Non-Registered Critics: Dena Burroughs

Feb

RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL

The important themes of the America of the 1900s continue to be just as important today – classism, racism, and immigration, for example. RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL touches on them all, showing us how far we’ve come and how far we’ve still to go, but it does it with music that elevates the spirit and sends you home feeling hopeful. Welcome hope into your heart, and go see this show!

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Feb

MAN OF GOD

A most thought-provoking play, it gives you no precise resolution; perhaps because it wants you to make one up yourself.

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Feb

The Importance of Being Earnest

This play is a long one, stretching two and a half hours with two ten-minute intermissions, but it’s quite entertaining and, as you know, time just flies when you’re having fun.

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Dec

The Wonderful Winter of Oz

Although this is a family show, the writing is quite clever, keeping the adults consistently amused and the children thoroughly entertained.

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Nov

A BRONX TALE

Overall, A BRONX TALE makes for a fun night at the theater. It’s colorful, full of fabulous live music performed by an orchestra that is certainly one of the highlights of the show.

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Nov

THE COLOR PURPLE

This is a fabulous production. It will make you tear up, and it will make you laugh out loud. It proves that no huge stage is needed to send an audience home happy and inspired. This is, for sure, the one musical you should not miss this month.

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Nov

Letters From Home

LETTERS FROM HOME is attention-grabbing, told with words, music, singing, projections, old pictures, and artistic panels on the stage that at one point seem to find life of their own. It is a nicely told story, pretty easy to follow and straightforward, up to the last 10 minutes, which become more artsy as Ung delivers lines from various Shakespeare plays that she feels match the sentiment of her play. LETTERS FROM HOME will move you to learn more about the Cambodian genocide. If you have a friend from Cambodia, please take him or her along.

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Nov

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Coming and going through the train cars, the actors tell you a delightful story that is funny, attention-grabbing, with an ending that (if you have not read it) will surprise and amuse you.

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Nov

VIETGONE

The all Asian American cast tells a tale about immigration that sounds and feels authentic. Most interestingly, it gives an opinion about the Vietnam War that is different than the usual.

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Oct

FIGHTING SHADOWS WITH RICHARD CABRAL – SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

The performance, directed by Diane Rodriguez, is strikingly powerful and absolutely deserving of your going to the theater.

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Oct

Steambath

STEAMBATH’s political incorrectness may both surprise and amuse you. Measured by our modern sensibilities, the play is at times both racist and misogynistic… You go into STEAMBATH hoping for a few laughs (well, with a comedian in it and all) and, although it is entertaining, the play gives you more food for thought than what you would expect.

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Oct

The Tempest

The actors periodically interact with the audience, keeping the ambiance light and friendly. Their costumes are simple and every actor portrays multiple characters, differentiating one from the next with a hat or a face mask. For that reason, I feel this production is better enjoyed by those who know the play well and can pick up on the character switches with ease.

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Sep

Haiti

HAITI is both interesting and entertaining. It has a large cast of excellent actors, a couple of great sword fights, and some sweet emotional moments. The beautiful hillside theater is a perfect backdrop for the play.

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Jul

Mutt House

MUTT HOUSE is funny, wholesome, and family oriented. It promotes love for animals and no-kill shelters. It’s a good time that you can share with your family, and a wonderful opportunity to ignore reality and give way to make-believe.

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Jul

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

This production’s diverse cast is a wonderful reflection of Los Angeles. Some of the actors are new with the company, such as Julia Aks, playing Helena wonderfully. Others are veteran members, such as Evan Lewis Smith, playing Oberon and, once again, gifting us with an amazing performance… This is a fantastic, most recommended, production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

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Jun

Coriolanus

There are plenty of exciting fight scenes, choreographed by Aaron Hendry and Dane Oliver. The performance is enhanced by Marshall McDaniel’s original music and sound design.

Time goes by quickly while watching this production of CORIOLANUS, which is always a sign that the cast has captured your fancy and taken you along for the story.

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Jun

The Crucible

At Theatricum, the talented cast grabs your attention, takes you deep into the story, and in the process warns you about the dangers of mindless following.

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Jun

Newsies

Every show presented at La Mirada Theatre is worthwhile entertainment. NEWSIES is no different. You will certainly enjoy this energetic musical.

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Jun

AS WE BABBLE ON

I like when the sunshine punches through the gray,” he told angryasianman.com. AS WE BABBLE ON is exactly that. It presents the struggles of young adults to achieve their dreams in a difficult economy, but with a good dose of humor added to it.

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May

The Immigrant

This foursome delivers the story with humor and depth, allowing THE IMMIGRANT to resonate for everyone in the audience….THE IMMIGRANT was written in 1985 and yet is strikingly relevant today. As an added benefit, you will learn a thing or two about Shabbat and the Jewish faith. Definitely go see it.

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