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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.

Hamilton  
Pantages Theatre Hamilton
 
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Variety- Highly Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Highly Recommended
OC Register- Highly Recommended
Grigware Blogspot- Highly Recommended
Daily Burn- Highly Recommended
Entertainment Weekly- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended

 

 
Once  
South Coast Repertory Once
 
"Glorious and inspiring" (Time Out New York), "fun and heartfelt" (The New Yorker), Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended

 

 
Somewhere in the Middle  
Crown City Theatre Company Somewhere in the Middle
 
When Sarah, the overachieving oldest child of an average Midwestern family, comes home for Passover dressed in Muslim garb, she ignites a powder keg of uncomfortable issues in the new comedic drama Somewhere in the Middle (or, guess who's coming to Passover). Now her father is worried Sarah's religious studies class has turned her away from her Jewish heritage, while her mother and grandmother are flabbergasted, and her younger brother is just thrilled to be the new golden child. But Sarah is only getting started with the surprises. When her new boyfriend shows up, the family is forced to confront its prejudices. Don't miss this timely new work by Gary Lamb at the Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood.

Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Grigware Blogspot- Recommended

 
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Trouble in Mind  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Trouble in Mind
 
This scathingly funny backstage drama about interracial politics by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress follows an integrated theater company in rehearsal for a “progressive” anti-lynching drama. The play-within-a-play, entitled Chaos in Belleville, marks the first opportunity for gifted African American actress Wiletta Mayer to play a leading lady on Broadway. But what compromises must she make to succeed?

LA Daily News- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Arsenic and Old Lace  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Arsenic and Old Lace
 
Some seniors take up golf, others enjoy painting, but only a select few devote their golden years to that most ancient of hobbies: murder. Arsenic and Old Lace introduces a pair of kindly spinsters who poison lonely old men and bury them in the basement. They're joined in their charm and eccentricity by one nephew who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt and another who's an escaped convict resembling Boris Karloff. Into this madhouse wanders another nephew, the relatively sane Mortimer, who must negotiate all this craziness while preserving his relationship with his new fiancée -- and without calling in the cops. Odyssey Theatre Ensembles beloved black comedy, which was adapted into the famed 1944 Frank Capra film starring Cary Grant, for Los Angeles audiences.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
Culver City News- Highly Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Bucking Trends- Highly Recommended
LA Excites- Highly Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended

 
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Daytona  
MET Theatre Daytona
 
Haunting and humorous, Daytona is a play with two love stories at its heart. Joe and Elli were childhood friends who survived the Holocaust. They found each other, after the war, and have been married almost 50 years now and living in New New York. The couple created a world for themselves to forget the past…until the day an unexpected visitor arrives, fracturing the relationship that took a lifetime to build. How do we forgive ourselves, and others, and live with what we have done?

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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Other Desert Cities  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Other Desert Cities
 
Jon Robin Baitz’s funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At Theatricum, it’s truly a family affair, with a cast that includes members of founder Will Geer’s own family: daughters Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall, and granddaughter Willow Geer. The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays — including politically liberal daughter Brooke who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City  
Geffen Playhouse A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City
 
Actress-playwright Halley Feiffer stars in the Geffen Playhouse production of her off-Broadway comedy that "blends rage with gallows humor," according to The New York Times, which made it a Critics' Pick in 2016. In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, a frustrated stand-up comic is trying out material on her mother, who happens to be a patient in said hospital, when the son of the comatose woman sharing the room takes offense, sparking an entertaining back-and-forth that may or may not lead to romance. Trip Cullman, who directed the New York version, takes on the same duties here with a cast featuring Feiffer (the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning satirist Jules Feiffer), Jason Butler Harner, Eileen T'Kaye and JoBeth Williams. This production contains profanity, sexual language and sexual conduct.

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

 
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Grey Nomad  
Australian Theatre Company at Skylight Theatre Grey Nomad
 
L.A.'s Australian Theatre Company presents Dan Lee's funny, engaging comedy about two retired couples who have dedicated their lives to RVing around Australia. It's a comic road show that captures the unique sense of camaraderie and almost supernatural devotion to a lifestyle of perpetual circumnavigation led by the free range, baby boomers of Australia who call themselves "grey nomads."

Broadway World- Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Not Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Recommended

 
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Animal Farm  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Animal Farm
 
How do lies become truths? This brilliant satire about the corrupting influence of power charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their human owner in a struggle for rights and equality. Originally produced by Britain’s National Theatre, Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel features music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
CurtainUp- Recommended
Culture Spot LA- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended
LA Excites- Recommended

 

 

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