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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.

The Glass Menagerie  
Sierra Madre Playhouse The Glass Menagerie
 
One of the great American plays, and the one that established Williams as a playwright of the first magnitude. A semi-autobiographical look at a troubled family, it is a play of longing, regret and nostalgia filled with some of the most beautiful writing of Williams’ career. Suitable for general audiences, but material may be too advanced for very young children.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Examiner- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Sierra Madre Weekly- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Boy From OZ  
Celebration Theatre The Boy From OZ
 
THE BOY FROM OZ was a huge Australian success that found its way to Broadway. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical, and won Best Actor in a Musical (Hugh Jackman), the musical focuses on the extraordinary life of legendary singer/songwriter Peter Allen, from his birth in 1944 and humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. The story covers Peter's life and career in Australia and the United States, as well as his relationships with the legendary singing stars Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Musicals In LA- Highly Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Tin Pan LA- Highly Recommended
Bucking Trends- Highly Recommended

 
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Good People  
Hudson Theatre Good People
 
2011's Tony-Nominated play "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire is directed by Christine Dunford. With his signature humor, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Set in Boston's Southie neighborhood, we meet Margaret Walsh, who is facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break. When a friend from the old neighborhood, who is now very successful, moves back to town, Margaret hopes he may be the ticket to turning her life around.

LA Weekly- Recommended
Examiner- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Discover Hollywood- Highly Recommended

 
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The Fantasticks  
Crown City Theatre Company The Fantasticks
 
When Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet unfolds, with plenty of comedy, drama and music, along with a healthy dose of moonlight and magic. Featuring the beloved songs "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the original off-Broadway run of this timeless musical lasted an astonishing 42 years and continues to charm sold-out audiences all over the world. See why when the fantastical musical hits the Crown City Theatre in Los Angeles.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
Frontiers- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended

 
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Gruesome Playground Injuries  
Hudson Theatre Gruesome Playground Injuries
 
A new production of Rajiv Joseph’s darkly comic tale about love, pain and friendship. What is the path we take to find love in a harsh world? Sara Rae Foster (Showtime’s Masters of Sex, TNT’s Mob City) and Jeff Ward (title role in Lifetime’s Manson’s Lost Girls) star in this hilarious and heartbreaking love story about the intimacy between two people who allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Recommended
Examiner- Highly Recommended

 
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Lunatics and Actors  
Four Clowns at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Lunatics and Actors
 
Based on the real life obsessions of famed doctor, Duchenne du Boulogne, Lunatics & Actors takes its audience into the peculiar hinterland of emotional authenticity. The Four Clowns of this performance veer wildly from reason to insanity to Hamlet, and things are never far from becoming completely unhinged. Who is really mad after all - the lunatic or the actor?

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Highly Recommended
Observations Along the Road- Recommended
Backscatter- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Discover Hollywood- Highly Recommended
Theatre Ghost- Recommended
Colorado Boulevard- Recommended
USC Annenberg Media- Highly Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Recommended
Signal Tribune- Recommended
The Los Angeles Beat- Highly Recommended
University Times- Highly Recommended

 
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Honky  
MET Theatre Honky
 
When a young African American is shot for a pair of basketball shoes, sales triple among white teens. Are ghetto-glorifying commercials to blame for the violence, or are they just part of a smart, targeted marketing plan? Luckily, there’s a new pill for sale, guaranteed to cure racism. Taking a satiric look at the symbiotic relationship between bigotry and commercialism, HONKY is a comedy about different people, white and black, navigating the murky waters of race, rhetoric and athletic footwear.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 
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John Is A Father  
The Road on Magnolia John Is A Father
 
Recovering alcoholic John Owens was estranged from his family for decades before his son, a Marine, was killed in Afghanistan. Now, six years later, he receives an invitation to meet his widowed daughter-in-law and his grandson for the first time. From the streets of Los Angeles to a cramped apartment in Phoenix, he prepares to face the ghosts of his past. But nothing can prepare him for the people he’ll really meet along the way – and their capacity for forgiveness.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Examiner- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 
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A Nice Family Gathering  
Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre A Nice Family Gathering
 
On Thanksgiving Day, the first gathering since Dad died, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission. Trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.

Broadway World- Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended

 
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The End Times  
Skylight Theatre The End Times
 
Born and raised in a religious cult that calls itself the Lord's Restoration, Tim has always been a devout follower of his ministry. He's young, loyal and a true believer -- but when his best friend is cast out of the Church for "living in his mind," Tim's life slowly unravels as he begins to question the foundations of his faith in this new drama presented at Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano (NCIS, Hill Street Blues) appears in this thought-provoking and timely rumination about the questions we must dare to ask ourselves -- and the hard truths that just might shatter our most fervently held beliefs.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Ghost- Recommended

 
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The Hairy Ape  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble The Hairy Ape
 
With unflinching theatrical force and explosive lyricism — and renowned British director Steven Berkoff at the helm — Eugene O’Neill’s “comedy of ancient and modern life” explores the perennial human need to belong.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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The Golden Dragon  
Boston Court Performing Arts Center The Golden Dragon
 
What starts out as a simple toothache evolves into a dizzying chain of events as a group of disparate people, played by a cast of five who assume many roles indiscriminate of age, gender, and race, struggle to make connections in an increasingly isolated world. At the center of the story is a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, The Golden Dragon, where a young Chinese man suffering from an oversensitive incisor sparks a whacked and weird series of interconnected stories. A delicious mixture of epic theatre, bizarre comedy, poetry, and fable combine to create this fabulous pho.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Accessibly Live Off-Line- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 
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Joe and Marilyn: A Love Story  
Write Act Repertory Theatre at BrickHouse Theatre Joe and Marilyn: A Love Story
 
The volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood super-star Marilyn Monroe is the subject of JOE & MARILYN: A Love Story. The passion-filled two-character play by Willard Manus offers insight into a famously tragic romance, an unforgettable love story for the ages. Although their marriage lasted only nine months, DiMaggio and Monroe remained devoted to each other until the latters death in 1962. From that time on, DiMaggio had half a dozen roses delivered three times a week to her Westwood gravesite.

ReviewPlays.com- Somewhat Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Recommended
The LA Beat- Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Recommended
LAEntNews- Highly Recommended

 

 
Dry Land  
Atwater Village Theatre Dry Land
 
Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. The West Coast premiere of Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play, a finalist for the Susan Blackburn Prize, about female friendship, abortion and resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
LA Theatre Review- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Not Recommended
Will Call- Somewhat Recommended
Colorado Boulevard- Highly Recommended
The TVolution- Highly Recommended
USC Annenberg Media- Highly Recommended

 
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Birder  
Lankershim Arts Center Birder
 
BIRDER follows middle-aged accountant Roger, who, upon discovering a house finch nesting outside his home in Los Feliz, finds himself forced to question his most basic assumptions about what it means to be a father, husband, and breadwinner. But do his avian explorations represent a deep search for meaning, or just a city-dweller’s mid-life crisis? This funny, moving world premiere by Jerome Fellow and award-winning playwright Julie Marie Myatt explores the human need for silence, as Roger finds both terror and solace in Los Angeles’ unique urban ecology. BIRDER was Commissioned and Developed by Center Theatre Group.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

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