Reviews – May 2015


Matilda The Musical

May 29 – July 12, 2015

Ahmanson Theatre

Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/Matilda/

12 años de esclavitud


12 años de esclavitud

By Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup’s father, Mintus, was born into slavery and only freed after his master’s death. Solomon, however, was born a free man in New York and lived the American dream with a home and a loving family, until he was suddenly drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the Deep South. This story is the true account of his 12 years as a slave. His extraordinary journey proves his resiliency despite the most grueling and disturbing of circumstances.


Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

By León Tolstoi

Among the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina details the passionate love triangle between Anna, her husband Karenin, and her lover Vronsky. The triangle is broken when Anna decides to leave her family to follow Vronsky to Italy, a decision that will lead to an ill-fated end for her and misery for those around her. The novel doesn’t merely focus on the romantic dramas of its main characters, however; it examines the lives of other characters that serve as a counterpoint to the main action and complete Tolstoy’s universal vision of the emotionally charged relationships between men, duty, resignation, and success. This quality hardcover edition ties into the feature film starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.




By Sarah Houssayni

Fireworks, the debut novel from Lebanese-born Sarah Houssayni, transports readers to the Shiite suburbs leveled and devastated during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War. Quite literally a tale of war and peace, the book illustrates the stark contrast in the lives of Lebanese people during this time, divided by their socioeconomic settings and religious backgrounds. Amidst the chaos, two women – Angie, a thirty year old nurse from Kansas who visits Beirut for the summer to escape a broken heart, and Zahra, a sixteen year old Shiite on summer break and in love for the first time – cross paths. In the thick of terror, loss, grief, self-forgiveness and the workings of a local doctor, the two women move from despair to grace.