Registered Critic: Dick and Sharon Price - LA Progressive

Feb

Human Interest Story

On his way out the door, as a way to give the new editors the finger, Andy concocts a letter purportedly written by an anonymous homeless woman, Jane Doe, who’s so bereft by her plight that she promises to kill herself on the Fourth of July.

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Feb

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

On stage until March 1st at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” traces the downward spiral of jazz singer Billie Holiday’s tragic life while casting a harsh light on the racist rot at the heart of America’s soul.

Brilliantly portrayed by Karole Foreman, Billie has driven down from Harlem that afternoon to perform in the intimate cabaret setting she so loved in a seedy South Philly club. Along with her pianist and last lover Jimmy Powers (played by Stephan Terry), she recreates what would be her final performance, four months before she died of pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis in July of 1959.

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Dec

THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

Now extended through mid December, Stephen Adly Giuris’s “The Motherfucker With the Hat” explodes upon the stage at North Hollywood’s Theatre 68, blistering your ears with expletive-ladden dialog while sucking you into the screwy thought processes of addicts of one sort or another trying to take one step, if not twelve, in a better direction.

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Nov

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Extended through December at the Greenway Court Theatre, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” offers telling insights into a family dealing with a son struggling with behavioral problems, but is most compelling in the not-to-miss way the story gets told.

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Oct

Between Riverside and Crazy

Overlooking the Hudson River, in a spacious apartment on Manhattan’s posh Riverside Drive, a collection of broken souls has gathered to seek refuge if not redemption in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ dark comedy, “Between Riverside and Crazy.”

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Sep

Saugerties

Wrapping the vagaries of romance around ethical examinations of soulless scientific advances is a tall order, presenting Garrett and Coleman a challenge to make us understand the moral decisions they are making and still relate to them and care for them as real human beings. It’s a testament to their acting skill that they largely accomplish both tasks.

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Sep

THE CHINESE LADY

Deftly directed by Rebecca Wear, Suh’s story becomes a larger story than the personal interplay between the two individuals, expanding to touch on America’s long and wretched racial history...

We are left with a universal immigrant’s story, especially poignant at this dark juncture in our nation’s history, as Afong is denied even partial membership in American society at the same time that the Chinese culture wrenched from her grasp fades from her memory as the decades of her virtual slavery slip past. Her increasingly haunting decades-skipping reports to the audience draw a bright line between past racist ugliness to today’s pervasive immigrant bashing.

Dick’s rating ★★★★★

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