Non-Registered Critics: Mary Mallory

Nov

Champ & His Four Women

Shulman brings a light though thoughtful look at grieving, healing, and moving on, blending tender moments with comic relief in his moving script. Director Stan Mazin keeps action intimate and personal in the small space.

Champ and His Four Women takes an emotional and nuanced look at grieving.

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Nov

Elijah

A powerful look at mercy, retribution and reconciliation, the West Coast premiere of Elijah offers fine acting and directing in a story of letting go of preconceptions and accepting ambiguity and difference.

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Nov

THE ART OF DINING

Director Gloria Gifford creates exuberant vignettes of each set of diners wrestling with their own issues, a smorgasbord of tics, attitudes and psychological problems. She keeps the nonstop action flowing as freely as the wine, as each diner tries to satiate their own desires.

Production design is superb, from the overly decorated 1970s look to the actual kitchen where the food is prepared. Costumes and sound add panache and flash.

As tantalizing as its prepared meals, The Art of Dining provides a hilarious evening of sensual pleasures.

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Oct

George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Staying pretty close to the film version, writer Gus Krieger and director Drina Durazo emphasize the contemporary nature of the story, from societal isolation and nihilism, to hopelessness and powerlessness, confronting pollution, nuclearization, and violence.

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Aug

LOOSE KNIT

A darkly humorous look at trying to have it all, the Group Repertory Theatre’s production of Loose Knit features fine acting and thoughtful direction as it blends feminism and farce...

Director L. Flint Esquerra keeps the stitches and lines flying, blending overlapping dialogue and heated exchanges into a soulful mix of pungent satire and deep emotion.

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Jun

NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS

An entertaining concoction of satiric and thoughtful short playets, the Group Rep’s third annual Nine Winning One-Acts festival offers darkly comedic and challenging one-acts examining the human connection and the power of communication.

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Jun

AVENUE Q

Director Patrick Burke blends eye-catching production design with subtle underplaying to pointedly comment on life.

Full of relatable moments and infectious humor, Avenue Q is raunchy, rollicking entertainment for the more mature at heart.

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May

At The Table

As full of fiery discussion as any contemporary political debate, the timely and thoughtful At the Table blends excellent ensemble acting and meaty subject matter into a gut-punching crowd pleaser. Michael Perlman’s intense play receives its Los Angeles premiere in a powerful production from Road Theatre Company...

Director Judith Moreland smartly displays the relationship power dynamics through spot-on choreography and overlapping dialogue, slowly revealing Lauren’s isolation. She balances passionate, hyperkinetic argument with understated, heartfelt intimacy, successfully blending profane comedy and revealing drama.

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Apr

THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS

A dry, tongue-in-cheek comedy of manners blending light romance and mystery, The Secret of Chimneys offers an entertaining thrill ride through the mind of Agatha Christie.

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Mar

FRIENDS WITH GUNS

Timely and thought provoking, the world premiere presentation of Stephanie Alison Walker's Friends with Guns offers passionate arguments for and against gun ownership and what empowers women. Powerful acting and muscular writing provide a night of meaty entertainment.

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Feb

WHOOPSIE-DOOPSIE!

A fast-paced, entertaining look at handling those unexpected accidents in life, Whoopsie-Doopsie! combines cartoonish action and off the wall humor into pleasing adult entertainment.

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Feb

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The actors are fun and talented, and the show is filled with cheerful song and dance numbers. This is a show designed not to frighten children, but to give them a whopping good time. It's a great idea for birthday parties and field trips, too.

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Feb

"LAUNDRY AND BOURBON" and "LONE STAR"

A thoughtful and entertaining look at romantic and life woes in small town Texas, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star blend excellent acting, hilarious one-liners, and simple truths as friends bare their secrets and hurts.

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Feb

The P.O.W. and the Girl

An intense, harrowing look at overcoming emotional trauma, The P.O.W. and the Girl features fine acting and thoughtful plot, based in part on a true story.

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Nov

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

Production work is first rate, including Tesshi Nakagawa's compact, multi-dimensional set, Morgan Gannes' hip, colorful costumes, and Austin Quan's atmospheric sound design. A Carol Christmas is an entertaining, appealing refreshment of Dickens' perennial holiday classic, a perfect family treat.

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Nov

OZ!

A magical trip down memory lane, the Nine O'Clock Players' production of Oz! provides an imaginative, entertaining afternoon of theatre. A delightful presentation filled with irrepressible humor, toe-tapping songs, and splashed with color, Oz! celebrates friendship, generosity and believing in dreams.

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Oct

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

Production work is first-rate from the all-women cast and crew, particularly Tanya Orellana's elaborately detailed clothing factory and Jessica Champagne-Hansen's gorgeous evening dresses. Full of heart and soul, Real Women Have Curves combines a moving story and contemporary issues into an entertaining, upbeat evening of theatre.

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Oct

Rag Head

A searing indictment against the racism and profiling of Sikh Americans, Sundeep Morrison's powerful one-woman show Rag Head blends thoughtful staging and passionate performance to force audiences to open their eyes against daily indignities and injustices suffered by Sikhs.

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Sep

BREADCRUMBS

A moving examination of identity and finding one's way through the powerlessness of dementia, Breadcrumbs provides an emotional and entertaining evening of theatre.

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Sep

FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE

Poignant and timely, Fire in a Dark House considers what freedom, justice, loyalty and love really mean when confronted with propaganda, falsehoods and nationalism.

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