Registered Critic: Steven Stanley

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.
Jan

A Delicate Ship

A Delicate Ship grabbed me straight away and never let go. It moved me, it touched me, it broke my heart. What more can a reviewer wish for?

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Jan

Cabaret

Few musicals lend themselves more readily to a director's personal touch than Cabaret, just one reason audiences keep coming back for more, production after production, revival after revival, year after year. At La Mirada Theatre, Larry Carpenter's Cabaret will leave you not just entertained and moved as many have done but breathless and shaken as rarely before.

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Jan

Barefoot in the Park

Whether as a nostalgic trip back in time for post-retirement theatergoers or an entertaining “history lesson” for their grandkids, Glendale Centre Theatre's 2018 season-opener delivers everything one could possibly wish for from this early Neil Simon gem.

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Jan

Pick of the Vine - Season 16

Pick Of The Vine: This Year's Best Short Plays, delivers what few evenings of theater can guarantee—something for everyone. Pick Of The Vine indeed. There's not a dried-up raisin in the bunch.

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Jan

The Last Wife

With material as strong as Kate Hennig's script and a leading lady as mesmerizing as Olivia Saccomanno, The Last Wife has the potential to be one of Theatre 40's best. On Opening Night, at least, that potential remained not yet realized.

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Jan

Pledge

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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Jan

Bugaboo & The Silent One

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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Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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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Jan

SANTASIA - A Holiday Comedy

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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Dec

A Christmas Story

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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Dec

Ashes to Ashes

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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Nov

Bled For the Household Truth

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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Nov

deLEARious

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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Nov

SPAMILTON

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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Nov

DRIVING MISS DAISY

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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Nov

Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical

Victoria and Franklin may have shared a lifetime of Chasing Mem'ries, but other than Tyne Daly's performance, there's nothing at all mem'rable about this Different Kind Of Musical. If this is different, I'll take same-old any day.

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Nov

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

As he did on Broadway in Wicked (and on the Falcon Theatre stage as Happy Days' Fonzie), Joey McIntyre once again proves there is life beyond boy band stardom. NKOTB fans will likely fill Garry Marshall seats from now through December 10, but even if you've not heard a single one of their million-seller hits, check out how a New Kid from Needham, Mass, can make an already fanatabulous Forum extra-specially fresh and new.

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Nov

King Charles III

As compelling and rewarding as it is daring and ambitious, King Charles III cements Mike Bartlett's reputation as one of England's finest young playwrights. Following Deaf West's groundbreakingly brilliant Our Town, the venerable Pasadena Playhouse is on one humdinger of a roll.

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Nov

The Secret in the Wings

No theatergoer in search of something out of the ordinary could hope for more mesmerizing theatrical magic than that now taking place on the Lankershim Arts Center stage. The Secret In The Wings is Los Angeles theater at its most thrilling and Coeurage Theatre Company at its most coeurage-ous.

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Nov

SOMETHING ROTTEN

Clever, tuneful, hilarious, charming, and utterly irresistible, Something Rotten is as fresh as musical theater gets and as fabulous as anything you'll see between now and New Year's Eve.

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