Non-Registered Critics: Peter Foldy

Jun

THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE

Malachi Beasley shows up late in the play as Hedelle’s lover, Lamar. He is a strong presence in a small but effectictive role. A more nuanced perfomance from Ammy Ontiveros could have balanced the dynamic, but all in all, The Human(oid) Experience is a smart, funny piece with heart.

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Jun

POCKETS

Everyone on stage gives it their all. A four piece band, Duke Spookum and The Jimmy Jammers, provide tight musical accompaniment, and Pockets is one that should not be missed. Perfect for kids of all ages.

Don’t miss it.

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Jun

Tommy's Room

Good use of rear screen projection, and excellent singing and guitar playing by Jesse Stevensen only adds to the caliber of this production. Tommy’s Room shocks you as it breaks your heart.

Highly recommended.

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Jun

And Now It's All This!

And Now It’s All This is sharp and insightful as it sheds light on the scandal that is now a part of Beatles history .

Put this one on your “must see” list for this year’s Fringe.

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Jun

Ready Steady Yeti Go

Playwright David Jacobi covers important territory with his timely tale of racism in small town America, but he also touches our hearts with his exploration of first love and the unbreakable bond between family. Those subplots play almost as compellingly as the main story. See this play...poignant and humorous.

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May

ALL MY SONS

Ably directed by Gary Lee Reed and produced by Racquel Lehrman this production of All My Sons is a fluid, riveting drama that draws you in and doesn’t let go.

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May

Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando

Actor, John Mese delivers the narrative with confident, self-deprecating humor and earnest conviction...

This is a story worth knowing–and a play worth seeing.

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Dec

COME FROM AWAY

“Come From Away” is uplifting and energized. It's a testament to the fact that people are inherently good and may imprint on you the need to trust and be kind to your neighbor.

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Nov

OPPENHEIMER

Liebman cleverly balances Oppenheimer's social unease, his brilliant mind and his sexual appetite. He is supported by a talented, hard-working cast who all deliver impressive performances. There are no slouches on stage. Every actor has a moment to shine... John Perrin Flynn's fluid direction keeps the lengthy piece moving at a good clip. I especially welcomed the staging of a wild, ritualistic dance number in the second act, based on the Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman's bongo playing. It's a climactic, tension busting moment that celebrates the success of the Manhattan Project, allowing the cast to cut loose while also giving the audience a moment of much needed levity... Oppenheimer is absorbing and powerful. It should not be misssed.

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Nov

Cal in Camo

Writer, William Francis Hoffman's CAL IN CAMO, making it's West Coast Premiere at the VS Theatre is a chilling, metaphoric drama with dialogue as raw as it's wounded characters... With solid direction from Amy K Harmon, impressive set design by Se Hyun Oh, and an outstanding score by Chris Moscatiello, who also created the sound design, Cal in Camo delivers a compelling and emotional roller coaster ride.

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Oct

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story

Should be seen. Brutal honesty and gentle humor…grabs you by the heart. Delivers noteworthy set design and illustrations from talented artist Daphne Arthur. She has also created a graphic novel called “The Bench” which is available for purchase at the show, with proceeds donated to various charities.

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Jul

Mexican Day

Great performances, strong direction…a play to see. It is not only poignant but also relevant to our current political and racial climate….a powerful and moving conclusion.

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Jul

Hostage

One of the most compelling, heart rendering productions currently showing in L.A. Tracie is dynamic as Barbara Timm, and L.A. audiences are once again taking notice of her strength as an actress.

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May

The Giant Void in My Soul

The Giant Void In My Soul is insightful, spot on with excellent performances.

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Apr

Bad Jews

Director, Dana Resnick keeps the dialogue-heavy piece moving at a clip. The play runs 95 minutes but flies by, while never losing your interest.... “Bad Jews” is a powerful, impressive play that will stay with you long after the curtain comes down. I'm already looking forward to revisiting it again before it closes in June.

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Feb

El Nino

Sharp writing from Justin Tanner and spot on performances from a talented cast make Rogue Machine's new season premier, El Niño, a must see theatrical event.

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Feb

4Play: Sex in a Series

4Play has a compelling story line and likeable characters who have both humor and depth. Mr. Brown's dialogue flows as smoothly as a bottle of Dom Perignon and the fine cast have a chemistry that feels, spontaneous and authentic. By the time the pieces of the puzzle are put together and the conflicts come to a head at an awkward, ill fated dinner party, you almost want to swap phone numbers with these people so you can catch up in a few weeks to make sure that things have worked out for them. 4Play feels that involving. Don't miss it!

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Oct

Redline and Sinner's Laundry

Mr. Durso's writing is spot on and with smart direction from Eli Gonda and deeply committed, passionate performances from James Eckhouse and Graham Sibley, Redline evolves into a compelling, edge of your seat thriller. This is a taunt, visceral theatrical experience and by the time father and son reunite for the final showdown, you can cut the tension on stage with a knife.

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Oct

Br'er Cotton

Don't miss it! Top-notch cast…fine directing. Wrapped in a cloud of tension that never lets up.

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Sep

Daytona

Daytona manages to get under your skin. It deals with the loss of love, the will to survive and the difficulty of letting go, it's tragic, fragile characters are not ones you are likely to forget.

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