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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.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  
Antaeus Theater Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
Filled to the brim with painful secrets and desperate longings, Tennessee Williams' masterwork is the story of a family breaking down. With iconic roles and beautiful poetry, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a sexy, smoldering descent into a world choking on mendacity

Edge- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 

 
Martha  
Whitefire Theatre Martha
 
A glimpse into the life of Martha Graham, the legendary pioneer of modern dance and the fierce, witty, trailblazing feminist, who refused to let age define or confine her. An electrifying performer who danced into her 70’s and choreographed into her 90’s, she was a major artist of the twentieth century, who possessed a gift for revealing emotion and the complexities of humanity through the dances that she created. For an artist like Graham a life away from the arts feels impossible, but when is it time to say..."when?”

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Culver City News- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Man of La Mancha  
A Noise Within Man of La Mancha
 
Inspired by the beloved classic Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the best musicals ever to grace the 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 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. Celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and the power of storytelling in this production from A Noise Within.

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

 

 
Pure Confidence  
Sacred Fools Theater Pure Confidence
 
Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble presents Pure Confidence, a new play set against the vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting in the leadup to the Civil War. Samuel Cato is a crafty, self-assured slave and jockey who, along with his horse, Pure Confidence, is owned by Colonel Wiley Johnson. Cato and his horse win race after race, eventually earning enough winnings for Cato to buy his and his wife's freedom. But when the Civil War begins, Cato's life and livelihood are turned upside down. Don't miss this daring, funny and emotional story about the true meaning of freedom when it comes to the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles.

Broadway World- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Theatre Spoken Here- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 
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A DeLUSIONAL Affair  
Santa Monica Playhouse A DeLUSIONAL Affair
 
A DeLUSIONAL Affair, by Albert James Kallis, directed by Chris DeCarlo. Just when you thought your life was finally under control, Fate steps in, turns everything on its heels, and you're off on the wild ride of your life. Funny, touching, and just a little bit racy, Albert James Kallis's A DeLUSIONAL Affair will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy and reality and come away with a new perspective on it all.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 
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Punk Rock  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Punk Rock
 
A ferociously funny, complex and unnerving look at seven intelligent, articulate teens at an English prep school as they tangle with the pressures of love, sex, bullying and college entrance exams. Based on his experiences as a teacher and inspired by the 1999 Columbine shooting, playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) peels back the layers of the teenage psyche to look at the confusion, disconnect and latent savagery simmering beneath the surface.

Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Not Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Harlequino: On to Freedom  
The Ivy Substation Harlequino: On to Freedom
 
Academy Award-winning actor, director, writer and activist Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption) is also the founding director of experimental theater group The Actors' Gang, which has produced more than 100 innovative plays since its formation in 1981. Robbins' latest work as writer and director is Harlequino: On to Freedom, a genre-defying new musical at The Ivy Substation in which a group of rogue actors hijack a professor's lecture and slideshow on the classic Italian comedy form commedia dell'arte. The actors' perception of the commedia is quite different from that of the good doctor, and their conflict becomes a battle for the soul of the comedic form -- questioning the purpose of art, how history is written, what's funny (and what's not) and what it means to be free.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended

 
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Into The Woods  
Ahmanson Theatre Into The Woods
 
Venture Into the Woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York's surprise hit of this season. Unanimously lauded by critics and extended twice on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is now on its national tour. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before, and it's coming to the stage of the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Including dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone," this thrillingly clever version made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall "head over heels." Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and the tradeoffs sometimes required to make them come true.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Grigware Blogspot- Highly Recommended

 
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Ah, Wilderness!  
A Noise Within Ah, Wilderness!
 
Return to a simpler time in Eugene O'Neill's unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny Ah, Wilderness! As the Connecticut-based Miller clan plans their traditional Fourth of July festivities, their dreamy-eyed middle child, Richard, is wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature and the exquisite pain of young love. The memories of family life were never so delicately portrayed as in O'Neill's only comedy -- a coming-of-age love letter to a simpler time and a beautiful ensemble piece that centers on the universal nature of love. See this slice of Americana come to life from Pasadena's A Noise Within. This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Edge- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended
Tin Pan LA- Recommended

 
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Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers  
Skylight Theatre Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers
 
The roots of reproductive justice are unearthed in this poetically raw play by Louisa Hill. Knocked up as a teenager, Dee finally meets the baby she gave up for adoption. Only thing is, the baby is now 25, really into death metal, and wants nothing to do with her.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 
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Cat's-Paw  
Actors Co-op Theatre Cat's-Paw
 
Torn from today’s headlines, what do you do when your enemy may be smarter than you? William Mastrosimone’s gripping drama about a terrorist who has wreaked madness and destruction on America and is about to use a news reporter to exploit just one more valuable hostage – the world’s supply of clean water. For mature audiences.

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

 

 

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