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9
Sep

John Leguizamo Gives a Long Overdue, Passionate and often Hilarious History Lesson

Most American History textbooks are lying to us. The Eurocentric, xenophobic, and excruciatingly myopic view of this land we call America gets a proper re-telling by the hilariously entertaining John Leguizamo in his solo show Latin History for Morons, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Photo by Matthew Murphy.
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11
Jul

Wrong Proves Sometimes To Be Sort of Right.

By Patrick Hurley

Somewhere between a Vegas show and a Theme park experience sits The Play That Goes Wrong, a Mischief Theatre Production- playing now at the Ahmanson theatre.

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18
Apr

Falsettos Does Set Oh So Typical Standards.

By Patrick Hurley

Photo by Joan Marcus

In the pantheon of Musical theater, where originality has been ebbing farther and farther away from the reboot, remake, revival culture that is Broadway- we find ourselves, quite inexplicably, stranded on the nearly three-hour island that is Falsettos, playing now at the Ahmanson.

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8
Feb

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a Darkly Beautiful Fairy Tale

By Patrick Hurley

Nearly twenty years after its premiere, Matthew Bourne’s dazzling production of Cinderella once again graces the stage of the Ahmanson theatre. The piece, like the choreographer/director himself, is still going strong, and is a great testament to the power of storytelling.

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1
Dec

Grounded Come From Away Flies High on First National Tour

By Patrick Hurley

In today’s volatile and divisive political climate, where lines are being drawn separating ideology from humanity, it’s heartening to see a work of art that not only demonstrates how small the divide actually is between all of us, but also shows how kindness and benevolence, charity and goodwill are indeed still a thing to which we can all aspire.  Come From Away, on its first National Tour, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre, is a high spirited, evocative and fascinating true story about the capacity of human kindness and the indelible spirit that we all long for in times of crisis. Read more »

22
Oct

Dear Evan Hansen Flashes its Way into History

By Patrick Hurley

Stories of teenage turmoil have been being told for centuries. The misunderstood youth trope nearly always serves a narrative wherein a moral dilemma serves as edification to an ignorant, older audience. Shakespeare killed his young star-crossed lovers. The adults in their lives had driven them to suicide because of their inability to reconcile differences with each other, thus preaching the dictum of embracing each other’s differences. Dear Evan Hansen, the Broadway phenomenon, which is currently on its first national tour, playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, is the most recent iteration of the misunderstood youth narrative, and this time, as is the custom with today’s YA fiction, it wants to feel like an inside job. Read more »

21
Jun

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. Read more »

22
Nov

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. Read more »

4
Aug

Curious Incident is a Theatrical Wonder

By Patrick Hurley

Theatricality and complex narrative have rarely aligned as staggeringly brilliant as they do in the highly sensorial production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon. playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre. Read more »

10
Mar

Fun Home Is Pure Storytelling Gold

By Patrick Hurley

Dancing on the line between nostalgia and tragedy, Fun Home, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre, is a testament to the raw power of storytelling. It is a sturdily illustrated expression of the intrinsically universal language of theatrical narrative, executed through a blend of lofty production design and redolent lyricism that will resonate with most audiences because it aspires toward a deeper understanding of something utterly human, empathic, and meritoriously authentic, all through the gifted prose, and astute composition of masterful storytellers. Read more »

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