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.

PLEDGE review

100%

With fraternity scandals once again making the evening’s headlines, the time could not be riper for Pledge to put a personal face on frat house life. Beef up its script and Shoulberg’s play could well have legs to take it even further beyond the Fringe.

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BUGABOO & THE SILENT ONE review

100%

A radical departure from One In The Chamber and A Good Family, Marja-Lewis Ryan’s previous pair of households-in-crisis living-room dramas, but no less powerful in its impact, Bugaboo & The Silent One is the award-winning writer-director at her hot-button best.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST review

50%

Some stellar lead performances and groundbreaking diversity in casting are the two best reasons to catch CASA 0101, TNY Productions, and El Centro Del Pueblo’s 99-seat staging of Disney Beauty And The Beast even without a key factor in the original Broadway production’s 5461-performance run, a production design sumptuous enough to inspire oohs and aahs.

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SANTASIA - A HOLIDAY COMEDY review

100%

When the show you’re doing sells out eighteen Decembers and counting, you must be doing something right. The folks at Santasia – A Holiday Comedy are doing just that, once again gifting L.A. audiences with the holiday season’s most crowd-pleasing blend of comedy and heart.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY review

100%

word, or you’ve somehow managed never to catch it on video or DVD or in its 24-hour TNT marathon each year from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, Sierra Madre Playhouse’s live-on-stage rendition offers multiple holiday delights to fans and newbies alike.

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ASHES TO ASHES review

100%

Providing escapist fare at a time when escape is needed more than ever, Ashes To Ashes delivers enough laughs to make it a refreshing alternative both to the day’s headlines not to mention all the Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers playing round town this time of year.

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BLED FOR THE HOUSEHOLD TRUTH review

100%

Those likely to get their knickers in a twist over bled for the household truth’s more shocking elements would probably do better seeking out G-rated fare this holiday season. The open-minded and open-hearted, on the other hand, can expect to find themselves riveted to the edges of their seats and moved to tears. I for one was both.

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DELEARIOUS review

100%

I loved deLEARious the first time I saw it back in 2008 and it’s even better in 2017. The ideal antidote to traditional holiday fare, it is once again a deLEARious delight.

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SPAMILTON review

100%

Lin-Manuel Miranda himself is quoted as having “laughed [his] brains out” at Spamilton and no wonder. Spamilton: An American Parody is every bit hilarious as each and every Forbidden Broadway before it, and even more so for those in the Hamilton know.

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DRIVING MISS DAISY review

100%

It’s been two years since the Colony Theatre ceased operations after four decades of producing some of L.A.’s finest live theater. Driving Miss Daisy is a reminder of how much this Burbank gem is missed, and with Donna Mills at her most luminous, there is reason to both cheer its return and make a holiday wish for more Colony magic in the New Year.

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