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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.

Jersey Boys  
Ahmanson Theatre Jersey Boys
 
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony- and Grammy-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts -- Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi -- are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off the stage. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended
On Stage Blog- Highly Recommended

 
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Man of La Mancha  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Man of La Mancha
 
Inspired by the beloved classic Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the best musicals ever to grace a Broadway stage. In this play within a play, Don Quixote is a mad knight, a dying old man living in a world of his own imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. Prepare to be captivated by the show's Tony Award-winning score and book, a treasure trove of some of musical theater's greatest songs, including "Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "It's All the Same" and the ever rousing "Man of La Mancha" with its thrilling, triumphant refrain. Catch this blockbuster musical from La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Orange Curtain Review- Highly Recommended
Bucking Trends- Recommended

 
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Les Blancs  
MET Theatre Les Blancs
 
Les Blancs depicts the waning days of colonialism crossing into the 20th century as it reveals the impossible moral choices faced by individuals who must reconcile personal happiness with idealism. It is rich with music and dance and set in and around a mission compound in Africa. The time is yesterday, today, and tomorrow-- but not very long after that.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
KCRW- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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The Lyons  
Lankershim Arts Center The Lyons
 
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in this "smart and funny and moving" (New York Observer) drama that The Hollywood Reporter hailed as "black comedy perfection" during its 2012 run. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- salty language included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons is now presented at the Lankershim Arts Center North Hollywood in a new production by Road Theatre Company.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended

 
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Crimes of the Heart  
International City Theatre Crimes of the Heart
 
You can't face the future until you have faced your past -- that's the lesson of Southern gothic tragicomedy Crimes of the Heart, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its tale of the quirky Magrath sisters and the sordid deeds they must reconcile. Holed up at their granddaddy's house in Mississippi, the motherless trio have a knack for dysfunction, with the latest fiasco involving youngest sister Babe's shooting of her abusive husband. Meanwhile, eldest sister Lenny's horse was just struck by lightning and middle sister Meg has suffered a nervous breakdown after seeing her dreams of a singing career dashed. More than 30 years after the acclaimed film adaptation, the stage version of Crimes of the Heart is as potent, touching and hilarious as ever. Watch the women test the boundaries of sisterhood when this hurricane of hilarity and hurt blows into the International City Theatre in Long Beach.

Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
OC Register- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 
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Hold These Truths  
Pasadena Playhouse Hold These Truths
 
A little-known American hero steps into the spotlight in playwright Jeanne Sakata's eloquent one-man show, Hold These Truths. Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi, this stirring drama spotlights an important but often forgotten moment in American civil rights history. When the government decides to mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II, Hirabayashi struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. constitution and democracy. Join him on his journey toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs and failings. Ryun Yu, whose brilliant solo performance has captivated audiences and sold-out shows from coast-to-coast, reprises the role at The Pasadena Playhouse.

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

 
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Dogfight  
Hudson Theatre Dogfight
 
It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of partying and debauchery. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Constellations  
Geffen Playhouse Constellations
 
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can alter the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) star in Nick Payne's Olivier-nominated hit Constellations, a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible -- and so emotionally devastating?" You, too, can ponder big questions about the difference between choice and destiny when Constellations makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Geffen Playhouse.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended

 
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Building The Wall  
Fountain Theatre Building The Wall
 
The Fountain Theatre premieres the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Edge- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
LA Splash- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Somewhat Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Recommended
Theatre Spoken Here- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended
Capital And Main- Not Recommended

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