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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.

Happy Days  
Boston Court Performing Arts Center Happy Days
 
Renowned director Andrei Belgrader re-examines this Samuel Beckett classic, newly relevant to a generation burdened by climate change and environmental doom. Brooke Adams plays Winnie, a woman buried up to her bosom in a mound of dirt with nothing to pass the time but the ragged contents of her bag, her nimble wit, and her husband Willie, played by Tony Shalhoub, lurking somewhere behind her. This droll, existential allegory demonstrates the vitality of the human spirit in the face of a deteriorating world.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Recommended

 
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Spring Awakening  
Deaf West Theatre Spring Awakening
 
Deaf West Theatre, in association with The Forest of Arden, reinvents the multiple Tony Award-winning musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth with an immersive production performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying rock/pop score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Featuring a cast of 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors and musicians.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
ReviewPlays.com- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Neon Tommy- Recommended
Musicals In LA- Recommended
Gazettes- Recommended

 

 
The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?  
David Henry Hwang Theater The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?
 
"The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?" is the tale of a married, middle-aged architect, Martin, his wife Stevie, and their son Billy, whose lives crumble when Martin falls in love with a goat. The play focuses on the limits of an ostensibly liberal society, challenging audience members to question their own morality and the way in which we choose to maintain humanity and dignity when taken to the brink of extreme chaos.

Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Neon Tommy- Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended

 

 
The Face In The Reeds  
Ruskin Group Theatre The Face In The Reeds
 
Passover is a celebration of freedom, it is also a quarrel about the meaning of freedom, the value of life, and the shadow of death, which symbolically “passes over” the house. During the course of the evening, conflicts emerge about the merit of faith over conversion, the truth in religion, and the nature of parental responsibility. This night is different from all other nights and of course, this being a Jewish family, it is also a comedy. We're all going to die--but first, you should eat.

Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended

 
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Without Annette  
Whitefire Theatre Without Annette
 
When a play is set in an improv class, anything can happen. Welcome to the world of Without Annette, a risky, fast-paced comedy about the lives, loves and secrets of improv comedians. Co-writers Jeff Doucette (Desperate Housewives, Scandal) and Hope Juber (It's The Housewives!, A Very Brady Musical) have created a richly drawn cast of characters who play, laugh, have affairs, uncover hidden truths and finally unite to improvise their own hilarious finale. With a cast cherry-picked from the Groundlings, Second City, the Spolin Players and Shplotz! (among others), each show is different, a unique hybrid of scripted and improv performance of the highest caliber.

ReviewPlays.com- Somewhat Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
Thespian Thoughts- Somewhat Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Recommended
Thomas Hampton Reviews- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Theatre Spoken Here- Recommended

 
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Kiss Me, Kate  
Pasadena Playhouse Kiss Me, Kate
 
KISS ME, KATE represents the iconic composer-lyricist Cole Porter at his very best and includes some of musical theatre’s most famous songs: “So in Love,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare (it describes a production of The Taming of the Shrew) and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre - both onstage and off. The book is by Bella and Samuel Spewack.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
OC Register- Recommended
Neon Tommy- Recommended
TheatreMania- Somewhat Recommended
LifeInLA- Recommended

 
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Equivocation  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Equivocation
 
At once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller, this bold new work deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times. In London in the year 1605, a down-and-out playwright called “Shagspeare” receives a royal commission from King James to write a play promoting the government's version of the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. As Shag navigates the dangerous course between writing a lie and losing his soul — or writing the truth and losing his head — his devoted theater troupe helps him negotiate each step of the way. Winner of the 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. “One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” — Variety

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
StageHappenings.com- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Recommended
Jesther Entertainment- Somewhat Recommended
Advice To The Players- Somewhat Recommended
Topanga Messenger- Recommended

 
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Animals Out of Paper  
David Henry Hwang Theater Animals Out of Paper
 
The quirky and complicated creatures featured in Animals Out of Paper aren't pieces of origami, but the characters written by playwright (and Pulitzer Prize finalist) Rajiv Joseph. Meet Ilana, a famous origami artist reduced by a series of tragedies to living in her studio, surrounded by paper cranes. Her seclusion is broken by Andy, an energetic high school teacher, and his student Suresh, an origami prodigy with some major attitude problems. Through the interactions of these three, Animals Out of Paper traces the complex ways in which people hurt, heal and love those around them. This funny, inventive and heart-wrenching drama stars C.S. Lee (Dexter), Tess Lina (Revenge) and Kapil Talwalkar.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Somewhat Recommended
ArtsInLA- Somewhat Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
LA Downtown News- Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Recommended

 
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Buried Child  
Whitefire Theatre Buried Child
 
Buried Child, the powerfully mysterious play that won Sam Shepard a 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a darkly comic meditation on the theme of "You can't go home again." The story begins when 20-something Vince decides to bring his girlfriend back to his family's decaying farm. A sweet idea, but there's a hitch: No one "back home" -- neither his folks nor his grandparents -- seems to remember him. Eviscerating Rockwell-ian notions of American rural life, the play oozes with a spookiness that takes a long while to shake off. Buried Child is a bona fide classic masterfully conveying the mystical, cannibalistic pull of family ties even as they unravel.

Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Not Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Recommended
Topanga Messenger- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Joe Straw #9- Somewhat Recommended

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