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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. Advertisements

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.

Wherefore Will Again?

By Patrick Hurley When posing the question of relevance in the theater, one cannot help but be persuaded by perhaps the greatest playwright to have ever put ink to page.

Small Mouth Sounds Has Some Big Things to Say

By Patrick Hurley The numerous ways in which human beings communicate with each other is fascinating, and even more so when they are deprived of language.

Dazzling Luzia Pours into Los Angeles

Luzia-A Waking Dream of Mexico is the grand and beautifully designed new Cirque du Soleil show that blends beauty and physical finesse into a variegated feast for the eyes.

Something Rotten Is Riotously Ridiculous

By Patrick Hurley Absurdity cranked all the way up to 11! That statement somewhat does justice to Something Rotten! playing now at The Ahmanson Theatre.

Spamilton: A Spoofy Triumph.

By Patrick Hurley Tapping into the zeitgeist, and squeezing every penny you can out of it, is just the American dream.

Liaisons is a Dangerously Delightful Affair

By Patrick Hurley In the years just preceding the French Revolution, an era of aristocratic decadence reigned supreme. Christopher Hampton’s deliciously acerbic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, playing now at Antaeus Theatre Company, resonates quite profoundly against our contemporary concerns of upper-class privilege through its use of biting satire.

Our Town Still Theatrically Reflects Our Selves

By Patrick Hurley The Theater. The invention of this spectacle-fueled construct that revels in artificiality serves as the setting, motif and thematic launching pad for Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-Prize Winning masterpiece Our Town, playing now at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Fixed Attempts to Break Through Stereotypes.

By Patrick Hurley In the ever-expanding canon of representational literature, where under-represented voices are, at long last, being heard, the theater scene is bristling with more and more stories about minorities from an internalized perspective. Fixed, the new play by Boni B. Alvarez, is another of these plays.

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