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A Mystifying Faustian Misfire

By Patrick Hurley Circle X presents the world premiere of Liana and Ben, playing now at Atwater Village Theater. Calling itself a modern take on Goethe’s masterpiece Faust, this play only skims the surface of the complexities of man’s finite potential, and indeed gets completely lost in the scrambling of mythology and modernity, resulting in … Continue reading

Zoot Suit Still Rings True

By Patrick Hurley

In 1978, Luis Valdez wrote a play about the Chicano experience in 1940s Los Angeles. In 2017, the material is strikingly, and somewhat discouragingly relevant as ever. originally commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, Zoot Suit, playing now through April 2, at the Mark Taper Forum, originally went on to become Broadway’s first Chicano play. (more…)

Murder is Anything but a Drag for this Mommie

By Patrick Hurley   Looking for captivating nuance? Hungry for intellectual stimulation? You will giddily find neither of these things in Celebration Theatre’s production of Die, Mommie, Die! Playing now through March 26.  

Long Day is Worth the Journey

By Patrick Hurley In today’s fast paced theatrical world, where ninety-minute plays are all the rage, there is something immensely pleasurable in the investment of the three-and-a-half hour slow burn that is Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s loquacious masterpiece, playing now at the Geffen Playhouse.

An Entertaining 946 Lands at the Wallis

By Patrick Hurley Brecht once asked, “In the dark times, will there also be singing?”. Kneehigh’s production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, asks this question, and then answers it with a somewhat befuddled yes.  There is singing, but the darkness is lightened in order to appeal to a broader audience, and the … Continue reading

For Every Brilliant Thing, Depression isn’t so Depressing.

By Patrick Hurley Tackling the topics of depression and suicide isn’t a dark and dreary subject for Every Brilliant Thing, playing now through Feb 12 at the Broad theater. Written by Duncan Macmillan, based on his own short story, the piece is a great reminder about how easily it can be to forget the small … Continue reading

Minimal Beckett Deserves A Bit More

By Patrick Hurley The Koan Unit is presenting a quintet of Samuel Beckett plays at the Odyssey Theatre, now through March 5.

A Big and Distracted Amélie

By Patrick Hurley There is a moment, less than a minute into the production of Amélie, a new musical playing now at the Ahmanson, where anyone who is familiar with the 2001 French film must abandon the expectation that all of the cinematic devices that made the film alive and vibrant will be translated into … Continue reading

A Deliciously Dank and Dirty Beauty Queen

Martin McDonagh’s darkly twisted comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane  comes to dank and dirty life in this production, playing now through December 18 at The Mark Taper Forum.

Apartment Leaves Much to Be Desired

By Patrick Hurley One of Donald Margulies’s early plays The Model Apartment is playing now at The Geffen Playhouse. The play itself seeks to tackle big ideas and even bigger subject matter, namely the holocaust, and places all of it into a small domestic drama about an older couple and their troubled daughter.  

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