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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.

Paradise  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Paradise
 
Paradise — Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and American Oasis present Laura Maria Censabella’s moving, funny and thought-provoking drama, Paradise. What is the science behind first love? Two outsiders, a gifted Yemeni-American teenager at a poorly rated high school in the South Bronx and her disillusioned biology teacher, form an unlikely scientific partnership in the hope of securing her a scholarship. But when conflicts arise over differences in religion, culture and the boundaries of mentorship, their capacity to alter the course of each other's lives becomes greater than either had imagined. Paradise was commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, dedicated to developing new works about science and technology, and was a runner-up for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Smart Love  
Pacific Resident Theatre Smart Love
 
Smart Love is a smart new comedy with a twist about science, family and just how far human beings will go in order to salvage love. The Wachowski household is thrown upside down when their son makes a surprise visit home from MIT with an unexpected guest. Watch the fireworks that ensue and enjoy the fallout when Smart Love comes to the stage of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Linda Vista  
Mark Taper Forum Linda Vista
 
Wheeler just turned 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex -- complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be in this major new play from the writer of August: Osage County. In this Steppenwolf Theatre Company production, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts delivers a "male midlife crisis tragicomedy of epic proportions" (Chicago Sun Times) in this "smart, very funny, hugely entertaining play" (Daily Herald) that resonates with a new sense of sobriety in the wake of #MeToo. Coming to the stage in 2019 at the Mark Taper Forum.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Not Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Hir  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Hir
 
Hir — Bart DeLorenzo directs this darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac’s father by his debilitating stroke, and with Max, Isaac's newly out transgender sibling, as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. “Top Ten Best Theater of 2015… Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.” — The New York Times

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
KCRW- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 
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Last Call  
Atwater Village Theatre Last Call
 
In this semi-autobiographical dramedy by writer/producer Anne Kenney (Outlander, Switched at Birth, Family Law), the Vaughn family’s go-to defense mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls short when the aging parents hatch a not-so-funny way to avoid the retirement home.

Stage and Cinema- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Will Call- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 

 

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