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.
Dec

AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL

With Soo's star on the rise and audiences more in need of romance , hope , and happy endings than ever (and with some artful tweaking here and there) , Amélie , A New Musical may be just what the Broadway doctor ordered.

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Dec

OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY reviewed by Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA

Though it is now too late for L.A. audiences to fall under Other People's Money's provocative spell , those who caught Jerry Sterner's still potent gem during its two-month run can count themselves fortunate indeed. (If only Larry's victims had been so lucky.)

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Dec

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

Adults are reminded to leave all grown-up cynicism at the door , let loose their inner child , and cheer and boo to their heart's delight. With Panto back at the Playhouse , there's no funner (or funnier) way to spend a Winter Night or Kiddie Matinee than with Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight.

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Dec

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL

Like CSUN's Parade , the Chance's Hairspray , and CSUF's Rent before it , Coeurage Theatre Company's Urinetown proves another Kari Hayter stunner , an out-of-the-ordinary intimate-scale musical treat that should top any musical theater lover's list of must-see shows this fall.

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Dec

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Broadway couldn't do it any better than the breathtaking revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along now playing at Beverly Hills' Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts, not unless they too could get recent Tony nominee Michael Arden on board to direct with the same originality and flair he brought to last season's Spring Awakening or come up with a cast as spectacular as the one at the Wallis.

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Dec

ICEBERGS

Though strangers when we met last night, Calder, Abigail, Reed, Molly, and Nicky quickly became five vibrant, engaging, utterly real human beings I'd gladly spend another ninety minutes with if not more. Simply put, Icebergs is contemporary American theater at its best.

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Dec

LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE

It wouldn't be Christmas at the Falcon without the Troubies, and The Little Drummer Bowie is the Troubies at their uniquely entertaining best. Reserve your tickets asap because like [Joseph Leo] Bwarie's sizzler of a Ziggy, they'll sure to be be the hottest in town.

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Dec

BOB'S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY

Whether you've attended all 21 Office Parties or this is your very first time at Bob's, the E-Z Insurance Agency's annual holiday shindig is the place to be for a winter walk on the wilder side. Leave it to Bob to leave'em laughing … and begging for more come next December.

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Dec

MOM'S DEAD

Dysfunctional families have guaranteed theatrical fireworks since the Ancient Greeks, and families don't get much more dysfunctional than the Thompsons in Nathan Wellman's darkly comedic Mom's Dead, a frequently compelling if overly padded World Premiere from Sacred Fools.

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Dec

BAKERSFIELD MIST

Like Yasmina Reza's Art, Bakersfield Mist poses questions about just what constitutes art, and you may well find yourself debating the topic with your fellow playgoers after O'Hara and Ullett have taken their bows. What you're unlikely to be debating is what an absolutely captivating play Sachs has written. The definition of art may divide audience members, but on Bakersfield Mist, I'd venture to guess that sentiments are likely to be close to unanimous wows.

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Dec

The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!

No matter who got your vote in this past week's elections, Deb Hiett's comedy gem will have you laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and standing up to cheer. I can't think of better theatrical medicine to help heal wounds and bring us together this fall than The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!

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Dec

WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES

History relegated Billy Strayhorn to the shadows behind superstars Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. When Jazz Had The Blues aims to rectify that by giving him his moment in the spotlight he so richly deserves. If you're anything like me, you'll rejoice that it does.

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Dec

THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP AND AMERICA'S SWEETHEART

As a Hollywood history lesson, a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at a pair of movie legends, and a thought-provoking reminder that “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,” The Consul, The Tramp, And America's Sweetheart could hardly arrive at a more propitious time. It is Theatre 40 at its very best.

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Dec

KENTUCKY

Following a series of East West Players winners, Kentucky disappoints as often as it delights. Despite offering a number of pleasures along the way to its gratifyingly touching climax, it is not the 51st-season opener that this reviewer (and longtime EWP fan) was hoping for

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