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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.

Belleville Bewilders

By Patrick Hurley What is happening to theater? Why do so many theatrical experiences end in a shrug of bewilderment? The elements of dramatic tension, conflict and drama are better served on Netflix these days.

Hamlet in a Hurry

By Patrick Hurley There is a sense of urgency to Bedlam’s four actor production of Hamlet, playing now in repertory with George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan at the Broad Stage.

This Water Ain’t Flowin’

By Patrick Hurley In desperate need of human connection, a group of people navigate love, loss and addiction in the surprisingly dated and sluggish Water By The Spoonful, playing now at the Mark Taper Forum.

Elliot Lingers in the Past

By Patrick Hurley A metaphor manifest through a time-bending series of monologues, makes Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, playing now at the Kirk Douglas, a lyrical but uneven patchwork.

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