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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.

Miss Lilly Gets Boned  
Electric Lodge Miss Lilly Gets Boned
 
Sex, faith, and violence are all part of this intricate package of connections in Miss Lilly Gets Boned. Bekah Brunstetter imaginatively explores the tenuous and permeable boundaries that separate our civilized side from our more animalistic one, and the ways that faith can limit or uplift humanity. While a captive elephant grows ever more anxious in chains, a virginal Sunday school teacher takes a big chance, by opening her heart to the dangers of love.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Hollywood Revealed- Highly Recommended

 

 
John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons  
Ahmanson Theatre John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons
 
Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Latin History for Morons, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals America’s unsung heroes, throughout past and present — all unforgettably told by Tony and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful, and entertaining personalities onstage today. Latin History for Morons is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Daily News- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Recommended
On Stage Blog- Highly Recommended

 
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Andy Warhol's Tomato  
Pacific Resident Theatre Andy Warhol's Tomato
 
When a teenage Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working-class bar in Pittsburgh, PA, he receives inspiration, guidance and friendship from a surprising source. Funny and poignant, Andy Warhol’s Tomato is a world premiere play by Vince Melocchi (himself a Pittsburgh native — as is Andy Warhol).

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
KCRW- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Finding Neverland  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Finding Neverland
 
Based on the Academy Award winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer - and the man - he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he's been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys' hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It's a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered- when you believe, you can fly.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
LA Weekly- Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended

 

 
Little Shop of Horrors  
Pasadena Playhouse Little Shop of Horrors
 
The classic boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story comes to one of the most prolific American theaters, Pasadena Playhouse. The twisted humor and catchy pop-rock score of Little Shop of Horrors capture a new audience, and Audrey II can’t wait to feed on their… applause. Yes, just their applause.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Somewhat Recommended
The Fume of Sighs- Recommended

 
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Deadly  
The Broadwater Deadly
 
1893. A time of hope and optimism as the World's Fair turns the globe's eyes toward Chicago. But within this cultural explosion of art and technology, a demon lurks beneath. Taking advantage of the modern woman's adventuresome spirit, H.H. Holmes builds a hotel - a murder castle - to entrap and kill unsuspecting ladies new to the big city.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended
Hains His Way- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
Handjob  
Echo Theater Company at Atwater Playhouse Handjob
 
When a gay writer hires a man to work as a "shirtless cleaner," homophobia, racism and issues of consent bubble to the surface. Erik Patterson's (One of the Nice Ones) dark comedy explores the deepest sensitivities in our culture - with unexpected and hilarious consequences.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
The Spanish Prayer Book  
The Road on Magnolia The Spanish Prayer Book
 
Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.

Stage Scene LA- Not Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Aleichem Sholom! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem  
Santa Monica Playhouse Aleichem Sholom! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem
 
ake a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world’s most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you’re treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem’s real and fantasy worlds. This bold and bittersweet, raucous and romantic musical comedy celebrates the great man’s 102nd Yahrzeit, journeying through his loves and losses, the controversy surrounding his stories and plays, his fame and his failures. The new musical — the fifth in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem quintilogy — stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again takes on the role of the beloved author. Catch Aleichem Sholom! at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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In Circles  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble In Circles
 
“Papa Dozes, Mama Blows Her Noses.” That’s just one of the delightfully quirky musical numbers from this Obie award-winning musical romp adapted by composer Al Carmines from A Circular Play by Gertrude Stein. Presented as part of Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey’s 1969 inception, In Circles sets Stein's nonlinear prose, based solely on her pleasure at the way certain words sounded together, to a splendid musical score featuring ragtime, tango, waltz, opera, barbershop quartet, jazz and other musical styles. “A madly meaningful tea party which composer Al Carmines has turned into a gemlike operetta.” — Jack Kroll, Newsweek

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Somewhat Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended

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