A brilliantly staged Amadeus at Chandler Studio

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BY AMY LYONS When fine playwriting meets inspired acting and directing, the result is a show like the Production Company's “Amadeus.” It's about jealousy, it's about pure talent, it's about social mores, but it's really all about the perfectly … [Read more...]

A Delicious Double Dose of “Lear” with star actors at Antaeus

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BY AMY LYONS If there's anything better than a talented actor nailing the title role in “King Lear,” it's two great actors doing so on a small stage. Antaeus Company, the 19-year-old classical theatre ensemble founded by accomplished classical … [Read more...]

Wine, Sex and Greek Tragedy: Lascivious Something at The Ford

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BY AMY LYONS Playwright Shelia Callaghan, a ballsy yarn spinner, is a good fit for Circle X Theatre Company, the risk-inclined theatre company in residence at Inside the Ford. Witness proof of the perfect pairing: “Lascivious Something,” a steamy … [Read more...]

Women of a Certain Age Shine in “Broads!” at the El Portal Forum

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BY AMY LYONS They're not dead yet. That seems to be the overarching message in “Broads!” a musical about four female senior citizens who sing, dance and stare down old age with sass. The story surrounds Nilda (Ivonne Coll), Louise (Leslie … [Read more...]

Mesmerizing, compelling “Sidhe” at The Road Theatre Company

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BY AMY LYONS Two sets of siblings become entangled in a web of violence and grief in Ann Noble's new play, “Sidhe” (pronounced “shee”) at The Road Theatre Company. Communication from otherworldly spirits might only be the voices inside a deeply … [Read more...]

‘Noises Off’ at A Noise Within

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BY AMY LYONS Michael Frayn's classic farce about the neuroses and narcissism of theatre people is the perfect vehicle to flaunt the talents of the troupe at A Noise Within. Co-directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott (also the theatre's … [Read more...]

Diva Does Damage in ‘Molly’ at Victory Theatre

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BY AMY LYONS The love triangle at the heart of Simon Gray's “Molly” resembles one of the many seething threesomes crafted by Harold Pinter. Gray and Pinter collaborated often, and both lauded British playwrights died last year, but their work … [Read more...]

Talented cast shines in “As White As O” at The Road Theatre

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BY AMY LYONS Jack Hawley (Vince Tula) tastes love, smells rain hitting his skin and sees letters in specific colors. His out-of-whack senses are symptomatic of synesthesia, a condition that makes him touch, taste, hear and see things in a way most … [Read more...]

Aging Baby Boomers in the San Fernando Valley Rock on in “That Perfect Moment”

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BY AMY LYONS Watching a person past his or her prime cling to younger days can be slightly awkward at best, downright disturbing in many cases. Writers Charles Bartlett and Jack Cooper risk putting audiences in that uncomfortable place with “That … [Read more...]

Unhappy Wife Barrels Off to Niagara Falls in “Wonder of the World” at Little Victory Theater

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BY AMY LYONS Ever thought of skipping out on your spouse and subsequently splashing over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire assigns the female protagonist of Wonder of the World a version of that … [Read more...]