Review On Ada and the Engine


Dan Berkowitz

Registered Critic


These days, Theatre Unleashed occupies Studio/Stage on Western Avenue, on the other side of the hill. While the theatre is still intimate, it's a much more breathable intimate: there's a lobby (with seats!), and a stage which looks as if it could hold the entire North Hollywood expanse. And while it's nice to report that the company has more room, it's even nicer to report that the move to Studio/Stage seems also to have initiated a quantum leap in the polish of its productions, at least judging by the 2019 season opener: a stylish – and stylized – production of Lauren Gunderson's "Ada and the Engine."

DAN BERKOWITZ is a member of the Council of The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists; and Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the service and support organization for playwrights in Southern California. His writing for the stage has been produced off-Broadway, at major regionals, and in other venues across the US and Canada, and includes the popular revue A… My Name Is Still Alice; There’s No Place Like Hollywood!, nominated for LA’s Ovation Award for Best Musical; and more short plays than he can remember. Dan also produces, directs, and is a script and production consultant. http://danberkowitz.com.