Since creating StageSceneLA in 2007, Steven Stanley has reviewed over 2400 productions in and around Los Angeles and commemorated each year’s outstanding achievements with his annual StageSceneLA Scenies. As an actor, he has appeared on the stages of the Lillian Theatre, the Actor’s Group Theatre, the Stephanie Feurie Studio Theatre, the Gardner Stages, the Sierra Madre Playhouse, the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, and the Whittier Center Theatre. By day he teaches ESL at Cal State L.A.

ROTTERDAM review

Imagine that your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend suddenly announced that they were no longer the person you believed them to be, could you still remain coupled, or would this be a deal-breaker? It is precisely this question that lies at the heart of Jon Brittain’s Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam, now getting a riveting, thrillingly staged West Coast Premiere at Skylight Theatre on Vermont.

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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER review

You Can’t Take It With You may be Kaufman and Hart’s most enduring comedy classic, but their runner-up hit is well worth a revisit. At Actors Co-op, The Man Who Came To Dinner’s multitude of charms are every bit as captivating in 2017 as they were in ’39.

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END OF THE RAINBOW review

We may never know exactly what happened behind closed doors during Judy Garland’s five-week stint at Talk Of The Town, but Peter Quilter’s End Of The Rainbow does a darned good job of imagining it, and with the extraordinary Angela Ingersoll as Judy, audiences will have more than enough reason to stand up and cheer.

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MR. BURNS- A POST ELECTRIC PLAY review

Overused as the term one-of-a-kind may be, I guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like (or perhaps even remotely resembling) Mr. Burns. This “post-electric play” is sure to stick with you post-performance and beyond.

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YOHEN review

What could have been a must-see season opener ends up a disappointment for both East West Players and Robey Theatre Company. Yohen is as imperfect as the pots that bear its name.

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES review

A centuries-old novel turned into a decades-young play provides sexual excitement aplenty on the Antaeus Theatre Company stage. Les Liaisons Dangeureuse’s blend of depravity, duplicity, and desire is easily the headiest mix in town.

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THIS LAND review

Not only will This Land likely send you home wanting to learn more about Watts beyond the riots of ’65, it may well have you returning with friends and family in tow. L.A. theater doesn’t get more edifying, relevant, or impactful than this.

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SINNER'S LAUNDRY review

Fans of absurdist, existentialist comedies may find Sinner’s Laundry a good deal more to their liking than I did. For this reviewer at least, it’s a case of “I admire the production values and the acting” but “I could do without the play.”

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HOME review

Told in a more realistic, straightforward manner, I might have enjoyed it a good deal more than the hour-and-forty-minute theatrical poetry slam that is Samm-Art Williams’s Home, a play whose flowery language seldom engaged me despite impeccable staging and performances.

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