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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.

School Girls  
Kirk Douglas Theatre School Girls
 
How far would you go to be queen bee? Paulina, the reigning popularity queen at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter -- and Paulina's hive-minded friends. MCC Theater's production of School Girls is a buoyant and biting comedy that explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. Watch the quest for popularity get underway when Jocelyn Bioh's play takes the stage at Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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Haiti  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Haiti
 
Haiti tells the story of the 1802 uprising, led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, that gave Haitians back their country and rule. This rare revival of William DuBois' historical melodrama, strikes a sharp chord that reverberates throughout the ages. It explores the devastating legacy left by colonialism and slavery, overcome by the strength, resilience, and urgency of those brave enough to fight for freedom.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Highly Recommended

 
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Yellow Face  
Beverly Hills Playhouse Yellow Face
 
A play where truth and fiction blur, the hilarious and biting Yellow Faceis based on the author's own life. When Hwang mistakenly makes a disastrous casting decision, he quickly gets in over his head. As the situation spirals further out of control, he finds himself at the center of a government intrigue and investigation.

LA Daily News- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Will Call- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Accessibly Live Off-Line- Highly Recommended

 

 
Paradise  
Ruskin Group Theatre Paradise
 
When a southern coal-mining town goes from boom to bust, a charismatic preacher arrives to offer salvation…along with his bombshell sidekick who was rescued from a stripper pole. But, now there’s a network reality TV producer from Hollywood who has different ideas about how to make their town great again.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Will Call- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
Sweat  
Mark Taper Forum Sweat
 
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sweat is the scorching new play from Lynn Nottage (Ruined) that The New York Times called "keenly observed and surprisingly funny ... throbs with heartfelt life. " In the industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of friends spend their days on the factory floor and their nights sharing drinks, secrets and laughs. But then layoffs and picket lines begin to erode their trust, and they find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight for self-preservation. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading and arriving at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles after a heralded Broadway run, Sweat is a searing reflection of America's economic decline.

Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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Coriolanus  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Coriolanus
 
Shakespeare's searing tragedy, Coriolanus is a cautionary tale of political manipulation and revenge. Rome, a city where the one-percent rules, is led by a populist general who has nothing but contempt for the common people. Unable to reconcile his disdain for the citizens with his love of country, Coriolanus finds himself driven into the embrace of his sworn enemy. See this masterwork performed under the stars at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga.

Broadway World- Recommended
CurtainUp- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Arrival and Departure  
Fountain Theatre Arrival and Departure
 
This is the world premiere of a reimagined modern-day stage adaptation of the classic 1945 film, Brief Encounter. A deaf man and a hard-of-hearing woman, married to different people, meet accidentally in a New York City subway station. Their casual friendship soon develops into deeper feelings they never expected, forcing both to confront how their simmering relationship will change their lives and damage the lives of those they love forever. An unforgettable love story inspired by one of the most beloved romantic movies of all time, the play Arrival and Departure will be performed simultaneously in Spoken English, American Sign Language, and Open Captioning so that all audiences can enjoy the production.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Will Call- Highly Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Not Recommended
Theatre Spoken Here- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Discover Hollywood- Recommended
Theatre Ghost- Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Recommended
The Los Angeles Beat- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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The Man Who Saved Everything  
Theatre West The Man Who Saved Everything
 
An original drama by Benjamin Scuglia, is a timely, compelling and absorbing exploration of hoarding, family and memory, our possessions and the connections that bind us together.

LA Splash- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Accessibly Live Off-Line- Recommended

 
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Native Gardens  
Pasadena Playhouse Native Gardens
 
It's all hearts and flowers at first in Native Gardens, when an up-and-coming DC power couple move into the house next door to an older, more established husband and wife with a prize-worthy backyard. But when a friendly disagreement over a fence escalates into a fierce dispute over a property line, they're done tiptoeing through the tulips, revealing a deep-rooted rift over culture and class. As a key member of one of the most famous comedy foursomes of all time, director Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) is the perfect pick to guide the cast of this new hot-button comedy at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Will Call- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Ain't Too Proud  
Ahmanson Theatre Ain't Too Proud
 
Recently named Billboard magazine's most successful R&B artists of all time -- over Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson -- the true story of The Temptations comes to vibrant life in an electrifying new musical. They were five young guys on the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally had a hit and the rest is music history -- how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit with tunes like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. You'll hear the iconic hits and witness the signature dance moves that made the "Classic Five" Temptations part of our cultural history in this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal. Don't miss this prestigious project from award-winning writer Dominique Morisseau (The Detroit Project, TV's Shameless), hot Broadway choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Flashdance, Memphis, On Your Feet!) and Tony-winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), coming to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Get your tickets for Ain't Too Proud now during this special pre-sale offer.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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The Chalk Garden  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum The Chalk Garden
 
Members of the Geer family star in Enid Bagnold's classic about three generations of a family struggling to live together. Set in the Sussex seaside in the 1950's, Mrs. St. Maugham is an eccentric who spends her days gardening, but can't make anything grow. Her precocious teenage granddaughter, Laurel, has a penchant for lighting fires while her estranged daughter, Olivia, struggles to find her place. When the mysterious Miss Madrigal is hired as household companion, family secrets and intrigue unfold in a play that is sometimes poetic, sometimes zany and sometimes like a detective story. The Chalk Garden comes to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga.

LA Daily News- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Marian  
Theatre of NOTE Marian
 
L.A.'s Theatre of Note presents the West Coast premiere of Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood, Adam Szymkowicz's gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic Robin Hood myth. In this retelling of the tale, Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (a few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who will stand for the vulnerable if not Robin? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of trouble? Modern concerns and romantic entanglements clash on the battlefield and on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle. It's a play about selfishness and selflessness, love deferred and the fight, which must always go on.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Discover Hollywood- Recommended

 
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Infidel  
Whitefire Theatre Infidel
 
Infidel is a suspense thriller that explores religious superstition and terror in the name of Islam versus unscrupulous Western imperialism and war mongering. When an American anthropologist is kidnapped in Baghdad by seemingly ruthless fundamentalists, an exchange of ideas with his captors evolves into a spiritual quest for the meaning of faith. See this new play at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Somewhat Recommended

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