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BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)
Posted: Jun. 21, 2017


BWW Interview: James Hadley Marvels at Directing Spider-Man (A Childhood Super Hero) & His CohortsBWW Interview: James Hadley Marvels at Directing Spider-Man (A Childhood Super Hero) & His Cohorts
Posted: Jun. 23, 2017


BWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS  Is Revived & Well At The OdysseyBWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Is Revived & Well At The Odyssey
Posted: Jul. 10, 2017


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BWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHABWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHA
Posted: Apr. 4, 2017


BWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller & The Many Wonderful Things About HerBWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller
Posted: Jan. 9, 2017


BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & WellBWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
Posted: Apr. 21, 2017


BWW Interview: Lea DeLaria's Jazzing It Up With Bowie for Grand Performances' 30thLea DeLaria's Jazzing It Up With Bowie for Grand Performances' 30th
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BWW Review: Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good!BWW Review: Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good!
July 17, 2017

The Skylight Theatre Company's world premiere of THE DEVIL'S WIFEscores high on all fronts - Tom Jacobson's witty script (with a message), spot-on delivery by its talented cast of four, smooth direction by Eric Hoff, all complemented by Skylight Theatre team's first-rate technical elements. THE DEVIL'S WIFE's certainly one of the more successfulOriginal (capital 'O' emphasized) theatre pieces I've seen over the years.

BWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS  Is Revived & Well At The OdysseyBWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Is Revived & Well At The Odyssey
July 10, 2017

JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS receives a first-rate mounting with a cast of powerful singer/actors, backed by a nimble four-piece musical ensemble, and directed and staged with ingenuity of movement that complement the Jacques Brel tales being performed. These Jacques Brel songs serve as little nuggets, little gems of short stories. Dan Fishbach ably directs this revival of Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, stringing these 24 gems so nicely together.

BWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring ThoughtBWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring Thought
July 5, 2017

The Echo Theater Company's world premiere of playwright Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE brilliantly demonstrates the success of following a winning recipe for a memorable theatre production. Start with Brunstetter's witty, relationship-focused script on very timely, hot-button issues of today; generously add a talented cast of actors (led by the most delicious Debra Jo Rupp); mix well with Jennifer Chambers' sure-handed direction; and top off with perfectly synchronized and fitting technical elements; and you have a very well-executed THE CAKE.

BWW Interview: James Hadley Marvels at Directing Spider-Man (A Childhood Super Hero) & His CohortsBWW Interview: James Hadley Marvels at Directing Spider-Man (A Childhood Super Hero) & His Cohorts
June 23, 2017

The national tour of MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! AGE OF HEROES lands in Southern California beginning July 7 at STAPLES Center. Enhancing the tale of the Super Heroes' recovery of the Wand of Watoomb from the clutches of Loki and his crew of fellow villains will be massive video projections, advanced special effects, and stunts from aerialists, acrobats and motorcycle riders. We had the chance to catch director James Hadley during a break from his New Orleans rehearsal.

BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)
June 21, 2017

The talented man wearing many hats (with a few noms de plume) - book author, late night talk show monologue scriber, stand-up comedian, and Jerry Seinfeld's maid (just kidding!); Barry Marder will mount the Audrey Stage of The Geffen Playhouse June 23 in LETTERS FROM A NUT BY TED L. NANCY, based on his book and produced by Jerry Seinfeld.

BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-TellingBWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-Telling
June 19, 2017

The expert artistry of words, direction, acting and tech marvelously converge into the current Pasadena Playhouse production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS. Ryun Yu, alone on stage, stunningly and authentically pulls off Jeanne Sakata's detailed depiction of American-born Japanese Gordon Hirabayashi's real-life incidents of standing up against the Executive Order 9066 of being sent to an internment camp in wartime 1942.

BWW Review: VOTE! THE MUSICAL - Mixed, The Final CountBWW Review: VOTE! THE MUSICAL - Mixed, The Final Count
June 10, 2017

Above the Curve Theatre mounts a sturdy workshop production of VOTE! THE MUSICAL with loads of potential. Anthony Marquez (nicely underplaying laid-back skater/skier dude Mike) and Angela Cole (fetchingly limning a flirty Muffin) run away with the show's best scenes. Their seduction duet 'D Gates' registers Hot! and their reprise of 'Everyone Has a dream' arouses in the most ambitious sense.

BWW Review: Nairoby Otero - A Singular Tour de Force in 'TIL SUNDAYBWW Review: Nairoby Otero - A Singular Tour de Force in 'TIL SUNDAY
June 7, 2017

In her 'TIL SUNDAY, writer/performer Nairoby Otero grabs you the very first moment she hits the stage and then, after 75 minutes, ends her solo show with a wrenching punch in the gut. Otero portrays a number of characters in this one-woman tour de force revealing the story of the real-life struggles of a Cuban mother who ventures to New Orleans to provide a better life for her little girl.

BWW Interview: CONSTELLATIONS' Ginnifer Goodwin & Allen Leech - Shining Stars Converging To Be Terrified - Live!BWW Interview: CONSTELLATIONS' Ginnifer Goodwin & Allen Leech - Shining Stars Converging To Be Terrified - Live!
June 6, 2017

Two well-recognizable and popular television actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech will be making their respective Los Angeles and United States theatre debuts in playwright Nick Payne's award-winning CONSTELLATIONS at The Geffen Playhouse beginning June 6, 2017. I had the chance to shoot Ginnifer and Allen a few questions into the ethers just before they settled in and alighted on The Geffen stage.

