches to some of the most iconic Broadway musicals created by the inventive mind of Eric Idle

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HONKY TONK LAUNDRY review

Bets Malone and Misty Cotton are two of the Southland’s best known and most talented musical theatre performers... If you visit the Honky Tonk Laundry, you are sure to have a shit kickin’ good ole time. Shucks, the opening night audience sure did.

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME review

Playwright Simon Stephens has changed that focus, telling the tale as a play-within-a-play as Christopher’s teacher reads the book he has written and directs the cast in their various roles. This leads to a lot of “precious” and “too cute” moments that detract from Christopher and his story. Director Marianne Elliott is also guilty of overindulging with her at times “precious” staging of the story.

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HERSHEY FELDER'S "OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY" review

The show, running 105 minutes without intermission, is like an episode of Biography mixed with a classical music concert... There are even fireworks during the “1812 Overture”, just like you get yearly at the Hollywood Bowl. Our Great Tchaikovsky is much more intimate and informative.

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THE DEVIL'S WIFE review

Eric Hoff’s assured direction keeps the action moving smoothly and quickly and the cast of four each get their moment to shine and shine they do. Wallin does a masterful job as The Devil and as his elderly servant, playing off all three wives with a wicked sense of humor and carefree abandon.

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THE CAKE review

Brunstetter’s writing is pretty much one-sided...Jennifer Chambers has done a fine job of directing and the cast delivers strong performances, especially Rupp. This is one instance where you can see The Cake and get to eat it also (in the lobby after the show).

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PLEDGE review

It’s a simple plot and the actors do a fine job fleshing out the thinly written characters. Their charm and gusto make the time fly past swiftly.

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