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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.

Jersey Boys  
Ahmanson Theatre Jersey Boys
 
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony- and Grammy-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts -- Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi -- are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off the stage. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended

 
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The Lyons  
Lankershim Arts Center The Lyons
 
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in this "smart and funny and moving" (New York Observer) drama that The Hollywood Reporter hailed as "black comedy perfection" during its 2012 run. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- salty language included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons is now presented at the Lankershim Arts Center North Hollywood in a new production by Road Theatre Company.

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

 
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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
Night Tinted Glasses- 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

 
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The House In Scarsdale: A Memoire For The Stage  
Boston Court Performing Arts Center The House In Scarsdale:  A Memoire For The Stage
 
As Tolstoy said “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In The House in Scarsdale, playwright Dan O’Brien traces the roots of his family’s particular unhappiness to learn why his parents and siblings cut him off years ago. The more Dan learns about his family, the more mysterious the circumstances surrounding their estrangement become, until his world is shaken when rumors surface that his real father might be another member of the family. Ultimately, Dan must decide if his pathological pursuit of the truth is worth the risk or should he follow the advice of a psychic and make his life a never-finished work of art.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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Lucky Stiff  
Actors Co-op Theatre Lucky Stiff
 
As a recipe for non-stop laughs, it's hard to top the winning concoction of slamming doors, mistaken identities and $6 million in diamonds ... not to mention a corpse in a wheelchair. Fortunately, all of those ingredients and more are mixed into Lucky Stiff, a musical soufflé that is sure to leave you comically satisfied. The story revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who's forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, he stands to inherit millions. If he gets caught, the money will be donated to charity -- or land in the hands of the casino owner's gun-toting wife. Written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), this musical-murder-mystery-farce takes the stage at Actors Co-op Theatre in Hollywood.

Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Not Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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Archduke and Dinner for Four Strangers  
Mark Taper Forum Archduke and Dinner for Four Strangers
 
A poetic new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, Archduke tells the astonishing tale of a group of young men and their unlikely path to terrorism during the onset of WWI. Set against the backdrop of Belgrade in 1914, three strangers are diagnosed with a debilitating disease. Terminally ill and with nothing left to lose, they become the perfect candidates for Serbia's secret military society, The Black Hand. Chock-full of Joseph's signature dark humor, Archduke draws startling parallels between the 20th century and our own troubling present. Experience this world-premiere play when it takes the stage of L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. Then, after the show, you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine from a prixe menu at Vespaio with other guests.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
LA Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Blog- 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
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Stage Raw- 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
On Stage and Screen- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended
Capital And Main- Not Recommended

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