Eric A. Gordon: Both of these latest entries into the genre of dark political dramas have strong feminist elements woven into their plots, giving them an extra measure of contemporary relevance.
Ed Rampell: Now this welcome James Baldwin Renaissance keeps rolling out the hits with Loft Ensemble’s scintillating stage revival of the bard’s 1964 Blues for Mr. Charlie.
Eric A. Gordon: Ruben Santiago-Hudson not only wrote Lackawanna Blues, as an almost dream-like recreation of his late 1950s and early 1960s childhood in this New York State industrial town. He also performs it and he self-directed.
Ed Rampell: The revival of this rollicking roller skating romp is part of Center Theatre Group’s annual “Block Party” that celebrates the L.A. stage by re-mounting several intimate theatre productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Eric A. Gordon: Two new plays, one a world and the other a West Coast premiere, have just opened in L.A., both dealing sensitively and challengingly with the hot-button issues of our time—race, gender, and class.