Registered Critic: Rachel Flanagan

I ♥ my cats more than most people, including my dog (but I love her too). I like horror movies and mythical things and serial killers and Disney ... to name a few things. Writing has always been a hobby of mine and I really enjoying seeing plays and getting to review them, doing research to write an interesting article as well as blogging for personal reasons.
Aug

Under Milk Wood

"To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town" and with that, Dylan Thomas draws you into a day in the life of the residents of a small Welsh seaside village of Llareggub (read it backwards). Notoriously known as a "play for voices", Under Milk Wood was created as a 1954 radio drama written by the Welsh poet, commissioned by the BBC and adapted for the stage. Open Fist Theatre Company brings this revered play to the Atwater Village theater in a production, ably directed by Ben Martin, that brings the dark comedy and deep characters to life on stage in a way that would make Thomas himself proud.

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Apr

What Happened When

On a cold, dark night, three siblings gather together on a bed sharing warm, hopeful stories of their futures with one another, but the warmth doesn't come and the stories just more chilling as each year passes in this dark and disturbing ghost story and memory play by rattlestick Playrwrights Theater's Daniel Talbott. What Happened When is an unsettling look at how the secrets of a dark and troubling history take three siblings on three different dangerous twists over the course of six years in a puzzle that the audience must piece together to feel the spine tingling tales from the ghosts of the past.

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Jan

ALADDIN

In 1992, Disney brought the animated classic "Aladdin" to life on movie screens. "Aladdin," the story of a street urchin in the fictional city of Agrabah who falls in love with a beautiful princess and uses the magical powers of a genie (magically voiced by the one and only Robin Williams) to become a prince so they could be married. In 2014, "Aladdin the Musical" debuted on Broadway, with a few new songs and a few twists on the story. Now, "Aladdin" makes its Los Angeles debut and audiences young and old will get to experience a whole new world with "Disney's Aladdin" at the Pantages Theatre starring many of the original Broadway cast.

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Aug

American Home

As children, we often fail to appreciate the roof that is over our head and allows for sleepovers with friends or time spent with the family who shares that same roof.  As we grow older, we long for a roof over our heads that is all our own, with no one sending us to our room without television or telling us when we have to be back home.  A house is what helps us feel like we've planted our roots and can grow and flourish but a house does not make a home. As the famous saying goes, home is where the heart is, and for many during the 2008 real estate crisis, their hearts were foreclosed upon. American Home, Stephanie Alison Walker's world premiere play at the Fremont Centre Theatre in Pasadena, journeys into the impossible choices and resilience that people have when they're about to lose everything and shares their heart wrenching yet touching stories in a fearless theatrical experience.

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Jun

Apathy Killed the Cat

Apathy Killed the Cat is a one-act play written and directed by Ryan Lisman and premiering at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The play centers around an unstable playwright named Colin (Aaron Stall). Colin is slowly losing his grip on what little control he has over his life as his mom is catatonic in the hospital and his treasured cat Rosebud is on her last life. While he has a loving and devoted girlfriend Lily (Autumn Bruewer), he is tortured by a secret sexual desire that no one, himself included, can understand.

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Jun

THE AWFUL GRACE OF GOD

Seasoned actor Michael Harney, widely known as Inmate Counselor Sam Healy in the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black, brings to the stage an evening of six one-act plays in The Awful Grace of God. Harney reunites with Director Mark Kemble after starring in Kemble's touching drama, Bad Hurt, to gather a production team and a group of exceptional actors for his new play. Each play is set as short open-ended stories in a different location and time, giving the audience a chance to come to their own personal conclusion based on how the story resonated within themselves.

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Apr

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole, directed by Eric Hunicutt, is David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-Prize winning play that tells a tale of a family struck by the emotional whirlwind of a tragedy. As they struggle to regain their footing, the world around them keeps spinning as life continues moving forward. As each person copes with the tragedy, Lindsay-Abaire's tale immerses you into a captivating story about trying to move on after an emotional loss.

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Apr

MURDER, ANYONE?

What happens when you put two writers together who can't seem to agree on a storyline or even whether they're writing a play or a movie? You get the world premiere comedy written and directed by Emmy-winning writer Gordon Bressack, Murder, Anyone? Starring Carla Collins, Bruce Clifford, Liesl Jackson, Abraham Smith, Devin Caldarone and Jack Zullo. Carla Collins (Left) , Liesl Jackson. Photo by James Sprague Murder, Anyone? Starts with two playwrights George and Charlie (Jack Zullo and Devin Caldarone) attempting to conjure up a hit whodunit play or maybe a hit movie to the likes of classics like Murder by Death. As each aspect of the story unfolds and changes, the cast of characters act out the scenes in real time.

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Apr

MALICIOUS BUNNY

Could you ever love someone so much that you would kill for them? That is what Jonathan Wicks must ask himself when his wife Angela proposes he commits a double homicide in the world premiere of the Bryan Fox directed Malicious Bunny. He is happy; she is not, and now he must choose whether to grant his wife a divorce or kill to stay together. Markus Taylor and Heidi-Marie Ferren brilliantly star as Jonathan and Angela Wicks, though it's hard to believe they're fresh out of college age. Jonathan is a young but simple janitor trying to make the most for his wife, a now starving artist from a wealthy family. Angela is bored. She wants a divorce to find excitement again, but he is willing to do anything to stay together. After a solo trip to Paris, Angela returns home early recognizing that she sincerely does love Jonathan but craves more in life. She presents her husband with a list of 3 things guaranteed to make her happy. Step one is a doozy: Kill her parents.

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Apr

FINDING NEVERLAND

Most people know the story of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell and their adventures fighting pirates and the treacherous Captain Hook. Just as extraordinary as pixie dust is how J.M. Barrie came to create Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow. Now at the Pantages Theater, Finding Neverland tells Barrie's incredible true story that is filled with just as much wonder, enchantment and dark deception as the world of Neverland itself.

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Apr

Liana and Ben

Circle X Theatre Co's world premiere of Liana and Ben, written by Susan Rubin and directed by Mark Bringleson at the Atwater Village Theatre tells creates a retelling of Faust. In simple terms, Faust is a man who becomes bored with his scholarly life and sells his soul to the devil in exchange for endless knowledge and worldly possessions. In Liana and Ben, Ben (Jonathan Medina) has grown frustrated with the world and makes a bargain with a kind, beautiful, lost in love woman named Liana (Kimberly Alexander). Ben gives Liana endless beauty and youth for all time in hopes that Liana can prove to Ben that there is good to humanity. Will Liana prove that there is beauty in the human spirit or will she use her seemingly lifetime of beauty for her own endless pleasure?

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Apr

THE KING AND I

The multi-Tony-winning musical, The King and I, by Rogers and Hammerstein, dances its way into the heart of theatre goers at the Pantages Theatre this winter season. Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana star in the fourth revival of the Broadway musical since its 1951 debut. When this musical premiered 65 years ago, it was bold and audacious as it tackled major topics like slavery, sexism, feminism, racism, and anti-intellectualism but some of those topics still strike a chord today. This production is just as spectacular today as it was back then and you would be remiss to skip it.

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