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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.

All's Well That Ends Well  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum All's Well That Ends Well
 
Theatricum continues its celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with the Bard’s bittersweet comedy. The beautiful but low-born Helena heals the king, winning the right to marry the man she loves – a count above her station. But no one is prepared for the severity and ruthlessness of Bertram’s rejection of Helena as his royally-decreed wife, nor for the lengths to which Helena will go in order to win his love. This summer, discover Theatricum Botanicum's “garden of theater,” a spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Los Angeles Independent- Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
Thespian Thoughts- Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended
Topanga Messenger- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended

 
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Much Ado About Nothing  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Much Ado About Nothing
 
In one of the most exuberant and spirited battles of the sexes ever written, Beatrice and Benedick’s verbal jousts are witty and sharp, each one calculated to wound. Yet, beneath their animosity lies a mutual attraction that neither dares confess – until circumstances unite them to rescue young friends and unmask their own true love.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Eye Spy LA- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
Topanga Messenger- Recommended

 
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The Tempest  
South Coast Repertory The Tempest
 
Transformed onstage into a travelling tent show, this is The Tempest unlike anything you—or the Bard—ever envisioned! As the wizard Prospero plots revenge on the enemies who banished him, the exuberant epic takes on a new life—thanks to the music (haunting ballads by the inimitable Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan), the magic (by Teller, of the legendary Penn and Teller duo) and the movement (by Pilobolus, the dance troupe Newsday called “mind-blowing…wildly creative…and physically daring”). Produced in association with the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and The Smith Center, Las Vegas. This show opens South Coast Repertory’s 51st season.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
OC Register- Recommended

 

 
Equivocation  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Equivocation
 
At once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller, this bold new work deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times. In London in the year 1605, a down-and-out playwright called “Shagspeare” receives a royal commission from King James to write a play promoting the government's version of the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. As Shag navigates the dangerous course between writing a lie and losing his soul — or writing the truth and losing his head — his devoted theater troupe helps him negotiate each step of the way. Winner of the 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” — Variety

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Topanga Messenger- Recommended

 
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Bulrusher  
Skylight Theatre Bulrusher
 
A multiracial orphan girl, growing up in a predominantly white California town in the 1950's, discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama suddenly appears in her world. Lyrically brimming with passion and humor, Bulrusher is about how we move forward in our lives by learning from our past.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
LifeInLA- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Broadway Bound  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Broadway Bound
 
Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander (who starred in the original Broadway production) directs Neil Simon's hilarious, heartwarming semi-autobiographical play. Brothers Eugene and Stanley Jerome are determined to break into show business as professional comedy writers. As their parents' relationship unravels, the brothers convene in the upstairs bedroom of their Brighton Beach home to write and rehearse material. When the brothers use their real-life family situation as inspiration for a radio comedy skit, they quickly learn the complications that ensue when life informs art. A finalist for the the1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the recipient of four Tony nominations when it premiered on Broadway, Broadway Bound sparkles with the potent combination of Simon’s celebrated comic genius and his deep understanding of family dynamics.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Frontiers- Recommended
Working Authur- Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended

 
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Without Annette  
Whitefire Theatre Without Annette
 
When a play is set in an improv class, anything can happen. Welcome to the world of Without Annette, a risky, fast-paced comedy about the lives, loves and secrets of improv comedians. Co-writers Jeff Doucette (Desperate Housewives, Scandal) and Hope Juber (It's The Housewives!, A Very Brady Musical) have created a richly drawn cast of characters who play, laugh, have affairs, uncover hidden truths and finally unite to improvise their own hilarious finale. With a cast cherry-picked from the Groundlings, Second City, the Spolin Players and Shplotz! (among others), each show is different, a unique hybrid of scripted and improv performance of the highest caliber.

ReviewPlays.com- Somewhat Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
Thespian Thoughts- Somewhat Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Recommended
Thomas Hampton Reviews- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Theatre Spoken Here- Recommended

 
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Animals Out of Paper  
David Henry Hwang Theater Animals Out of Paper
 
The quirky and complicated creatures featured in Animals Out of Paper aren't pieces of origami, but the characters written by playwright (and Pulitzer Prize finalist) Rajiv Joseph. Meet Ilana, a famous origami artist reduced by a series of tragedies to living in her studio, surrounded by paper cranes. Her seclusion is broken by Andy, an energetic high school teacher, and his student Suresh, an origami prodigy with some major attitude problems. Through the interactions of these three, Animals Out of Paper traces the complex ways in which people hurt, heal and love those around them. This funny, inventive and heart-wrenching drama stars C.S. Lee (Dexter), Tess Lina (Revenge) and Kapil Talwalkar.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended

 
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The Tempest  
Theatre Unlimited The Tempest
 
Gloria Gifford, a well-known actress and singer whose credits include 48 Hrs. and This Is Spinal Tap, directs one of Shakespeare's most highly regarded works in this No-Fear Shakespeare abridged and translated production. Set on an enchanted island, The Tempest is a lyrical adventure full of comedy, romance and revenge. One of Shakespeare's indisputable masterpieces, it's a magical tale about the transformative power of forgiveness and the bond between parent and child. This production at T.U. Studios is perfect for lovers of Shakespeare -- and lovers of love.

Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended

 
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The Face In The Reeds  
Ruskin Group Theatre The Face In The Reeds
 
Passover is a celebration of freedom, it is also a quarrel about the meaning of freedom, the value of life, and the shadow of death, which symbolically “passes over” the house. During the course of the evening, conflicts emerge about the merit of faith over conversion, the truth in religion, and the nature of parental responsibility. This night is different from all other nights and of course, this being a Jewish family, it is also a comedy. We're all going to die--but first, you should eat.

Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended

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