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Set in 1997, long before LGBTQ peoples could serve openly in the United States Services, Lila Rose Kaplan’s minor play, 100 PLANES, deals with a driven Air Force Lieutenant at an Air Force base in Germany. Young Lt. Kay McClure (Alina Rose Chock) is desperate to...
The German anti-capitalist playwright Berthold Brecht wrote this parable play in 1944 (based on a 14th-century Chinese play and in a new translation by Alistair Beaton), setting it as a play-within-a-play where two conflicting groups of peasants in Soviet Russia compete for farm land: the Collective Fruit...
Dancing at Lughnasa is a 1990 play by Irish dramatist Brian Friel (1929-2015), set in Ireland's west coast of County Donegal during the summer of 1936, a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator, who remembers that time as a seven-year-old. Long...
Review by Dale Reynolds Anybody who has ever been to a community, high school or college play knows that’s it’s possible something will go wrong – either major or minor – in some noticeable manner during the show (while it can happen to professionally-produced...
Review by: Wilfred M. Phillips Jr.   An otherworldly feel becomes apparent from the very beginning in this new production at Rogue Machine Theatre in Venice, Ca. In an old graveyard, from the afterlife, the characters of Betty, Alvis, George, and the High Priestess...
By Wilfred M. Phillips Jr. An impressive 70th anniversary revival of Arthur Miller’s classic play, “Death of a Salesman,” is now running at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a Tony award for “Best Play,” this story stays...

Brown Out and Five

Review by: Dale Reynolds Casa 0101, in Boyle Heights, is the only major live-theater in its district and has, for some years now, been a quality addition to the largely Latino community just east of downtown L.A. As such, they reach audiences who are...

Hollywood Fringe Binge

by Peter Foldy With over 400 productions playing at the moment as part of the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival, I am making an effort to see a good number of them. I have already reviewed the excellent, "And Now It's All This," a play that examines the repercussions of John...
Review by: Peter Foldy "God Forever, Beatles Never" and "Go Home Beatles" were just some of the derogatory slogans painted on placards during protests against the world's number one rock band in 1966. Encouraged by the Christian right, kids all over America and the UK were suddenly smashing Beatles records...
Review by Peter Foldy After the "N" word is spray painted onto the home of young Carly Uhlenbeek (Jasmine St. Clair), an African/American girl living in an innocent, all-white community, she gathers her friends from the 7th grade where the kids decide to reenact the crime in order to figure...