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  Theatre In LA Top Rated Plays List - The Highest Rated Shows In the LA area
The "Theatre In LA Top Rated Plays List" is a list of the top rated plays now running in the Los Angeles area based on what the current reviews are saying. To see all of the play reviews go to Review Round-Up.

A Raisin In The Sun  
Ruskin Group Theatre A Raisin In The Sun
 
Winning the Best Play Award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle, it made history when it opened in 1959. The title comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Harlem," also known as "A Dream Deferred." The setting is the Younger household in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, and involves the family members' struggle to achieve their individual dreams and potential despite challenges of a system that seems built to thwart them.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Imaginary Invalid  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum The Imaginary Invalid
 
Constance Congdon’s fresh and hilarious adaptation of Moličre’s skewering of the health care crisis from an entirely different century. Plagued by a growing pile of medical bills, Madame Argan (Ellen Geer), a chronic hypochondriac, will go to any length to marry her daughter off to a doctor. Of course, her daughter has other ideas. This potent elixir of romantic triangles, double entendres and mistaken identities proves, in the end, that laughter really is the best medicine. Alan Blumenfeld stars alongside Geer as Dr. Purgeon.

LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 
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Romeo and Juliet  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Romeo and Juliet
 
Director Ellen Geer illuminates the continued relevance of this 421-year-old play, setting Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love and warring families in East Jerusalem — a city beset by age-old prejudices, street violence and religious differences.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
CurtainUp- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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Baby Doll  
Fountain Theatre Baby Doll
 
Darkly comic and crackling with sexual tension, this enthralling tale of prejudice, sexual politics and passion is the first-ever Williams Estate-approved stage adaptation of the Tennessee Williams screenplay. Nineteen-year-old married virgin “Baby Doll” Meighan must consummate her marriage in two days, on her 20th birthday — as long as her middle-aged husband, Archie Lee, upholds his end of the bargain to provide her with a comfortable life. When Archie Lee burns down his neighbor’s cotton gin to save his failing business, his rival, Sicilian immigrant Silva Vacarro, arrives to seek revenge. What ensues is a complex mix of desire and desperation, with Baby Doll as both player and pawn.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
TheatreMania- Recommended
Culture Vulture- Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 
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Blueprint for Paradise  
Hudson Theatre Blueprint for Paradise
 
Set in 1941 during the weeks leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and inspired by true events, playwright Laurel M. Wetzork imagines the relationship between African-American architect Paul Revere Williams (designer of landmark L.A. buildings including Saks Fifth Ave and the Los Angeles County Courthouse, as well as private residences for Bert Lahr, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Frank Sinatra) and a wealthy American couple who employed him to design a compound and training ground for Nazi sympathizers in the Pacific Palisades.

LA Weekly- Highly Recommended
LA Daily News- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Somewhat Recommended
Culver City News- Recommended
LifeInLA- Highly Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Somewhat Recommended
Discover Hollywood- Highly Recommended
Tin Pan LA- Recommended
The TVolution- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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Newsies  
Pantages Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Entertainment Today- Recommended
Edge- Somewhat Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Neon Tommy- Somewhat Recommended
Frontiers- Somewhat Recommended
Observations Along the Road- Recommended

 
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Go Back To Where You Are  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Go Back To Where You Are
 
The West Coast premiere of five-time Obie Award winner David Greenspan’s meta-theatrical comic romance, told with Greenspan’s unique brand of gentle wit and exquisite lyricism. A forgotten chorus boy from the theater of ancient Greece is sent back to Earth on a mission from God, where he finds himself summering among a makeshift family of theater artists on Long Island.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
KCRW- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended

 
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To see the reviews of all plays go to Review Round-Up.