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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 »

17
Dec

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 hyper-theatrical ones. This does not happen. Instead, we are taken into a world of frenzied activity and cluttered design disguised as a day-dreamy internal landscape. Read more »

14
Jul

Stellar Performances Make Grey Gardens Worth a Visit

By Patrick Hurley

A pair of powerhouse performances move Grey Gardens musical, playing now through August 13 at the Ahmanson Theater, from mere throwback to something special. Read more »

24
Mar

Gentleman’s Guide is Wondrously Entertaining

By Patrick Hurley

Devilishly funny, wickedly irreverent, and yet somehow agreeably nostalgic, the Tony-Winning Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre, is a big sugary confection laced with arsenic. Read more »

11
Feb

God is Sinfully Funny

By Patrick Hurley

The almighty has decided to return to the world to clear up a few misinterpretations that two thousand plus years of exegesis has gotten wrong. And since he’s decided to return to Los Angeles, he takes, as his corporeal host, irrepressible sitcom star Sean Hayes. And who doesn’t want to see Sean Hayes as God? Good thing you don’t have to imagine how fabulous that would be, it’s actually happening in Act of God, the wonderfully funny new play by David Javernaum, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre. Read more »

3
Oct

Plenty to Admire in Bountiful

By Patrick Hurley

There is an old storytelling trope, the one that says, you can never go home again. Whether or not we agree, one thing seems for certain, the most important aspect of going home is the journey. Horton Foote’s play The Trip to Bountiful, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre is all about such a journey. Read more »

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