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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is Dead on!

By Patrick Hurley Free will and the sheer randomness of the universe as two men wander a theatrical wilderness in desperate search for understanding makes Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, playing now at A Noise Within, a thought-provoking modern masterpiece that is as deeply profound as it is hilarious. Advertisements

Nikki Corona Proves Not Only Untranslatable, But Un-Developed and Nearly Un-Watchable.

By Patrick Hurley There doesn’t seem to be a good place to start to discuss the inscrutable and confounding play that is Jose Rivera’s The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, playing now at the Geffen playhouse.  

‘Sweat’ Still The Standard

By Patrick Hurley The lingering racial tensions of an ever shifting America takes center stage in Sweat, the 2017 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage, playing now at the Mark Taper Forum. 

School Girls Will be Mean Girls

By Patrick Hurley Borrowing tropes and devices from teen clique films such as Mean Girls and Heathers, School Girls or, The African Mean Girls Play, playing now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is a story of assimilation as much as it is a comedy about the universal struggle of fitting in.

Shakespeare’s Measure Proves All Too Timely

By Patrick Hurley Method and Madness theatre Co. is presenting Measure for Measure, at the Mid-City Arts Center. The staging of this lesser produced Shakespeare Comedy as directed by Margaret Starbuck is in a cabaret-style.  The seating is meant to immerse the audience into the action as it happens around us. And while the staging … Continue reading

More of the Same: An Examination of Relevance in Contemporary Theatre.

By Patrick Hurley I set out to write a review of The Geffen Playhouse’s world premiere production of Our Very Own Carlin McCullough, written by Amanda Peet, who is probably known to most from her film and television work as an actress. I grappled with the same questions that accompany most of my theatre experiences … Continue reading

Lysistrata Update Removes Comedy

By Patrick Hurley It was 411 BCE, comedic playwright Aristophanes presented to the people of Athens his new comedy Lysistrata, a radical and uproarious account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian war by getting all women to refuse to have sex with their husbands until they all agree to stop fighting.

The Humans Rings True

By Patrick Hurley The waning of tradition, the attenuation of the American middle-class, all wrapped in the fractured hope of connection, pierces the thick air of familial discord in Stephen Karam’s Tony Award Winning play The Humans, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre.

This Long Day is Worth the Journey

By Patrick Hurley Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical play Long Day’s Journey into Night is a lumbering, loquacious and lyrical voyage into the dysfunction of family. 

Noises Off! Get’s its Funny On!

By Patrick Hurley Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off! Now playing at A Noise Within, is widely considered one of the funniest plays of all time.

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