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 WALK IN THE WOODS review

100%

The current production at Actors Co-Op has been skillfully directed by Ken Sawyer in the intimate confines of the Crossley Theatre. The audience comes to feel they are nearly seated on the same bench as the negotiators... A Walk in the Woods is a joy to experience.

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THE HOTHOUSE review

100%

Director Nike Doukas has guided her talented cast into finding their inner madmen and demons and letting their freak flag fly. It is a very dark and disturbing comedy and a rare bit of theatrical history to see this early and seldom produced piece of Pinter. The Hothouse turns out to be a true madhouse.

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THE CHOSEN review

100%

It’s a heartwarming and deeply felt story brought wonderfully and vividly to life by Levy’s spot on direction and the superb talents of his quartet of actors...The Chosen is sure to be chosen as one of 2018’s best. Don’t miss it!

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CABARET review

100%

McCoy Rigby Entertainment and director Larry Carpenter have mounted a visually, aurally and emotionally stunning production to kick start 2018. It’s a production not to be missed!

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A DELICATE SHIP review

50%

Ziegler has written an interesting take on the memory play format with all three characters sharing memories, some from the future as well as the past. However there is a big problem in Ziegler’s script, which at 80 minutes is nearly twice as long as it needs to be for the situation she has created. Nate is such an unpleasant character you don’t want to spend that much time in his company

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ALADDIN review

50%

If you can go into the show with the enthusiasm and critical awareness of a hyper screaming nine year old, Disney Aladdin will suit you fine.

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FREUD'S LAST SESSION review

100%

This is the rare one-act play you wish was longer so you could experience even more intellectual fireworks and first class acting. Freud’s Last Session should be one of the first plays you see in 2018.

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THE SECRET IN THE WINGS review

100%

In 1991 writer/director Mary Zimmerman, a Tony award winner for Metamorphoses (her take on Roman poet Ovid’s tales), took some of the more obscure and dark tales and created The Secret in the Wings. Coeurage Theatre Company has created a fascinating and disturbing production of the play at the Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood...The secret may be in the wings, but the magic is clearly on the stage

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SOMETHING ROTTEN review

100%

There is nothing rotten to be found in Something Rotten!, a joyously over-the-top musical at the Ahmanson Theatre that spoofs and celebrates anything and everything about musical theatre. How can you not love a musical that celebrates The Black Death in song?

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