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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.

Hamilton  
Pantages Theatre 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 Burn- Highly Recommended
Entertainment Weekly- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended

 

 
Salvage  
Lounge Theatre Salvage
 
“Having a dream is like running with scissors.” Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang it up. On his way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Entering, he finds Johnson, the inhospitable bartender, and a single, surly customer, known as Preacher, who’s strumming the blues on an old guitar. Dueling words and songs ensue, dislodging uncomfortable truths, until an unexpected arrival turns everything on its ear.

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended

 
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Neil Simon's Musical Fools  
Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre Neil Simon's Musical Fools
 
A hilarious musical adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). In 1893 Ukraine, a young tutor arrives in Kulyenchikov after a harrowing journey — only to discover that the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Will he fall victim to the curse, or can he save himself and the village too?

Broadway World- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
ArtsInLA- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended

 

 
Eight Nights  
Antaeus Theater Eight Nights
 
Set in one apartment in New York over the span of several generations, this World Premiere follows the poignant journey of a German Jewish refugee and her family in this heartfelt, lyrical portrait of a woman haunted by the past but resiliently moving toward the future.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Accessibly Live Off-Line- Recommended
Theatre Times- Recommended

 
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Elijah  
Victory Theatre Center Elijah
 
Hurricane Elijah has closed down all the roads in a small town in Texas. A disparate group of people take refuge in a TGIFridays restaurant, while, weather permitting, a high-profile execution is scheduled in a nearby prison. The restaurant is low on staff, low on food, but loaded with revelatory exchanges between both intimates and strangers who are impacted by the hurricane, the execution, and the difficulty of reconciling mercy and violence in this little corner of the world.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Somewhat Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Accessibly Live Off-Line- Recommended

 

 
La Vie en Rose  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble La Vie en Rose
 
Grammy-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes travels back to the Paris of Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in this evening of nostalgic French chansons by Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak, La Vie en Rose marks her farewell series of concert performances.

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended

 

 
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

 

 
Waiting for Waiting for Godot  
The Broadwater Waiting for Waiting for Godot
 
It is probably not their night. Ester and Val are understudies for a production of Waiting for Godot. They are committed to art, and frustrated by anonymity. They understand their purpose, but not the reasons they stay. They accept their fate, but question each other's motives, all while waiting for “him“ to appear...

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Gia on the Move- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Accessibly Live Off-Line- Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 

 
Between Riverside and Crazy  
Fountain Theatre Between Riverside and Crazy
 
Walter “Pops” Washington is a retired New York City policeman. His wife has died and his son, “Junior,” has just been released from jail. They live in a rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. Junior’s girlfriend, Lulu, and Oswaldo, a recovering addict, also spend time at the apartment. Walter has been pursuing a discrimination suit against the Police Department, because he was accidentally shot by another police officer. This is a Los Angeles premiere at the award-winning Fountain Theatre. The play won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the 2015 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Santa Monica Daily Press- Not Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- 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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Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room
 
Chicago, June, 1920. The Republican National Convention is in full swing. Warren G. Harding is overwhelmed by the prospect of being the nominee of the Republican Party for President. Hounded by an ambitious campaign manager, a paralyzingly superstitious wife, a star-struck young mistress, and the frightening pull of inevitability, Harding seems destined to be President----or is he? This play explores the extent to which fate controls our lives. Is there a higher power that determines our destinies or are we the aggregate result of the idiosyncracies of flawed humanity?

LA Splash- Recommended
Total Theater- Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Somewhat Recommended

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