Non-Registered Critics: Frank Arthur

Sep

Skintight

In Skintight, Harmon brings neurotic family drama to the forefront as father and daughter contend with the age-old questions of how to age gracefully in a world obsessed with youth … and where love fits into it all.

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Oct

42ND STREET

Expect extravagant and lavish dance numbers with choreography that will be much of the same iconic choreography, but jazzed up and energized by the amazing choreographer, Kami Seymour Martin. Yes, there will be iconic hoofing, but I know that Martin will kickline all-new magic into the dance numbers. Above all, there's the tap dancing, the heartbeat of happiness. In “Keep Young and Beautiful,” “With Plenty of Money and You,” “There's a Sunny Side to Ev'ry Situation,” and “I Only Have Eyes for You,” this special step fuses effortless aplomb with a degree of difficulty to rival any corps de ballet's tandem arabesques. It's the perfect exponent and incarnation of the youth and hunger of driven dancers — both in 1933 and 2018. Shuffle off to Cerritos.

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Jul

TAR

Overall, it's an interesting premise, but as with the La Brea Tar Pits, it's mucky, sticky and inert – regardless of what lays buried beneath the surface. The acting was fine, but lacked gravitas to bring some authenticity back to the table.

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Jan

ALADDIN

A theme park of a musical, Disney Theatrical Productions' eye-popping transformation of the 1992 film into an Arabian Nights/Shangri-La/Alhambra-rich fantasyland is a fun escape from what ails you. Everything that worked in two dimensions now soars and shines in three.

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Aug

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

At its best (and there is no worst), this marvelous play is fully felt from Christopher's eyes out: The Curious Incident delivers another worthy way to wonder at the world. A visceral young actor who channels everything at just the right moment and pace, Langdon kinetically registers Christopher's anguished, electrifying living-in-the-moment. A jittery mindset that initially feels chaotic and anarchic evolves magnificently; Christopher pushes beyond the false purity of prime numbers to the messy ambivalence of flawed parents and conditional love without even once mentioning Asperger's. (Benjamin Wheelwright plays Christopher on Saturday and Sunday matinees.) The necessarily supporting performances are totally credible, both as actual adults and manifestations of Christopher's consciousness; the tight ensemble members don't just play multiple roles, they move scenery and each other around the stage.

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