Non-Registered Critics: Michael Sheehan

Apr

Boxing Lessons

John Iacovelli's beautifully cluttered set fills the tiny New American Theatre stage. Jack Stehlin's deft direction smoothly choreographs the actors into creative stage pictures. Personal revelations and sniping reminiscent of Albee's Virginia Woolf... reminds us of that author's demise... ending with an enigmatic footnote from the author's hand.
Strong acting chops make the dark story work. The last word is silence.

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Apr

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

If you have children, know someone who has children, know a child or have ever been a child or aspire to be one, I encourage you to take The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at The 24th Street Theatre.

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Mar

What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)

The beauty of these presentations is our ability to hear new voices and see in short form snippets of writing by possibly future Pulitzer candidates as they try their wings.

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Mar

Tuesdays with Morrie

This is a don't miss production of a story you may well have seen or read over time. The dance that Kendall and Eisenberg perform will touch your heart, giving hope for kindness in the world.

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Jan

The Cripple of Inishmaan

What with the simplicity of the characters and the odd interchanges, it's a play that one can appreciate for its superficial romp and then, re-examine for the beauty of the language and the sincerity of the bittersweet characters.

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Nov

Cal in Camo

This noble effort features strong performances with odd pacing that render this project worthy of an audience. There's a moment when you think that you might die.

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Oct

The Little Foxes

Watson has honed Hellman's characters to a razor's edge that is predictable from the first scene... Antaeus dedication to high quality productions of classic as well as classical theatre is at its pinnacle in this presentation. Direction, acting and tech meld to present a play worthy of high praise.

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Oct

Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta

This is fully engaging and immersive ensemble work that not only entertains, but educates the audience in the history and traditions that make Los Angeles the evolving and historic city that it is today.

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Sep

All Night Long

Peggy Dobreer quoted in this review: "(ALL NIGHT LONG is...) a piece of poetic brilliance you won't want to miss. This play will cause your head to tilt and spin. As ribald and zany as poignant and sad, this look deep into the soul of the ‘nuclear' family, will have you laughing out loud and running home to hug your children. Jan Munroe's execution of O'Keefe's language is some of the best I've seen. With a real old-fashioned and utterly brilliant verve for set and prop design (which Munroe executed himself,) commedia style action on the set, and a clear respect and energy for O'KEEFE's vision, Munroe delivers a rare and authentic telling of this timeless and timely play. Bravo!!!"

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Sep

Time Stands Still

Zwick's direction is flawless. Working with strong and capable actors who understand that the process is a gift that director and actors exchange is in every nuance of the play. This show deserves an audience. Arrive early to figure out parking!

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Aug

What Happened When

As an acting exercise, this is a wonderful workout for these actors. As a play that intends to have meaning, it's important to remember that exposition only enlightens if it's all coherent and understood. "It's not going to try to entertain," writes Daniel Talbot. In this aspect, the play succeeds.

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Jul

Arrival & Departure

Arrival & Departure does not disappoint. It is a kind and insightful story of love. I highly recommend this production. If you are in the middle of the hearing issue: hard of hearing: not deaf and do not sign, ask for seats close to the front and middle of the house.

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Jul

Three Days in the Country

Andrew Paul's direction is crisp, allowing the skills of the actors to carry the story along. Three Days is an excellent take on a stylized glimpse into the lives of mid 19th Century Russians in love.

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Jul

100 Aprils

This play, may be brilliant in its attempt to make a strong polemic statement bringing more to light the notion that we are all victims in one way or another.

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Jun

Mexican Day

Excellent ensemble acting abounds with each of the four players coming around as other characters whom the audience readily accepts. Notable is Larson's Irish Swedish cop!

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Jun

AN EVENING OF BETRAYAL

The 6th Act producing at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood creates unique side by side comparisons of the passions that make Live Theatre special.... The Sixth Act's Evening of Betrayal holds moments of humor and clarity in a personal way that can only be experienced on a stage with the living theatre unfolding before us.

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Jun

Forever Bound

Ann Hearn Tobolowsky directs with a generous hand. In fact, to her credit, it doesn't show.

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Jun

Cult of Love

The beauty of this full length one act is the clear and well limned performances from every one of the characters. Director Annie Tippe allows her ensemble cast to function as a perfectly tuned machine while each character being, at once, a part of a strong family tradition, presents a well honed individual. Each character's arc demands our full attention. The ensemble is organic. ...If professional writing and performances are reasons for coming to the theatre, The Cult of Love is a show that must not be missed.

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May

Wood Boy Dog Fish

Rouge Artists Ensemble flirts with the edge of something... something dangerous: something alive, something real. Excellent video and other spectacular devices by Dallas Nichols and Hardly Human FX are wonderful.
Shackle your disbelief to your bed post and come for an adventure to Shoreside!

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May

Sex

In this Buzzworks production, director Sirena Irwin has created a situation that is neither fish nor fowl. Opportunities for broad comedy with takes to the audience and over the top presentation vary from scene to scene and character to character. All are talented players.

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