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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.

Hamilton

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Variety- Highly Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Highly Recommended
OC Register- Highly Recommended
Grigware Blogspot- Highly Recommended
Daily Bruin- Highly Recommended
Entertainment Weekly- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Hamilton
Trouble The Water

Inspired by the real-life story of Robert Smalls, who escaped slavery to become an American hero, Trouble the Water navigates the rich tributaries of courage, betrayal and redemption. Freely adapted by Ellen Geer from the 2019 award-winning historical novel by Rebecca Dwight Bruff and directed by Gerald C. Rivers.

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended
Larchmont Buzz- Highly Recommended
Trouble The Water
The Secret World of Archy and Mehitabel

What could possibly come of the strange collaboration between a tiny, six-legged creature whose ancestors walked with the dinosaurs, and an overworked, overwrought newspaper man in New York City? Adapted for the stage by Dan Gilvezan, the world premiere of The Secret World of Archy & Mehitabel brings the beloved New York Evening Sun columns by journalist Don Marquis to life.

LA Splash- Highly Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Recommended
The Secret World of Archy and Mehitabel
Animal Farm

Revolt is afoot at Manor Farm, when downtrodden beasts of burden rise-up against the cruel Farmer Jones. But self-ruled animal utopia quickly gives way to the temptations of power and privilege in Peter Hall's fast-moving musical adaptation of George Orwell's savage satire.

Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
Animal Farm
Young Frankenstein

It's Alive! (And it's even more hilarious than ever!) From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, we bring you legendary actress, Sally Struthers ("All In The Family," "Gilmore Girls") starring as "Frau Blücher" in the Southern California Premiere production of the newly revised, London version of this monstrously entertaining musical comedy. This electrifying musical stage adaptation of Mel Brooks' brilliantly funny film will leave you in stitches! Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous inventor Doctor Frankenstein, reluctantly inherits the family estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick named Igor and lab assistant Inga, Frederick finds himself following in the mad-scientist tradition of his ancestor, creating a monster for this century. When the monster escapes, hilarity abounds. London reviewers called it "a love letter to American vaudeville" and "an evening of gloriously impure fun."

Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Cultural Daily- Highly Recommended
Young Frankenstein
The West Side Waltz

Forty-one years after its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, Academy Award-winning writer Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond) has deconstructed his script for The West Side Waltz. In the world premiere of Thompson's newly revised, music and heart-filled comedy set during the tumultuous '80s, Theatricum artistic director Ellen Geer; her sister, Melora Marshall; and daughter Willow Geer take on the roles of an aging concert pianist, her violin-playing spinster neighbor, and a would-be actress on New York's Upper West Side.

Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Larchmont Buzz- Highly Recommended
Glamgical- Recommended
The West Side Waltz
Ghosts

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents acclaimed British director Richard Eyre's stunning new adaptation of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. Eyre illuminates Ibsen's masterpiece, seen as a scandalous work when it was first performed in 1892, with fresh poetry and dark humor. As widow Helene Alving tries to start her life anew after the death of her philandering husband, she must confront the ghosts of the past and the weight of her own secrets. She is determined that her son will not follow in his father's footsteps, but when Oswald returns from France, she discovers that she may be too late.

LA Splash- Highly Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
Larchmont Buzz- Recommended
Ghosts
Jagged Little Pill

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE-everything we've been waiting to see in a Broadway show- is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette's world-changing music. This electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family "vaults the audience to its collective feet" (The Guardian). "Redemptive, rousing and real, JAGGED LITTLE PILL stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway." (The New York Times)

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Not Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Daily Bruin- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
Indulge Magazine- Highly Recommended
Jagged Little Pill
Babe

Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Abby has been discovering new talent since the '90s, when she became the right hand to A&R ("Artists & Repertoire") legend Gus. Together, they signed big bands, loved, fought and lived hard. It was the best kind of work marriage-at least that's how Abby sees it. That is until Gen Z Kaitlin shows up, hell bent on showing these old rockers it's 2022, and there's a new generation hell-bent on changing the world. Evolve or die. Who goes down?

Stage Scene LA- Not Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Larchmont Buzz- Highly Recommended
Babe
Everybody

Antaeus Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of Everybody, a funny, provocative and very modern riff on a 15th-century morality play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. This is the story of us all, as we journey through life's greatest mystery-the meaning of living. Representing the randomness of life and death, some of the cast are assigned roles by lottery during the show, creating a unique viewing experience each night.

Stage Scene LA- Not Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
Everybody
A Great Wilderness

Rogue Machine at The Matrix

Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter navigates complex terrain into gay conversion therapy. Walt has devoted his life to "curing" gay teenage boys but his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points one way. How does one find their true north?

LA Splash- Somewhat Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended
Glamgical- Recommended
A Great Wilderness

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