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Category Archives: Theatre Reviews
By John Farrell Present Laughter is the best thing Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro has done this year. With about a dozen plays done in their small, but very versatile, theater on Centre Street, they saved the best for … Continue reading
By John Farrell By most accounts, Hamlet is the greatest play in English. In its more than 400 years on the stage it has spun out many sequels, including the well-known Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
By John Farrell Fuddy Meers is a strange hybrid of a play–a comedy full of errors and disguises, and a tragedy–at least on one level. At the Long Beach Playhouse, Fuddy Meers is played mostly for laughs, and it gets them. But the emotional disconnect … Continue reading
By John Farrell “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” That’s a lyric from “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the musical tribute to Fats Waller and his style of jazz, which concludes International City Theatre’s 2012 season with lots of bright and memorable … Continue reading
By John Farrell Following the success of last year’s production of Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan, the Sierra Madre Playhouse has revived Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse, the English duo’s wonderfully satiric look at 19th century melodrama. Though Ruddigore is not one … Continue reading
Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams After fighting in the Pacific theatre of World War II, Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix, returns home a lost soul teetering on the brink … Continue reading
By John Farrell, Photos by Thomas Mikusz Theatre West is a Los Angeles landmark which has been producing plays for fifty years now, most recently in their theater in the stretch of Cahuenga Blvd. just west of Universal City. The Fantasticks, … Continue reading
By John Farrell There have been changes aplenty at the Long Beach Playhouse recently such as staging musicals there when they haven’t hosted a musical in years; putting on serious plays that might never have been given a chance; collaborating … Continue reading
By John Farrell Some plays are meant for smaller theaters. Beyond Therapy, which opened last week at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, is one of them. When Beyond Therapy appeared on Broadway in 1981, it didn’t last three weeks. … Continue reading
By John Farrell, Theatre Critic Like his play, Hamlet, Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is so filled with memorable lines, memorable speeches, that seeing it onstage is a little bit of an English quiz. The Witches? Who can forget “Double, double, toil and trouble”? How … Continue reading