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10
Sep

School Girls Will be Mean Girls

By Patrick Hurley

Borrowing tropes and devices from teen clique films such as Mean Girls and Heathers, School Girls or, The African Mean Girls Play, playing now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is a story of assimilation as much as it is a comedy about the universal struggle of fitting in. 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 »

6
Feb

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. Read more »

25
Sep

Phylicia Rashad Is Something of a Miracle in Head of Passes

By Patrick Hurley

Faith, that ubiquitous and imperfect belief, wherein trust and confidence take the place of facts or proof, is placed into extreme focus in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new play Head of Passes, playing now at the Mark Taper Forum.

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17
Jul

Chaotic King Is A Crowd-Pleaser

By Patrick Hurley

A woman in search of her father serves as a metaphor for a writer in search of her story. King of the Yees, a new play by Lauren Yee, playing now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is part true story, part fantasy and part meta-theatrical experience. Read more »

7
Jul

Strong Performances Make Certain Impression for Uncertain Heisenberg

By Patrick Hurley

The uncertainty of our relationships is placed into tight focus in Simon Stephens’ charming and evocative Heisenberg, playing now at the Mark Taper Forum. Read more »

15
May

Dry Land Proves Unsettling

By Patrick Hurley

Dry Land, playing now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theatre Groups Block Party, is a theatrical and literary novelty, it’s a coming-of-age story that was written by a playwright who was only twenty-one years old when she wrote it, she had not had time nor space from her own youth before she tackled this very deliberate, awkwardly funny exploration of friendship.  And while some could lay the blame of her inexperience of life on the lackadaisical adherence to traditional plot, it is precisely the lens of inexperience that creates something new and interesting. 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 »

18
Nov

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.

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17
Sep

Vivid Prose Lights up Burnpile

By Patrick Hurley

Lucy Alibar’s new play Throw me on the Burnpile and Light me up, playing now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is a hybrid theatre/creative non-fiction piece that evokes through cleverly constructed language, simple nostalgic imagery, and a gentle performance by the writer. Read more »

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