Registered Critic: Jill Weinlein

Graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Theater Arts, her training gave her an understanding and appreciation for the writing, directing, acting and the technical team. Besides reviewing community and big Broadway shows, she lives in Los Angeles and writes restaurant reviews for the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News. Her reviews can be viewed on dineandtravel.me.
Dec

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

For an enchanting holiday experience that will have you clapping and singing in your seats, “Love Actually Live” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will lift your spirits.

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Dec

COME FROM AWAY

“Come From Away” will have you walking out of the theatre with a warm heart and hope that we as a nation, even in the worst times, can come together to selflessly love thy neighbor no matter what country, religion or gender.

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Nov

A BRONX TALE

Directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, A BRONX TALE has the audience walking out of the Pantages smiling.

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Nov

VALLEY OF THE HEART

Go See Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum... One walks away reflecting on the injustice today's immigrants are facing as they struggle to provide a future for their American-born children. It's eerily a repeat of history as our current administration pulls apart families and separates them into relocation camps.

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Oct

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

The cast is splendid in their roles and the songs soar filling the entire theatre, yet the story line fails at the end with its weak consequence for such a selfish plot by a teenage boy.

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Sep

THE CAKE

It's sweet and funny at times, in fact, I was relieved to be laughing, due to the seriousness of the subject manner. However, the play crumbles a times with it's pacing, and silly semi-naked food scenes.

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Sep

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

My head was spinning after watching this play. I thought the acting from this talented cast was strong, and I wanted to love this premise, yet I feel it still needs some work and about 15 minutes shaved in certain scenes.

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Sep

"BLACK!"

This ninety minute show will inspire all who see it. This ninety minute show will inspire all who see it. This ninety minute show will inspire all who see it.

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Sep

SWEAT

SWEAT is a little too long in some scenes, and I did notice a few audience members leave. However, they missed out on seeing one of the most powerful scenes with a surprising twist.

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Aug

Hershey Felder: Beethoven

Not only is Felder a brilliant actor, concert pianist, storyteller, he also is a historian. Right now at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, he is telling a masterful story about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Jul

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

What does actress Amanda Peet know about playwriting? Actually a lot. In her new world premiere play at the Geffen Playhouse, she tells quite a good story with director Tyne Rafaeli and a talented cast. ...If you are a parent of a child involved in sports, this is a play you will not want to miss.

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Jun

Skeleton Crew

This is the third installment of Dominique Morisseau's acclaimed trilogy “The Detroit Project.” Morisseau's dialect and dialogue offer poignant lines about global change that continues today, even after the recession. Factory workers are a dying breed. What enhances this play is sound designer Everett Elton Bradman's choice of Motown music featuring The Supremes, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.

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Jun

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Irons is magnificent as Eugene O'Neill's father, James. With the flick of his hair, light of a cigarette, roll of an eye, and a faint hint of a smile, he is fascinating to watch. It's just so easy for him to take this role and make it feel so real. This great actor is one of only a few to win a Tony, Oscar, an Emmy award.

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Jun

You in Midair

Danna is a descriptive playwright, not an actress, yet her performance had me paralyzed in my seat. I couldn't move as I sat riveted listening to her story... It uncomfortable trying to console someone dealing with grief and people with well intensions, sometimes say the wrong thing. That's when Danna infuses humor in a play so dark and sad. Danna's  scene where she and her mother have a blowout at LAX, and another when the two Rabbis have a smackdown at Rebecca's funeral, gives us permission to laugh out loud. It's hard to chuckle when the subject is about death, but Danna encourages it with her storytelling and facial expressions.

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May

Auto Draft reviewed by

It's one of those productions where you sit at the edge of your seat and will not only dissect the plot in the car ride home but for days afterward. This show is a winner!

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Dec

ICEBERGS

Watching the World Premiere of Icebergs at the Geffen Playhouse, written by Alena Smith, and directed by Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney, reminded me of a Saturday Night Live sketch of The Californians, only better. It's a hilarious look at a present day Los Angeles couple and their friends, all in their thirties.

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Nov

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

It's quite a story directed and acted brilliantly by each cast member, that leaves audience members walking out of the theatre expressing out loud, “Wow, that was intense.”

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