Registered Critic: Dale Reynolds

Dale Reynolds has been an arts critic (theatre/film/DVDs) for most of his adult life, even when acting (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) or producing (2004 Regional Emmy Award for co-producing THE CRIS FRANCO SHOW for KCET) or touring with his one-man Thomas Jefferson show, THE MAN FROM MONTICELLO. A native Southern Californian, he is a U.S. Navy Veteran and an activist for LGBT causes.
Jun

Diana of Dobson's

This is a curious museum-piece that still speaks to us in these unsettling times for democracies around the world, as well as for the continued growth of the woman’s movement. Definitely worth seeing.

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May

Daniel's Husband

Director Levy makes sure the actors reach their emotional goals, and every one of them makes the most of their moments. Watching the four middle-aged actors not over-or under-play their characters’ wants and needs is a joy to behold...

This is an exciting piece of quality theatre and works for all with its clarity on the issues and its strong emotional resonance.

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Jan

deLEARious

This take on "King Lear" is definitely not for the faint of heart, and is a boon for those of us who love low-level buffoonery, but less would have worked a bit better. Far too much noise while punning and dancing for those with gentle ears. Still... how much do we ever get from using tragedies as jumping-off points of humor? Not often enough, as it turns out.

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Oct

Stupid Kid

Director Cameron Watson has taken this offensive play and shaped it into something watchable with excellent actors who, in truth, make it a meaningful event. That there is no one to root for, including everyone in this low-IQ'd family, and the young woman who is so evilly abused by good-ol'-boy Uncle Mike, makes it a rough time. And White's tacked-on "happy" ending doesn't help it.

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Oct

MASTER CLASS

It's a fun evening, exploring how art lives behind the personality of any artist.

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Oct

The Madwoman of Chaillot

Director Stephanie Shroyer does what she can with her superb cast to make it entertaining, but is sabotaged from the beginning by the playwright.

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Oct

HEAD OF PASSES

This is a remarkable and authoritative performance, showing all of us what great acting is. And that only happens when great writing allows us to scale the heights.

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Oct

Fixed

The timing is right for plays or films to address the issues surrounding variations of sexuality, and Alvarez' contribution is in the right direction, but the playwright needs to more fully explore the placement of these folk into our political and social landscape.

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Sep

Big Night

But without great actors delivering the quality dialogue under empathic direction, Rudnick's play might seem heavy-handed or perhaps too cute. But, surprisingly, it isn't. The play flows naturally, with Rudnick's well-acknowledged flair with comedic moments making us laugh through our tears.

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Sep

Grey Nomad

It's truly a lovely show, with proper dignity and foolishness intertwining to make it a fun evening.

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Sep

THE LOST CHILD

Daddio and Smith certainly hit their emotional marks squarely on, but the undercurrents of their relationship are not explored well-enough in the script for the couple to show us more.

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Aug

The Devil's Wife

Stephanie Kurley Schwartz's set is attractive, but Jeff McLaughlin's lighting design–referred to by the characters–doesn't hold up as needed. Mike Mahaffey's fight direction is fierce and Sarah Figoten Wilson successfully mashes modernism into the late Victorian costumes. I can be the devil's advocate and relate that, overall, it's a fun evening; but for future productions, the devil's in the details.

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Aug

As You Like It

Directed by Shakespearean scholar Rob Clare, his cast is impeccable in the diction, rhythm and scansion of the text. (The Text Coach was Elizabeth Swain, who knows her way around Elizabethan Theatre.) And the wit in the play was fully on display.

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Jul

A Steady Rain - The Broadway smash hit by Keith Huff, 2nd extension! Aug 4-20

This is theater at its best potential: emotional, thoughtful, humorous and very, very sad. Go. Stay. Enjoy. And be prepared to weep on the way home.

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Jul

The Cake

It's a strikingly lovely play, never condescending to its characters, very funny, and, with Rupp, an actress I blush to admit about whom I had never heard, an actress who gives a master class in comic timing with her Della: subtle, wise, fast-moving, never faltering, which makes her anguish all the more palpable...This is exceptional theater, in the writing, directing, acting and in the smart use of the wide stage...It's always fun and rewarding to see theater that so boldly attacks the issues of the day, so see it now.

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Jun

In the Valley of the Shadow

In The Valley of the Shadow is powerful theater, indeed...makes for an engrossing and emotional theatrical experience.

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Jun

Species Native to California

It's a clever evening, well directed by Gonda, and exceedingly well-acted by the ensemble. I was impressed by the specific work of Zuker and Elizarraraz, melding into the quality work of everyone else.

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May

The Sweetheart Deal

It is a disappointing evening, much to be regretted, but the playwright is perhaps half-way there, so it deserves a re-working and re-mounting. Whether or not a history belongs to us, we need to know about them, and they're easily learned in this kind of venue.

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Mar

Building the Wall

Director Michael Michetti, on the postage-sized stage, allows his two actors plenty of time to make their points -- intellectual and emotional -- giving us the opportunity to listen carefully and formulate our own opinions.

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Mar

Disinherit the Wind

This is an unusual evening of theater, smart, well-directed by Gary Lee Reed, and nicely-acted. The play itself will have a future life on college or university campuses. Catch it if you can.

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