California Repertory’s Nora– Theatre review

By: Adam Buchsbaum Culture Writer College theater provides a space for budding young actors to stretch their abilities, try out new things and grow as performers. An armchair criticism feels unfair to the whole spirit of college theater. CSULB CalRep’s production of Nora has an admirable message, but it is hamstrung by weak source material…

Doubt at International City Theatre

Proof can mitigate uncertainty, but it proves very elusive in Doubt, the thought-provoking drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley, now on stage at International City Theatre (ICT) through Sept. 11. Directed by caryn desai [sic], this exceptional production– about a nun’s conviction that a priest is seducing a young student at their school–…

Theatre review Abigail/1702 at International City Theatre

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Sequels, especially those written by someone other than the author of the original work, are precarious endeavors. Or so I thought. Thank goodness International City Theatre didn’t dismiss such a play out of hand. Abigail/1702 imagines the next 10 years in the life of Abigail Williams, the young woman whose…

Theatre review: Musical Theatre West’s Les Miserables

Heidi Nye Culture Writer Les Miserables is often viewed as a tale of poverty, injustice, civil strife, love despite the odds and lives snuffed out before their prime. Certainly Musical Theatre West’s production, playing through April 26 at the Carpenter Center, contains all that, but open your mind to another reading as well. First off,…