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.
Nov

Rotterdam

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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Nov

The Man Who Came To Dinner

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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Nov

End of the Rainbow

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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Nov

Mr. Burns- a post electric play

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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Nov

Yohen

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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Nov

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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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Oct

This Land

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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Oct

Sinner's Laundry

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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Oct

Redline and Sinner's Laundry

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary of edgy, electrifying Los Angeles theater-making, IAMA opens Season 10 with an emotional wallop. Redline is well worth a beeline to the Lounge.

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Oct

Home

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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Oct

Tribes

I've waited four years since seeing Tribes' original New York cast at the Mark Taper Forum for a second chance to experience Nina Raine's breathtaking play. Chance Theater's 100% SoCal cast, director, and design team have made it more than worth the wait.

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Oct

A Tale of Two Cities

At a mere three years of age, Mike Boulton's adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Tale Of Two Cities may well be A Noise Within's youngest play ever. “Classic Theatre, Modern Magic” indeed. I don't believe I've ever loved an A Noise Within production as much as this.

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Oct

Wicked Lit 2017

Mystery theater lovers won't want to miss Wicked Lit 2017. There's truly no other show in town even remotely like it.

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Oct

Runaway Home

With floods and fires and quakes and droughts and other natural disasters continuing to wreak their havoc a dozen years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans hard, Runaway Home could not arrive at a more propitious time. Thanks to Jeremy J. Kamps and the Fountain, attention is being paid.

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Oct

Mrs. Warren's Profession

As long as women struggle to succeed in what remains far too resolutely a man's world, George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession will still have much to say to contemporary audiences. At A Noise Within, it says it quite eloquently indeed.

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Oct

With Love and a Major Organ

Whimsical, magical, and authentically real in its depiction of the vagaries of the human heart, With Love And A Major Organ will likely touch anyone's major organ provided it's neither paper nor stone. It definitely touched mine.

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Oct

Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy, playwright Ike Holter and the L.A. LGBT Center's gripping, gut-punching follow-up to their 2015 critical/box-office smash Hit The Wall [is] one of Fall 2017's must-see productions.

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Oct

MASTER CLASS

Said to be one of Garry Marshall's favorite plays, Terrence McNally's Master Class proves an ideal choice to reopen the theater that now pays tribute to his legend. With Carolyn Hennesy giving the performance of a lifetime, this Master Class is masterful indeed.

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Oct

OUR TOWN

No matter how many times you've seen Thornton Wilder's most enduring classic (and no matter if one too many school and/or community theater productions has had you swearing off any more), Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theatre's Our Town is absolutely, under no circumstances, to be missed.

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Oct

Spamalot

Following 3-D Theatricals' best-ever Oklahoma! revival, the myriad delights of Monty Python's Spamalot make it the summer's most rib-tickling musical comedy treat.

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