Category Archives: Reviews

“Better” a world premiere – Examiner.com 10/6/2014

Rating: Five stars This very warm, very touching, sometimes wee bit shocking slice of theatre was very difficult for me to watch at times, not because it was in any way bad, but because it was in so many ways … READ MORE

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Adulthood Sucks, Says Parenthood Writer Jessica Goldberg’s New Play (GO!) – LA Weekly 10/6/2014

By Mayank Keshaviah There’s a well-known lyric from the John Cougar Mellencamp song “Jack & Diane” that goes, “Oh yeah, life goes on / Long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.” In Jessica Goldberg’s family drama Better, New York … READ MORE

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BETTER – StageSceneLA 10/5/2014

by Steven Stanley When humorist Erma Bombeck wrote about “loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that [binds] us all together,” the family she was referring to could easily have been the one to whose nest … READ MORE

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‘The Pain and the Itch’ a very funny play about family, lies and secrets – Examiner.com 11/16/2013

‘The Pain and the Itch’ a very funny play about family, deceit and secrets Rating: Four stars If you’re wondering what the title means, don’t worry, it’s explained in the play’s second act…And trust me, you’ll never see it coming. … READ MORE

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Political Correctness Gets Skewered in ‘The Pain And The Itch’ – LAist 10/31/2013

by Terry Morgan Having seen a couple of plays written by Bruce Norris, (Clybourne Park and The Parallelogram) I’m beginning to detect a theme in his writing. He seems to find the purportedly liberal beliefs of certain rich white people … READ MORE

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“The Pain and the Itch” Review by Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post 10/30/2013

by Rose Desena The first thing I notice when I walk into the theater is the classic Joel Daavid set. A lovely family room complete with a stone fireplace. I felt welcome and comfortable. We are in the home of … READ MORE

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Complete: Theater Review – The Hollywood Reporter 3/5/2013

Grad-student linguists in love are at the center of Andrea Kuchlewska’s unromantic comedy. by Myron Meisel The Bottom Line The use and abuse of language and how it affects our sense of self is at the heart of this glibly … READ MORE

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Complete @ Matrix Theatre – Working Author 3/2/2013

by Ernest Kearney Going into “Complete”, now playing at the Matrix, the program art had me assuming I was attending a “chick Play” – a conclusion that was proven very wrong, very quickly. “Complete” isn’t a “chick play”, it’s an … READ MORE

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Theater review: ‘Play Dates’ at Theatre Asylum – Los Angeles Times 2/3/2011

by David C. Nichols In “Play Dates,” post-millennials Sam and Stacey meet cute, in conventional romantic comedy manner. Except for one twist, and it’s a corker. Sam (Rob Nagle) works as a day trader… in the preschool lunchroom: “Snowballs, Star … READ MORE

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PLAY DATES – StageSceneLA 1/29/2011

by Steven Stanley The war between the sexes has never been funnier than it is in Play Dates, Sam Wolfson’s hilarious new comedy now playing at Theatre Asylum under the sparkling direction of Jennifer Chambers. Dividing its romantic comedy into … READ MORE

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