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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.

When Jazz Had the Blues  
The Matrix When Jazz Had the Blues
 
It was the era of jazz, big bands, and the greatest music ever written. In this searing new musical, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES centers on the lives of musical genius, Billy Strayhorn, and his uneasy relationships with Lena Horne and Duke Ellington, as well as Billy’s lover, Aaron Bridgers. Set against a time of racism, homophobia, and World War II, WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES follows us around Manhattan and the nightclubs of Harlem. We follow their lives through a musical songbook that sustained us during the worst of the Great Depression and the Second World War, a war in which blacks and whites served separately just as they weren’t allowed to share the same bandstand. A six piece orchestra, four member dance ensemble, and eight outstanding actors bring the play to life.

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

 

 
The Play About The Baby  
The Road on Magnolia The Play About The Baby
 
In this rarely produced dark comedy by one of America’s greatest playwrights, a young couple who are madly in love with each other, have a child - the perfect family - that is, until a mysterious older couple steal the baby. Through a series of mind games and manipulations, they call into question both couples' sense of reality and fiction, joy and sorrow.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Gia on the Move- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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The Consul, The Tramp and America's Sweetheart  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre The Consul, The Tramp and America's Sweetheart
 
Georg Gyssling (1893-1965), German Consul in Los Angeles and a Nazi party member, was charged by Hitler to dissuade Hollywood from making pictures critical of the Third Reich, by threats of banning Hollywood product in the German and Austrian markets. In The Consul, The Tramp and America's Sweetheart, Gyssling visits United Artists head Mary Pickford (1892-1979) in an attempt to block filming of The Great Dictator, directed by Charles Chaplin (1889-1977). Pickford's receptionist, Esther Hollembe, gives the audience entree to the meetings in Pickford's office between Hollywood's first female mogul, a beloved actor and director, and a Nazi schemer.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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Sylvia  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Sylvia
 
When Greg crashes into a midlife crisis, he decides to adopt Sylvia, an energetic stray dog. His relationship with his wife Kate suffers for the spontaneous decision, so family and friends new and old sit him down for some counseling in this romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney, the author of Love Letters. Now the long-married empty nesters have to dig their way out of an unexpected hole, in which Kate feels like she's losing Greg's affection to his new best friend. This imaginative take on a midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and insightful thoughts on love, marriage, jealousy and canines. Sit, stay and enjoy all the fun of Sylvia at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 
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A Nice Family Christmas  
Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre A Nice Family Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve in Minnesota. A young newspaper reporter, on the brink of being fired, has been assigned a last chance story about a typical family Christmas - his family. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, and eccentric grandmother as well as battling siblings and neurotic spouses with no shortage of juicy secrets and family squabbles.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Icebergs  
Geffen Playhouse Icebergs
 
The Geffen's latest world-premiere comedy dives into the challenges faced by a group of thirtysomethings pursuing both filmmaking and family in the placid environs of Silver Lake, while something darker may be brewing just beneath the surface. Thora Birch (Ghost World) and Nate Corddry (Mom) lead the cast of Icebergs, written by Alena Smith (TV's The Affair, The Newsroom) -- who was recently dubbed one of Variety's 10 Writers to Watch -- and steered by L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Highly Recommended
Will Call- Recommended

 
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How To Love A Republican  
Santa Monica Playhouse How To Love A Republican
 
Tim and Ruth McCoy are the real deal. Long married, wildly in love - the only catch is he's a Christian, she's a Jew, he's a way-right Republican and she's a way-left Democrat. Contributing to the tension? Ruth and Tim decide to play match-maker to their single daughter, with hilarious, yet edifying, results, introducing her to the perfect men, one a Democrat and one a Republican, both running for Congress - against each other! Margie decides it's finally time to research Democrats and Republicans. Find out, along with Margie, who gets her vote, in and out of the bedroom.

LA Splash- Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Revisited  
LA Gay and Lesbian Center The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe:  Revisited
 
For the first time in the 35-year history of Jane Wagner’s iconic play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, the author and her creative and life partner Lily Tomlin have given their approval for it to be reinvented as a fully staged production performed by a company of 12 actors as opposed to its original solo format. In The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Revisited audiences will embark on a hilarious, tender, and profound journey through the streets, across the world, and far beyond.

Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 

 
Waiting for Grace  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Waiting for Grace
 
Grace has it all. Or does she? A successful New York actor, she's always put her career first. But now she's ready for marriage and a baby. Suddenly, the clock is ticking. A fast-paced comedy, Waiting for Grace features characters that many women will relate to, although some may find Sharth's views controversial.

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

 

 
The Beauty Queen of Leenane  
Mark Taper Forum The Beauty Queen of Leenane
 
The Beauty Queen of Leenane serves up a rich Irish stew of dark comedy and drama centering on a seriously dysfunctional mother and daughter. The plain, put-upon Maureen spends her present and foreseeable future caring for her infirm and domineering mother, Mag -- until a final chance at love appears. But Mag isn't about to let Maureen go so easily, setting off a shocking chain of events. This acclaimed tragicomedy by Martin McDonagh, the Oscar-winning writer of In Bruges, comes to the stage at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, courtesy of Dublin's Druid Theatre Company. Called "wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre," by the London Daily Telegraph, this production is helmed by Garry Hynes, who became the first woman ever to win the Best Direction Tony for this show's Broadway run.

Broadway World- Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

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