Non-Registered Critics: Dena Burroughs

Jul

Moby Dick - Rehearsed

It is not often that one’s imagination becomes an additional and necessary character during a performance, but that is the case in MOBY DICK – REHEARSED. For that reason, this play will be enjoyed best by those who have read the original novel. It is great fun and the actors do a superb job helping you believe that there’s a white whale lurking right behind you. It’s a satisfying piece of theater that makes you appreciate having read the novel back in high school.

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Jul

An Enemy of the People

The dialogue is as easy to follow as its message is clear – the insistent search for the mighty dollar, the compulsion to fulfill personal interests without considering the welfare of others, and society’s nerve to punish and ignore those who speak up, are all actual enemies of the people.

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Jun

Twelfth Night

Music has a way to make great things even better, and in this case, also hilarious. This production makes the audience giggle throughout, and as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun!

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Jun

A Streetcar Named Desire

At its most obvious, the play is about the decline of a woman’s mental state, but critics have said that it also represents the death of the aristocratic old South of the United States and the ascent of the working class. This means that you will go home with lots to think about. Look forward to an intense show; one that will hold your interest throughout.

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May

Anna in the Tropics

ANNA IN THE TROPICS is a great play. It is the story that got Cruz his 2003 Pulitzer Prize and put him in the limelight. It's nicely delivered at the Open Fist Company, and I'm sure that you will enjoy it.

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Apr

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a lovely show that may remind you of your own family and that will certainly send you home singing. Sound and lighting are always perfect at the Pantages, so this is a musical that you will certainly enjoy.

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Apr

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

At La Mirada, “Don Lockwood” is performed by Michael Starr, a wonderful singer and dancer that delivers the main song of the show – “Singin' in the Rain” – fantastically. He is helped by an amazing stage, on which it rains torrents and where the actor ends up looking like he really danced under a storm. This scene alone makes making the outing worth your time...

These four principal artists are supported by another twenty actors, dancers, and singers, each of them uber talented. Add to that a flawless 14-piece orchestra, and do not doubt that you are in for an outstanding show.

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Apr

Argonautika

Don't let the idea of watching Greek mythology scare you; ARGONAUTIKA is easy to understand and meant to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages...

This production of ARGONAUTIKA is a sensory feast that includes actors swinging from ropes and working from the aisles, fabric that is made to look like the ocean, a singer twirling from aerial silks, battles, songs, and much more...

It's an enchanting show that will make you look at the stars in the sky with a new purpose.

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Apr

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's message in JULIUS CAESAR is clear as water in this production, which is also inspired on a 1937 edition of an Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre production. It will send you home wondering whether it is better to do the right thing for the wrong reasons, or the wrong thing for the right reasons, and whether, if pressed, you would choose man or country. Tremendously thought-provoking and delivered by a terrific cast, JULIUS CAESAR is certainly worth seeing.

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Mar

The Glass Menagerie

Goldstein, Mahaffy, and Soto are three of the best actors in the ANW company, this time portraying complicated and conflicted people that are relatable...

THE GLASS MENAGERIE is an enjoyable play that you should see.

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Mar

Othello

They are four principal characters well supported by a talented cast of ten, who together offer an outstanding, intense, and even heartbreaking show.

Should you watch it? Definitely!...OTHELLO is a most appropriate play for our time.

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Mar

Tuesdays with Morrie

The actors deliver an emotional story that hardly keeps a dry eye in the house. It's, however, sprinkled with humor and witty lines that are well delivered and welcomed.

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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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