Hari Dhillon and Emily Swallow in in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning play 'Disgraced' at the Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Craig Schwartz.Disgraced | Mark Taper Forum

A powerful Pulitzer Prize-winner is both exceptional drama and insight into the roots and ramifications of one of the most mystifying and polarizing issues in the world today. Photo: Hari Dhillon, Emily Swallow


Lesley Fera in 'Bull' at Rogue Machine Theatre. Photo by John Perrin FlynnBull | Rogue Machine Theatre

Mike Bartlett's surrealist nightmare comedy makes its West Coast premiere as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Photo: Lesley Fera


Donnla Hughes as Juliet in A Noise Within's 'Romeo and Juliet,' directed by Damaso Rodriguez. Photo by Craig SchwartzRomeo and Juliet | A Noise Within

Damaso Rodriguez and A Noise Within have given Shakespeare's love story muscle and maturity to open 2016 with institutional assurance.
Photo: Donnla Hughes


Barcelona | Geffen Playhouse

Bess Wohl's seemingly straightforward play has plenty of laughter and wisdom within it. In its West Coast premiere, director Trip Cullman creates a carefully delineated, highly enjoyable staging with a performance likely to be this site's 2016 favorite. Photo: Betty Gilpin, Carlos Leal FULL REVIEW

Sex with Strangers | Geffen Playhouse
Stephen Louis Grush and Rebecca Pidgeon in 'Sex with Strangers' at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael LamontLaura Eason’s play, in a well-realized staging by Kimberly Senior, begins with all the hallmarks of the classic pulp thriller: a beautiful woman alone in a large house when car headlights suddenly sweep the frozen panes followed by the crunch of approaching footsteps and a forceful knocking on the door. But this is a whodunit more concerned with authorship in an era of Internet anonymity and new questions about partner profiles. Photo: Stephen Louis Grush, Rebecca Pidgeon FULL REVIEW
Cloud 9 | Antaeus Theatre Company
Laura Wernette and Adam J. Smith in 'Cloud 9' at Antaeus Theatre CompanyThe sun, it was said, never set on the British Empire during the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but Caryl Churchill set her 1979 comedy to show how a misguided, patriarchal mindset would lead to the Empire's unraveling while maintaining social repression for another 80 years back in England. Photo: Laura Wernette, Adam J. Smith FULL REVIEW
Women Laughing Alone with Salad | Kirk Douglas Theatre
David Clayton Rogers and Lisa Banes in 'Women Laughing Alone With Salad.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Sheila Callaghan gives the play a flywheel heart that sparks numerous inter-related issues: The brighter ones land; the purely playful are just for show. The main target here is the pervasive power of image-based marketing. Photo: David Clayton Rogers, Lisa Banes FULL REVIEW