Non-Registered Critics: Laura Voeth

Mar

Canceled/Postponed - Tales of Modern Motherhood: Part 2 Gender and Identity This sh*t just TRANS…formed

Although the subject matter is sensitive, Levin deals with it with loads of humor and heart. Her storytelling is lively and clever, and her performance rings true...

The audience is on her side from beginning to end. She is a compassionate, caring mom, and a delightful performer.

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Mar

The Book That Won't Close: Confessions of a Love Addict

The show is directed by the amazing Jessica Lynn Johnson. It employs music, dance, visual projections and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Bob Lo Paro. It is sometimes abstract, and moves so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. The language is rough: definitely not for children. But it is immensely entertaining and acutely thought provoking. T.L. is a gifted singer/songwriter.

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Jan

Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits' Journey Through Breast Cancer

Heather Keller wrote and stars in “Chemo Barbie,” a powerful, life-affirming play about the survival of breast cancer...Chemo Barbie is a one-woman show at the Whitefire Theatre Solofest 2018, written and performed by Heather Keller, under the adroit direction of Jessica Lynn Johnson. The piece takes you on Heather’s journey from cancer diagnosis to her final treatment. You are right there with her, through the grieving process, the disbelief and anger, to the joy and celebration of getting her port removed at last. The one-hour show moves quickly, but covers a lot of ground...Although her portrayal of some of the characters in her story were a bit over the top, it helped the audience distinguish them as individuals. Heather’s energy was tremendous...She’s not slowing down, not one bit.

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Dec

Tap Dancing My Way To The Nuthouse

Jassem is an accomplished tap dancer and mime artist, and she uses these techniques to tell her story. While her dance steps are generally not overly complicated, they are effective in conveying mood, the passage of time, and so on. The mime could be a little tighter, and although we get the feeling of her hopelessness at being trapped, her confinement changed shape from time to time.

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Nov

Jack and the Giant

The productions are lavish and of a professional quality. The costumes, sets and props are clever and colorful, and largely made by the volunteers. Even the Giant’s face, part of a 10-foot structure, was created by the actress who plays Jack’s mother, Judy Claverie. The performers give it their all under Julia Holland’s direction, and the result is a delightful afternoon of children’s theatre.

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Nov

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been performed zillions of times, in many different styles. The Porters of Hellsgate production blends traditional with modern, has a few gender crossovers, and…it works!

The direction by Gus Krieger is energetic and exciting, and the actors are spot-on. Shakespeare isn’t always easy to perform or understand, but this troupe roped the audience in with their clarity and exuberance. Los Angeles has a plethora of acting ensembles, and this group ranks among the best.

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Oct

BARRYMORE

He captures the essence of Barrymore so completely that one can almost envision that iconic “profile” when he turns his head…

In this comedy, sometimes corny, sometimes downright crude (and not for minors), Benedict grasps the nuances of Barrymore -his humor, his pathos and his downhill slide. Luce’s dialogue and Benedict’s performance gives us more insight into the complex creature that was Barrymore.

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Oct

THE EDGAR ALLAN SHOW

For an evening of chuckles and unabashed silliness, go see The Edgar Allan Show at The Two Roads Theater. Ari Stidham (writer/director/composer) has put together a show like none other, based on the life and works of writer Edgar Allan Poe...

The incredibly talented and funny cast is spoofing our hero, Edgar... Great fun for all ages and just in time for Halloween.

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Oct

THE EDGAR ALLAN SHOW

For an evening of chuckles and unabashed silliness, go see The Edgar Allan Show at The Two Roads Theater. Ari Stidham (writer/director/composer) has put together a show like none other, based on the life and works of writer Edgar Allan Poe.

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Sep

FERTILE: At Solofest via LIVESTREAM!

The characters she has created are mostly fictional, and are well drawn out and unique. Her transformations from one character to another are clean, crisp and appear effortless.  Well done.

It would be a mistake to omit mention of the keen direction of Jessica Lynn Johnson, whose expertise has kept many of these solo shows flowing smoothly. The script is packed with humor, but also raises some ethical questions.

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Aug

OTHERWISE ENGAGED

The play, under the able direction of Linda Alznauer, is clever and moves at a quick pace.

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Jul

Enerjoyce...Evolution of a Pisces Baby Boomer

Fidler’s Pisces personalities, Flo and Sam, are clearly differentiated through her voice and body language. Her tale is warm and funny, and told with the wisdom that comes with experience.

Directed by solo theatre “guru” Jessica Lynn Johnson, the blocking is succinct.

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May

SHAME OF THRONES: The Musical

For die-hard Game of Thrones fans, Shame of Thrones—The Musical is a must-see. But even if you’ve never seen a single episode of the HBO phenomenon, this spoof is loads of fun. Directed by Rachael Stein, with an outrageously talented cast, the show is nonstop laughs.

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May

THE COLUMBINE PROJECT

The play is not easy to watch, especially as it is a true story. With Bree Pavey’s powerful direction and the incredible talents of cast and crew, as well as the current social climate, it should be seen. But brace yourself.

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Apr

WORKING 2020

The acting is intense, and the stories, compelling.

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Apr

BRUSHES: A Comedy of Hairs

Hair-lariously directed by Kevin Bailey, Brushes is 90 minutes of laughter and silly hair-inspired stories, framed by film of old shampoo ads, which add a touch of nostalgia for the more “mature” in the audience. The actors are brilliant, as they fly from one vignette to the next, creating unique characters along the way. What is truly delightful about the show is that everyone has fun!

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Mar

James and the Giant Peach

If you have kids, take them to see James and the Giant Peach presented by the Nine O'Clock Players. If you don't have kids, borrow some. This magical production is worth the trip.

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Mar

HOLLYWOODN'T

She speaks candidly about sex and her own sexuality. Although the subject of abuse is no laughing matter, Lisa's use of body language (and “talking” body parts) keeps the audience enthralled.

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Feb

The Importance of Being Earnest

The direction by Michael Marchak is fast-paced and crisp, and the actors, so great. The play, a bit daunting at first, at two hours, 20 minutes, with two intermissions, moves so quickly, that time passes in a flash. Wilde's dialogue is witty and the actors are up to it.

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Feb

Death House

The play left a few questions unanswered, and some of the direction seemed a bit contrived. But it forced us to question our convictions: Is everything just black or white? Do all killers deserve to be executed? Would we still feel that way if we knew what was in their heads?

Powerful stuff.

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