Cirque du Soleil: Iris★★★★★Cirque's acrobatics are always impressive, but IRIS' focus on early cinema makes the clowns' story is just as enjoyable, and video effects give it an entirely new look.
Cirque du Soleil: Kooza★★★★★Impressive acrobatics as always, contortionists, extra clowns, a rainstorm and the Wheel of Death (really).
[Geffen Playhouse](https://www.geffenplayhouse.org/), 2009 Can Shakespeare discover the truth about the Gunpowder Plot? And if so, can he afford to tell it? Political intrigue, terrorism and torture (plus plain old personal conflicts) make for a compelling story.
The Glass Mendacity
Ark Theater, 2010 This spoof of Tennessee Williams' most famous plays is funny on its own, but even funnier if you know the source material.
South Coast Repertory, 2010 A slice-of-life musical about four people living in New York, their paths intersecting.
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 2014 Ragtime has even more emotional impact on stage than the songs do alone, and the historical themes resonate strongly with the present day.
Xanadu (Stage Musical)★☆☆☆☆
Segerstrom Center, 2009 The stage musical of Xanadu is a silly, self-aware parody that revels in its camp. I really liked about 10% of it. The rest, not so much.