BWW Review: THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB Earns an A+ for Its Delicious Musical DetentionBWW Review: THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB Earns an A+ for Its Delicious Musical Detention
June 5, 2017

Kate Pazakis just keeps topping herself with her musical parodies! This time she teams up with Bradley Bredeweg and his Fuse Project for a wildly entertaining THE LAST BREAKFAST CLUB. Bredeweg and Pazakis ingeniously take the 'Musical Parody of' concept and 'fuse' a mash-up of John Hughes' classic film The Breakfast Club with other cinematic cult favorites. The pop song choices are simply genius as they each move the plot along.

BWW Review: A Winning Nicci Claspell Dominates This DOGFIGHTBWW Review: A Winning Nicci Claspell Dominates This DOGFIGHT
June 4, 2017

With the names of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Oscar winners for La La Land and Tony Award frontrunners for this year's DEAR EVAN HANSEN) attached to DOGFIGHT, one might have high expectations while awaiting the opening notes to sound at The Hudson Mainstage. DOGFIGHT consistently scores with topnotch singing, dancing and musical accompaniment throughout. Nicci Claspell steals the entire show as Rose.

BWW Review: A Thought-Provoking LETTERS TO EVE Stamped With Melodious Vocal TalentsBWW Review: A Thought-Provoking LETTERS TO EVE Stamped With Melodious Vocal Talents
May 28, 2017

LETTERS TO EVE's creator Daniel Sugimoto has cast a stage-full of vocal knock-outs to more than ably assist in communicating his loving ode to his grandmother Midori, who was incarcerated in the American concentration camps during WWII. Sugimoto not only details interned life for the imprisoned Japanese-Americans, but cleverly counterpoints with innocents jailed under Nazi rule.

BWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHSBWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHS
May 23, 2017

Ten years ago, actress/playwright Jeanne Sakata began writing down her various thoughts on her personal connections with the subject matter of her DAWN'S LIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF GORDON HIRABAYASHI. Through various reincarnations over the last decade, and a title change to HOLD THESE TRUTHS; Jeanne will be opening at The Pasadena Playhouse. I was most excited to get Jeanne's insight on this dark and deplorable episode of American history.

BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!
May 18, 2017

In their current production of NEXT TO NORMAL, the East West Players present a first-rate, extremely well-executed musical look at mental illness. Nancy Keystone smoothly directs this two-hour-plus performance at a steady, non-stop, heart-wrenching pace with barely enough time for the audience to catch their respective breaths or wipe their teary eyes before the next song happens - through the collectively A.MA.ZING voices of the ultra-talented cast of six.

BWW Interview: David Rambo - A Master At Juggling WAR & Hit TV ShowsBWW Interview: David Rambo - A Master At Juggling WAR & Hit TV Shows
May 8, 2017

L.A. Theatre Works' latest world premiere THE TUG OF WAR will begin May 25, 2017 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. LATW commissioned prolific writer/producer David Rambo to create this piece on President John F. Kennedy's tough, thankless position dealing with Russian and Cuban relations in 1992. David took some time from teaching at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts (during his hiatus from Will) to answer a few of our curious inquiries.

BWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational BrillianceBWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational Brilliance
May 1, 2017

With House of Cards and Ides of March (based on this play) on playwright Beau Willimon's resume, you might come to see his FARRAGUT NORTH with rather high expectations. Jack Tynan's confession and termination scenes (with Geoffrey Lower as Paul, Stephen's boss) really pop and sizzle, with their tension and their clashing confrontation rating as the drama's highlights.

BWW Interview: ACTUALLY, Anna Ziegler Writes ProlificallyBWW Interview: ACTUALLY, Anna Ziegler Writes Prolifically
April 26, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse tackles the various conflicting definitions of sexual consent in its co-world premiere of playwright Anna Ziegler's ACTUALLY beginning May 2, 2017. I made the most of the opportunity to delve into Anna's thoughts on her love of writing; how, by chance, she became the successful writer she is today; and her reaction to winning London's 2016 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play for her PHOTOGRAPH 51.

BWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLEBWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLE
April 22, 2017

Not a single weak link in JTK Productions' powerful, pitch-perfect RABBIT HOLE, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The strong cast of five sleekly directed by Eric Hunicutt vividly illustrates Lindsay-Abaire's tale of a family coping with the accidental loss of their little boy Danny.

BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & WellBWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
April 21, 2017

SING HAPPY!, a delightful cabaret showcase of Ann LeSchander's vocal chops and comic talents backed by wonderful musicians who know when to take focus and when to lay back. Kudos to The Gardenia's sound system that allows each instrument to be heard so distinctly as individual instruments, then blend so wonderfully with Ann's vocals.

BWW Review: LONE STAR - An Intriguing Study of Hapless CharactersBWW Review: LONE STAR - An Intriguing Study of Hapless Characters
April 15, 2017

The Elephant Theatre Company's LONE STAR provides an interesting character study populated with three intriguing characters, the most being the younger brother Ray as embodied by Christopher Parker.



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