The show is always on with L.A. Theatre Works

If you like theatre, you should know about L.A. Theatre Works.  But I’m betting you don’t.  So here’s a heads up to get the new year rolling.

L.A Theatre Works has been producing plays for audio in front of a live audience for over 25 years. They started off with CD’s in the mail and now distribute via all the usual channels, including Audible.  Their catalogue has grown to over 400 titles.  And many of these are blindingly good, must-listen shows.

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Of course not every play works in purely audio format.  If the script calls for landing a helicopter on stage, it may not be a good pick to record in this way.  But many plays are perfect for delivering in your ear. And because of the closeness of those voices in your head, audio plays (and great actors) can get engage you in a way you can’t duplicate on stage.

All of this is to say that a healthy L.A. Theatre Works stack of plays is a vital part of any theatre addict’s repertoire.  This is not about replacing live performance.  It’s about enjoying theatre when you’re on the train or plane.  Some of these performances are so good, they cannot be missed.

So what should you listen to first?  There are so many great titles to explore.  Here are a few from my own LATW hall of fame.

Fabulation by Lynn Nottage

Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan

Mizlansky/Zilinsky by Jon Robin Baitz

The Actor Retires by Bruce Norris (starring Bruce Norris)

This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan

Romance by David Mamet

Speed the Plow by David Mamet

The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge

Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard

I now get all my L.A. Theatre Works content through Audible, which works brilliantly.

Warning: Steer clear of the native iOS LATW app, which should be fantastic but is actually a clunky third party tool with horrible UX (strangely made in Ashland by Folium Partners).

If you’re not an Audible user, there are several other ways you can get LATW content.