We’ve been bad recently. No reviews and few photos. It’s like after the Fringe craziness, we couldn’t catch up. So here’s a short round-up, with one-sentence reviews, and a promise to be better!
May 15 – HAIRY APE (ODYSSEY)
Trevor: The direction and staging felt fresh for this O’Neill classic that still shocks today.
Jerusha: I had never read the play and went in blind…a shocking piece, in a good way.
May 25 – LA BOHEME (LA OPERA)
Trevor: A timeless classic that everyone should see at least once.
Jerusha: I loved it! I’m obsessed with Rent so it was so nice to finally see the source material on stage. Beautifully done. Colorful, dramatic, grand, sweet, all the good adjectives!
May 27 – NEWSIES (SEGERSTROM)
Jerusha: I went with Jules & Alisa to this one. It was fun to see Newsies again – I saw it last year at the Pantages. The acoustics are WAY better at the Segerstrom, and it was fun to see it on a Friday night with an audience full of kids. Disney magic!
June 22 – BEAUTIFUL (PANTAGES)
Again, I went with Jules and Alisa. I’ve been DYING to see this. I grew up on Carole King. The show made me cry, I sang along to the whole thing, and the minute we walked out I was ready to see it again. I’ll try and catch it again at the Segerstrom in the fall!
July 8 – BAD JEWS (THEATRE OF NOTE)
Jerusha: We saw this show because two of Trevor’s acting class friends produced/starred in it. I was pleasantly surprised! The show was very well produced for a <50 seater. As I write this review over a month later, I can’t really remember the premise, other than it’s a family drama lol. BUT! The quality stuck – I remember being impressed and entertained.
Trevor: I almost liked the direction better than the Geffen production…
July 14 – GREY GARDENS (AHMANSON)
Jerusha: What a beautiful show! I went in knowing nothing about the musical. I’ve seen both the documentary and the movie though, and was familiar with the source material. Both Rachel York and Betty Buckley were fantastic. The music was catchy – I spent the next week listening to the OBC recording.
July 19 – WESTSIDE STORY (HOLLYWOOD BOWL)
Jerusha: I attended this LA Phil show with Jules and Alisa! Minimal staging, but Jeremy Jordan and Karen Olivo – need I say more? I have always and will always love the music of Westside Story. It was a treat to hear it live (with Gustavo Dudamel at the helm!).
July 24 – I LOVE YOU BECAUSE (AFTER HOURS THEATRE)
Jerusha: My friends at After Hours Theatre produced, directed, designed, starred in this production of the off-broadway hit. While I’m not a fan of the material – the music motifs are inconsistent and the storyline shallow – I’m looking forward to seeing more work from my talented friends! Trevor opted out of this one.
July 31 – A CHORUS LINE (HOLLYWOOD BOWL)
Jerusha: I’m a lucky girl and had a girl date with Jules and Alisa again at the bowl, less than 2 weeks after Westside Story. I LOVE the fully-produced shows at the bowl. It’s such a fun time. We sang along the whole time to this theatre nerd classic!
August 11 – WIZARD OF OZ (GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE)
Jerusha: I went to this show with my co-worker and her kids. It was so fun to see it with children – seeing the wonder of theatre magic for the first time! Pauli sat on my lap the entire show and she loved it!