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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

 

 
A Body of Water  
Actors Co-op Theatre A Body of Water
 
What if you awoke to find yourself married to someone you didn’t know? With a daughter you’ve never met? And what if you spent each day re-learning things about your past that only proved you never really knew what your life was like? From Tony/Pulitzer-nominated playwright Lee Blessing, comes the story of three people searching for lifelong answers to fundamental questions about our purpose, our past and our future. And all the answers may be found in A Body of Water.

LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended

 
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This Side of Crazy  
Zephyr Theatre This Side of Crazy
 
Ditty Blaylock, the most prolific singer in gospel music history, is being honored by “Gospel Music Network.” All the stars are aligning to sing Ditty’s songs on her TV special. But there is one glitch. A little hiccup. Ditty has promised a reunion of The Blaylock Sisters, her three adult daughters who were once national sensations – “little superstars for Jesus.” Rachel, the oldest sister, who lives with Ditty, is furious when she finds out that her baby sister Bethany, an atheist and lesbian, and Abigail, her middle sister, who has “anger issues” and is currently confined to a mental facility, are headed home. What the public is unaware of is that these complicated sisters have been estranged for over twenty-five years - and extreme past circumstances, including a husband left in a coma, have made reconciliation impossible. Once reunited, secrets are revealed, tempers flare and family wounds are exposed. But…the show must go on!

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Highly Recommended

 

 
Fun Home  
Chance Theater Fun Home
 
We kick off our 22nd Anniversary Season with one of the most celebrated and groundbreaking musicals in the last decade. Enjoyed by play and musical lovers alike, Fun Home brings forward aspects of our society that do not often take center stage! Alison's volatile and brilliant father has just died unexpectedly, sparking an achingly beautiful journey of self-discovery and her own journey as an LGBTQ writer, artist, and woman. Join us for this refreshingly honest, wholly original, and intimately emotional musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes that won just about every major New York award during its time on and off Broadway.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
OC Register- Highly Recommended
Peoples World- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  
Ahmanson Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
 
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now touring North America. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Recommended for ages 10 and older, due to adult language.

Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
ArtsBeatLA- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
On Stage Blog- Recommended

 
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Earthquakes in London  
Electric Lodge Earthquakes in London
 
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we are borrowing it from our children. Three sisters are left to raise and care for one another after their mother dies and their father abandons them. Now adults, the sisters find themselves navigating a 21st century London that is at the precipice of both an existential and an all-too-real environmental crisis. Will the sisters succumb to despair? Or will they find a way to face the crisis head-on, embracing both the inevitability of an imperfect future and the possibility of hope? Earthquakes In London, by one of the UK’s most searing of contemporary playwrights, Mike Bartlett (Cock, King Charles III, Bull), tackles our chronic inability to act in the interest of our future generations.

Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

 

 
What the Constitution Means to Me  
Mark Taper Forum What the Constitution Means to Me
 
Direct from Broadway, the 2019 Tony-nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist, What the Constitution Means to Me, by famed writer Heidi Schreck, arrives at the Taper for a strictly limited engagement. This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will affect the next generation of Americans. The tour stars Tony-nominated actress Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black) and features original Broadway cast members Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian. Fifteen year old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives. Schreck’s timely and galvanizing play, directed by Oliver Butler, became a sensation off-Broadway last fall before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award nominations among countless other accolades. See the play The New York Times hails as "not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important.”

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
LA Daily News- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended
On Stage Blog- Recommended

 
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Cirque du Soleil - Volta  
Under The Big Top - Dodger Stadium Cirque du Soleil - Volta
 
VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery. It's about finding yourself, and unveiling your personal powers. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one's true potential and recognizing one's own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Somewhat Recommended
Showmag- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended
On Stage Blog- Highly Recommended

 

 
She Loves Me  
South Coast Repertory She Loves Me
 
Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek's Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they're each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail is "as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss" (New York Daily News).

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Showmag- Highly Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 

 
Until The Flood  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Until The Flood
 
Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”

Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Somewhat Recommended
Cultural Weekly- Highly Recommended
KCRW- Recommended
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

 
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The Father  
Pasadena Playhouse The Father
 
André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. Featuring acclaimed actor Alfred Molina (Frida, An Education, Enchanted April) in a tour-de-force role that will captivate audiences and leave you breathless.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Somewhat Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended
On Stage and Screen- Recommended

 
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West Adams  
Skylight Theatre West Adams
 
A new, dark, comedy about race and class. With a hostile takeover of a neighborhood block party and bouncy houses, Penelope Lowder’s newest play set in historic West Adams takes an uncomfortable look at altruistic gentrification gone wrong. Perhaps reshaping a newly adopted neighborhood in your image isn’t as lofty as one might think.

Broadway World- Recommended
LA Splash- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

 

 
The $5 Shakespeare Company  
Theatre 68 The $5 Shakespeare Company
 
THE $5 SHAKESPEARE COMPANY earnestly and hilariously exposes the trials and tribulations of doing intimate theatre in Los Angeles. Through a fictional down-and-out Shakespeare company in Hollywood, this play examines the significance (and insignificance) of doing 99-seat theatre for little-to-no pay, when there are more people on stage than in the audience, in a town obsessed with film and television. Can art have meaning if it fails to connect to an audience, and likewise can our lives have meaning if we fail to connect with each other?

Stage and Cinema- Not Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Recommended
Hains His Way- Recommended

 
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Nowhere On The Border  
The Road on Magnolia Nowhere On The Border
 
A border watch volunteer confronts a Mexican man who claims to be looking for his missing daughter. Set in a hostile wasteland between nations, NOWHERE ON THE BORDER reveals the personal dramas that drive people to cross borders both physical and emotional.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
The Tolucan Times- Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Gia on the Move- Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Peoples World- Recommended

 

 
The Unseen Hand and Killer's Head  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble The Unseen Hand and Killer's Head
 
What happens when 1880 Western bandits are brought back to life in Azusa, CA by a space alien? E.T. meets the Old West in Sam Shepard’s The Unseen Hand, a hilarious yet foreboding sci-fi Western about a trio of legendary cowboys resurrected to help a mutant extraterrestrial free his people from slavery. Called “a sixpack of vintage Shepard” by The New York Times, Shepard’s 1969 one-act joins the Odyssey ‘s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the company’s inception. The evening also includes Shepard's gritty and audacious Killer’s Head, a murderer’s monologue delivered as he awaits electrocution, performed by a rotating cast of prominent actors including Steve Howey, Dermot Mulroney and more TBA.

Los Angeles Times- Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
LA Splash- Somewhat Recommended
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
Hollywood Progressive- Recommended
Total Theater- Highly Recommended
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre Notes- Recommended

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