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Top Rated Plays List - The Highest Rated Shows In LA

The "Theatre In LA Top Rated Plays List" is a list of the top rated plays now running in the LA area based on what the current reviews are saying. To see all of the play reviews go to Review Round-Up.

Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

J. Alphonse Nicholson (Broadway's Tony award-winning A Soldier's Play; co-star P-Valley on Starz; Netflix's They Cloned Tyrone) reprises his off-Broadway, tour-de-force star turn as five versions of an African American everyman who travels through time in different incarnations, including a 19th Century minstrel, a faith healer, an FBI informant, a struggling actor and an out-of-work mortgage broker. In each life, Abel is guided, distracted, helped or hindered by a handful of characters with whom his destiny is forever intertwined. We meet each new iteration of Abel Green on a train, which changes in appearance in accordance with each time period and serves as a link between dimensions.

Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green
Inherit the Wind

Two of the nation's leading lawyers go head-to-head in the ultimate battle of wit, wisdom, and will in this powerful drama. With freedom of speech hanging in the balance, will this small-town courtroom bring us together or tear the nation apart? In a fresh production boldly reimagined for today, Inherit the Wind will make you rethink what you know and dare you to question just how much society has evolved.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Highly Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
Its Not About Me- Recommended
The Hollywood Times- Highly Recommended
Inherit the Wind
Alex Edelman's Just for Us

Expertly crafted by one of comedy's most distinctive voices, this singular theatrical experience is an exploration of identity and our collective capacity for empathy-and it's also "belly-laugh funny!" (The New York Times). In the wake of a string of anti-Semitic rhetoric pointed in his direction online, standup comic Edelman decides to go straight to the source; specifically, Queens, where he covertly attends a meeting of White Nationalists and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. What happens next forms the backbone of the shockingly relevant, utterly hilarious, and only moderately perspirant stories that comprise Just for Us.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Recommended
Its Not About Me- Highly Recommended
Alex Edelman's Just for Us
The Half-Light

A drama with warmth and humor. After an intriguing encounter with a psychic, a college secretary asks herself: Can certain people be trained to see the dead? Irisís pursuit of an answer leads to a more earthbound challenge when her beloved colleague, Andrew, is suddenly felled by grief. Armed with her own intuition and the garrulous enthusiasm of her friend Helen, Iris attempts to coax Andrew back to the land of the living. In the meantime, Helen faces off with her daughter, Teresa, who believes her house is haunted. These four charactersí entwined journeys all tilt toward the same goal: to be fully seen in the light and the half-light by another living being.

LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Its Not About Me- Recommended
The Half-Light
Spring Awakening

The revolutionary Tony Award winning best musical that took the world by storm. In 1891 Germany, repressed, adolescent students stumble into adulthood as clumsily as they do into each other's arms. With obstinate parents unwilling to guide them, young Melchior and Wendla explore their desires for each other, while Melchior's dear friend Moritz fumbles dangerously through his own coming-of-age. This generation-defining musical is a rock anthem to all the "guilty ones," poignantly exploring the dark, passionate, and twisting journey from adolescence to adulthood.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Spring Awakening
Lines in the Dust

When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking, but it may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. Set over a half-century after Brown vs. Board of Education, Lines in the Dust explores how far we've come, and more importantly, where we go from here.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Lines in the Dust

To see the LA Theatre Reviews of all plays go to the Theatre In LA Review Round-Up.