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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.

Through The Eye Of A Needle  
Lankershim Arts Center Through The Eye Of A Needle
 
The Keen family is dealing with a recent tragedy concerning their daughter, Dana, a Navy corpsman in the Iraq War. Larry copes with a tumbler of scotch (or five), Barbara sets an extra plate setting and Samantha, their teenage daughter, secretly uses Twitter to create a protest. Then Nasser, an Iraqi refugee, arrives at their door unannounced on Christmas Eve. As the family fights over whether or not to keep Nasser's "gift," tempers fly and secrets are revealed. Will the Keens be pulled further apart or will they find grace and redemption in this intriguing family dramedy? This world-premiere production by the Road Theatre at NoHo's Lankershim Arts Center was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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The Giant Void in My Soul  
Pico Playhouse The Giant Void in My Soul
 
A quixotic quest, between friends, leads to new adventures in temptation, self-examination, sensation, and even procreation. While on a journey to fill the void, Cubría’s characters mine the comic ironies of searching for meaning in life. Ever curious, they forge ahead in optimism.

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Theatre Ghost- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Revealed- Recommended

 
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Forever Bound  
Atwater Village Theatre Forever Bound
 
Are we all savages? A rare book dealer's desperate scheme to avoid bankruptcy goes shockingly awry in this darkly funny literary thriller with a surprise twist.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 

 
Bad Jews  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Bad Jews
 
Daphna Feygenbaum considers herself a "real Jew" -- the most devout in her family -- while her cousin Liam is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend. When the two arrive in New York for their Holocaust-surviving grandfather's funeral, they instantly butt heads in a savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family heirloom. Hailed by The Washington Post as "the funniest play of the year," Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews comes to The Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Jewish or not, you're sure to find something to love, and laugh at, in this riotous exercise in familial feuding.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Revealed- Highly Recommended

 
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Blues in the Night  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Blues in the Night
 
The soulful torch songs of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and more fan the flames of sultry, sexy romance-gone-wrong in the Tony-nominated musical revue Blues in the Night, which tells the tragic tale of three women who get burned by the same treacherous man. L.A. theater great Sheldon Epps returns to stage his hit show in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis, where you'll no doubt be stirred and shaken by more than two dozen of the greatest jazz-blues tunes ever recorded, including the title song and classics like "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," "Lover Man," "Am I Blue?" and more.

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

 
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Noises Off  
A Noise Within Noises Off
 
Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off shines a spotlight on the hilarious backstage antics of a group of beleaguered actors attempting to perform a theatrical flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers ... and flying sardines. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), the comedy of errors remains a crowd-pleaser more than 35 years after its debut. Catch this joyfully out-of-control British farce at A Noise Within in Pasadena.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended

 
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Violet  
Actors Co-op Theatre Violet
 
Leaving her North Carolina home behind, Violet boards a bus and travels through the segregated South to be healed by a minister, convinced he can heal her scar, while discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way. From American roots to folk to gospel, Violet is a powerhouse musical with a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess). Witness the fantastic show in this production at Hollywood's Actors Co-op Theatres.

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended
Tin Pan LA- Recommended

 
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Native Son  
Antaeus Theater Native Son
 
Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African-American men are elusive, Kelley’s adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as a series of unleashed events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

LA Weekly- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Night Tinted Glasses- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Tin Pan LA- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 
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School Of Rock  
Pantages Theatre School Of Rock
 
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Weekly- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Edge- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended

 
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ICE  
24th Street Theatre ICE
 
It's 1988. In the shadow of Dodger Stadium, two men arrive with big dreams ... but no documents. ICE is a bilingual, humorous journey in search of what it means to be "American." With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria's salsa recipe and the help of a talking truck, two cousins work day and night to make their taco truck the "Uncle Sam" of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be "the most American food truck" at Dodger Stadium on the 4th of July prove to Immigration, Naturalization and Customs that they truly belong? See the trenchant play at Los Angeles' 24th Street Theatre.

LA Daily News- Recommended
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Colorado Boulevard- Recommended
The TVolution- Somewhat Recommended

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