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CurtainUp in California
Past Los Angeles Reviews. . .  All CurtainUp Reviews
New & Noteworty June-July 2015
By Jon Magaril


A Permanent Image (now to July 20) As members of an estranged family from a small town in Idaho gather to bury the family patriarch, Mom delivers a surprising twist in prolific young playwright Samuel Hunter's portrait of the interrelations in a broken family. Rogue Machine, 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 90019.  (855) 585-5185 www.roguemachinetheatre.com
American Idiot (now to July 26) This intimate version of the Green Day musical focuses on three lifelong friends, who are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. The MET Theatre,?1089 N. Oxford Ave,?Los Angeles, 90029. (323) 802-9181 www.domatheatre.com
To Kill A Mockingbird (now to September 27) Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee is a poignant look at justice and the human spirit as told through the eyes of a young girl. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga. (310) 455-3723 www.theatricum.com
Picnic (June 18 through August 16) At once sensual, passionate and delightfully funny, the 1953 Pulitzer Prize winner?probes the sometimes tenuous line between restraint and desire where small town residents keep each other in their place while longing to break free.?Another fully partner cast production from the Antaeus Theatre Company, 5112 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, 91601. (818) 506-1983 www.antaeus.org
Recorded in Hollywood (June 19 to July 26) The fascinating true story of black businessman John Dolphin whose record shop in South Los Angeles became the most famous in the country – perhaps the world – with legendary DJs spinning records all night from the front window a decade before Motown. Hudson Mainstage Theatre?6539 Santa Monica Blvd.Los Angeles, 90038.?(323) 960-4443 www.RecordedInHollywood.com?
Astro Boy and the God of Comics (June 20-July 25) This retro sci-fi visual extravaganza examines post-WWII fascination with technology and destruction, and the relationship between creation and creator. Sacred Fools Theater,660 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, 90004. (310) 281-8337 www.sacredfools.org
Romeo & Juliet (June 25 to July 26) Adolescent bliss spins out of control in this imaginative staging of the most famous love story ever told which incorporates an original rock score and design that is equal parts fairy tale and punk. All tickets are free. Independent Shakespeare Company at The Old Zoo in Griffith Park  (818) 710-6306 www.iscla.org
Off the King's Road (June 27 to August 2) After his wife passes away, a retired American businessman's trip to London turns into a voyage of self-discovery. Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Madigan directs this guest production at the Odyssey Theatre,?2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, 90025.?(323) 960-7712 www.plays411.com/kingsroad
All American Girl (July 3 to July 26) Playwright Wendy Graf explores the journey of an “all American girl” as she develops from seemingly ordinary American kid to radicalized extremist. InterACT Theatre Company, Lounge Theatre,?6201 Santa Monica Blvd,?Hollywood, 90038. (818) 765-8732 www.InterACTla.org.
The False Servant (July 3 to September 5) Seduction. Money. Power. Cross-dressing. On the surface, this is a sly 18th century romp in which a young girl dresses as a man to learn more about her husband-to-be. But a world of darker meaning lies beneath the wit and verbal exuberance of Marivaux’s heartless comedy. The Evidence Room at the?Odyssey Theatre,?2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, 90025.?(310) 477-2055 ext. 2 www.OdysseyTheatre.com
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