Non-Registered Critics: Laura Voeth

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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Dec

Yes, Virginia

These women are outstanding actresses, delivering impeccable performances under Stan Zimmerman's keen direction... Run, don't walk, tosee “Yes, Virginia” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through December 30 at the Dorie Theatre located a 6474 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

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Nov

middle8

The dialogue and song lyrics flow naturally and provoke thought. But it is a group effort and the acting is cohesive. The Skype scene between Adam and Cassidy (Brittany Joyner) is so realistic one can almost taste the toast she is eating. When the remaining (think older) bandmates attempt to perform hip hop, the results are hilarious. We care about these people, we rejoice with them, we mourn with them.

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Oct

SILENCE! The Musical

Well, Bucket List Theatre's production manages to pull it off. Not for children, or for folks with sensitive sensibilities, this show is at once hilarious, crass, wild and silly, and is guided by a chorus of singing, dancing lambs. Really.

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Oct

A FLOCK OF MACAWS

The show is funny and poignant, pertinent and irreverent. And never boring. The show is funny and poignant, pertinent and irreverent. And never boring.

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Sep

The Rescued

Myatt and director Marya Mazor have painted each character with an animal-like brush giving the story added depth.

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Sep

ROMEO AND JULIET

Dubrovner has taken on a formidable project, and it is not without a few hiccups, but the direction is smooth and the acting professional. As intense as it was, perhaps the play could have been whittled down a bit. But the message was not lost: Romeo and Juliet were the victims of unjust hatred.

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Aug

THE MOTHER F**KER WITH THE HAT

Normally, one might object to the constant barrage of expletives, but in this show it makes sense. The playwright was at ease with the vernacular of the streets, the actors were believable and the direction was smooth. The cast was brilliant last Saturday night. (The cast alternates, but under Gifford's expert direction, it is difficult to imagine a sub-par performance.)

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Apr

SQUIRREL!!!

Her story was honest as she bared her soul for all to see...it was clear that this woman was unstoppable.

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