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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.

I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce  
Theatre 68 I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce
 
A One Man Show chronicling the life and death of the most controversial comedian of all time... Lenny Bruce. Busted for obscenity, Lenny fought for freedom of speech all the way to the supreme court. He accidentally died of an overdoes in 1966, while out on appeal.

Broadway World- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly 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
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended

 
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The Cake  
Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre The Cake
 
Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually another fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can't really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for hesrself. A world premiere play from Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us).

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended
Theatre Ghost- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Recommended

 
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Welcome to Your Alternative Reality  
Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre Welcome to Your Alternative Reality
 
Take the edge off your week with a bracing tonic of laughter and lunacy! Highlights in this evening of interwoven one-acts and sketches include a liberal journalist working for a right wing news program; an octogenarian stressing about the future of the planet; high-level government leakers in love; and a dry cleaner who might be our next president. What do they all have in common? Each is stuck in this strange new post-election world we live in.

Stage Scene LA- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Capital And Main- Recommended

 
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Danny and the Deep Blue Sea  
Edgemar Center for the Arts Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
 
The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is n;ow being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him "the animal," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Joe Straw #9- 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
Edge- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 
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Heisenberg  
Mark Taper Forum Heisenberg
 
Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Denis Arndt (Basic Instinct) star in Heisenberg, a sharply original drama from the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and gives him a kiss, suddenly thrusting these two strangers on an electrifying journey that examines human connection amidst life's uncertainties. Drama Desk winner Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive) directs this New York Times Critics' Pick at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
Edge- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
VC Star- Recommended
The Stage Struck Review- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Blog- Highly Recommended

 
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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
 
A powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success off-Broadway, this revue of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel’s songs pays tribute to his unique genius. Naughty, funny, dark and romantic, Brel’s songs brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer either alive or living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endures.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
Culver City News- Recommended
Stage Raw- Not Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended

 
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Animal Farm  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Animal Farm
 
How do lies become truths? This brilliant satire about the corrupting influence of power charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their human owner in a struggle for rights and equality. Originally produced by Britain’s National Theatre, Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel features music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell.

Culture Spot LA- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Somewhat Recommended
LA Excites- Recommended

 

 
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
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
Ticket Holders LA- Recommended

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