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American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory’s Gogol-Mogol Tea Room at Art/Works Performance Space in Hollywood. These Grotowski-inspired clowns never cease to amaze me. Don’t miss their show coming up at Highways on December 7 & 8.

Theater is alive but I don’t know how well it’s doing in LA. It’s been my pleasure to meet and review a group of terrific companies this year (click on the shows’ titles for access to reviews.) The talent is amazing, the mission statements passionate and for most of these groups like, they come with a commitment to promote and connect with LA’s diverse communities. All these magnificent people need is an audience.

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East LA Rep’s “Black Butterflies, Jaguar Girl, Pinata Woman & Other Super Heroes Like Me”, or the joys and pain of growing up in East LA.

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Karen Anzategoui in “Documenting the Undocumented” at CASA 0101, Boyle Heights.

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Anthony Salas in “Butterflies of Uganda, Memories of a Child Soldier” at the Greenway Court Theater, West Hollywood.

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Paul Jerome in Company of Angels’ week 40 of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 days/365 plays.

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“Safety” at the McCadden Place Theater, Hollywood. PTSD for the war photographer.

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“Severance” at the McCadden Theatre, Hollywood. 90 seconds in the life of the beheaded.

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“Soledad” at CASA 0101, Boyle Heights. Generational conflicts and the memory of a lost home bind together and tear apart a family of Chilean immigrants.

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“Telemongol” , a hilarious collaboration between Cold Tofu, OPM, 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors and Lodestone Theatre at the GTC Burbank.

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“Urban Bush Women” ‘s tribute to choreographer Pearl Primus at the Luckman Theatre, Cal State University.

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Roger Guenveur Smith’s new solo show: “Who Killed Bob Marley?” at the Bootleg Theater, Echo Park.

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Writer/Actor Sean Huze’s uncompromising play on coming home from Iraq: “The Wolf” at Art/Works Theater, Hollywood.

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“What’s the Story Solo Festival” at the Powerhouse Theater, Santa Monica.

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