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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.

For Piano and Harpo  
Falcon Theatre For Piano and Harpo
 
Oscar Levant, the brilliant, witty, pill-popping concert pianist, wakes up to find himself in the Psych Ward of Mt. Sinai Hospital. His past collides with his present, as he grapples with his demons to save his marriage and his sanity. It's a nightmarish, and sometimes hilarious journey, from addiction to redemption, as he verbally jousts with Jack Paar, is haunted by the genius of George Gershwin, and moves in with his only friend, Harpo Marx.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
33 Variations  
Actors Co-op Theatre 33 Variations
 
The Tony Award-winning play about passion, parenthood and moments of beauty comes to Hollywood's Actors Co-op Theatres. With a mother grappling with her daughter, a composer grappling with genius and both debilitated by ailments, the obsession they share may bridge the 200 years of time that separate them. From present-day New York to 19th century Austria, from a modern musicologist to composer Ludwig van Beethoven, witness the beautiful ties that connect us across both time and space. This show is recommended for those age 14 or older.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 946:  The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
 
Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, this play tears apart everything we thought we knew about the World War II D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy in this tender tale of love and war. England-based theatrical company Kneehigh Theatre, which wowed Wallis audiences with Brief Encounter, now returns with their grab-bag of music, puppetry and boisterousness to tell the tale of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Be transported to the sleepy village of Slapton Sands, England, 1944, where a young girl experiences soldiers occupying her family house and property, with only her cat to confide in. The show proves that even with death and destruction all around, it takes more than a world war to bring down the human spirit. You won't want to miss the production that The Times (London) calls "a wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre ... touchingly and gloriously imaginative."

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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The Found Dog Ribbon Dance  
Atwater Village Theatre The Found Dog Ribbon Dance
 
Dog lovers of Los Angeles, rejoice! The world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's The Found Dog Ribbon Dance features professional cuddler Norma and her quest to return a lost dog to its rightful owner. Along the way, she meets a set of oddballs and even snags a second chance at love. This romantic comedy at the Atwater Village Theatre shows attendees a little something about loneliness, the enticing yet adorable power of oxytocin, and the healing ways of Whitney Houston.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Will Call- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 
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Finding Neverland  
Pantages Theatre Finding Neverland
 
Based on the Academy Award® winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered— when you believe, you can fly.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended

 
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Long Day's Journey Into Night  
Geffen Playhouse Long Day's Journey Into Night
 
Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Long Day's Journey Into Night is a high water mark of American theater, and now it's coming to the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with a new production starring Alfred Molina and Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek. The story centers on the aging patriarch of a seemingly tight-knit family. James Tyrone is an Irish-American immigrant who's built a highly successful career as an actor. Over the course of a single day, he, his wife and his two grown sons air untold grievances and long-held, difficult secrets that threaten to shatter the successful image they've created for themselves. Themes of guilt, blame, memory and suffering stir to create a dysfunctional but emotionally honest portrait of a modern American family as they struggle to heal and forgive each other.

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

 
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Plasticity  
Hudson Theatre Plasticity
 
Blending cutting-edge science with masterful storytelling, Plasticity takes the audience deep inside the mind of David Rosely, even as he lies in a coma. A hovering circle of doctors and loved ones, including David’s twin brother Grant, are all played by Lyras in an unusual solo performance: the actor not only creates multiple characters, but interacts with them on stage through the use of integrated projections.

Broadway World- Recommended
Edge- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
Fugu  
Pico Playhouse Fugu
 
Fugu is suggested by true events. The narrative is set at a time prior to the United States’ entry into World War II. Thanks to the efforts of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, 6000 Lithuanian Jews were rescued from the clutches of the Nazis and relocated to Kobe, Japan. Colonel Nohiro Yasue, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is stationed in Kobe. The newly settled Jews have established a community there. But their safety may be short-lived. The Gestapo’s Colonel Josef Meisinger, a.k.a. The Butcher of Warsaw, is a Nazi liaison at the German Embassy, intent on seeing that no Jews escape alive. Meanwhile, Col. Yasue has devised a scheme with the objective of seeing to it that Japan and America do not come to blows. The plan is called “Fugu.” (You’ll have to see the play to get the full significance of the term.) Yasue, mistakenly believing that President Roosevelt is Jewish, selects the leader of the Jewish community, Dr. Avram Kaufman, to be his emissary to contact Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood to convince the U.S.A of Japan’s good intentions toward the Jews, serving to avoid Japan’s entry into a bloody international war.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 

 
Claudio Quest  
Chance Theater Claudio Quest
 
A new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.

Broadway World- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
OC Register- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
White Guy On The Bus  
The Road on Magnolia White Guy On The Bus
 
Ray, a white financial manager from an affluent neighborhood, has a loving wife and liberal family. Shatique is a black nursing student and single mom from the rough side of town. As they ride the same bus to the same gritty prison every week, they seem to be getting to know each other – until Ray reveals his shocking true purpose for taking these weekly rides. As the ties between Ray and Shatique spin into a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge and racial biases, they reach a stunning conclusion in this play the New York Times calls “a frank stare-down at racial perceptions today…an unsettling study in cultural disaffection that is likely to spark discussions afterward.”

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Zoot Suit  
Mark Taper Forum Zoot Suit
 
National Medal of Arts recipient Luis Valdez brings his groundbreaking 1978 smash Zoot Suit back to the Mark Taper Forum to celebrate Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary. The production played to packed houses in L.A. for nearly a year before becoming Broadway's first Chicano play and a major motion picture. Now, the Taper stage will once again be filled with a company of 25 mesmerizing actors, singers and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Pulsing with heart, sly wit and an infectious musical score -- featuring Lalo Guerrero's famous songs -- Zoot Suit remains a thrilling theatrical experience that animates the cultural, political and human forces that continue to shape the City of Angels.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
Edge- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 

 

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