2014 in review: The best in LA theatre
by Center Theatre Group | Posted on January 5, 2015
By all accounts, 2014 was a great year for Los Angeles theatre. Click the links below to look back at the critical favorites from the past 12 months.
Curtain Call: 13 Shows That Earned a Standing Ovation in 2014 by Craig Byrd [LAMag.com]
Dec. 17, 2014
"No man (or woman) is an island," Byrd writes, "but you wouldn't know it from the year in theater that's about to end. Solo shows of all kinds dominated 2014." Among his favorites was The Broad Stage's presentation of An Iliad, starring Denis O'Hare in an "utterly compelling" performance.
Charles McNulty's best stage shows of 2014 [LATimes.com]
Dec. 19, 2014
Two Center Theatre Group shows made McNulty's cut this year: Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale — "a portrait of contemporary America in which everyone is chasing an elusive miracle" — and Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the "Tony Award-winning Chekhovian mash-up [that] was even better in Los Angeles than it was in New York."
Top 10 LA Theatre Productions from 2014 by Brad Schreiber [HuffingtonPost.com]
Dec. 31, 2014
Topping this list is the Ensemble Studio Theatre LA production of The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg: "An utterly hilarious, pitch-black comedy that is perfect for Southern California audiences, as it deals with the perception of physical beauty and the willingness to go to surgical extremes to achieve that state."
25 highlights of LA theater in 2014 by Don Shirley [LAObserved.com]
Dec. 31, 2014
Among the 225 productions Shirley saw in Greater Los Angeles last year, his favorites included another Checkhovian mash-up, The Theatre @ Boston Court’s production of Stupid Fucking Bird. Aaron Posner’s “dazzling treatment of The Seagull," he wrote, "shattered the fourth wall in a way that Checkhov might not have liked — but it certainly amused and moved me."