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BWW Interview: THE LION's Renaissance Man/Alchemist Benjamin Scheuer RoarsTHE LION's Renaissance Man Benjamin Scheuer Roars
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Exposé of Macy's Santa THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Exposé
Posted: Dec. 5, 2016


BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


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BWW Review: THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF TROOP BEVERLY HILLS - A Non-Stop, Two-Hours of HIGH-larity & Stunning VocalsPARODY OF TROOP BEV.HILLS - A Non-Stop, 2-Hrs of HIGH-larity & Stunning Vocals
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016


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
Posted: Sep. 8, 2016


BWW Review: Such a Pleasure Being Lost in VARLA JEAN MERMAN'S BIG BLACK HOLESuch a Pleasure Being Lost in VARLA JEAN MERMAN’S BIG BLACK HOLE
Posted: Apr. 2, 2016


BWW Interview: The Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years LaterThe Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years Later
Posted: Sep. 7, 2016


BWW Review: LIANA AND BEN - A Stunning Technical MarvelBWW Review: LIANA AND BEN - A Stunning Technical Marvel
February 20, 2017

Circle X Theatre Co.'s world premiere of playwright Susan Rubin's LIANA AND BEN presents one of the best technical productions I've seen in small LA theatres. Walking into the Atwater Village Theatre, more than a number of entering audience members do a double take at the optical illusion right in front of their faces. The lighting design of Dan Weingarten combined with the very basic, very clever set of set designer Alan E. Muraoka lead one to believe they're looking...

BWW Review: UMPO MEAN GURLZ - Perfectly Wicked Entertainment!BWW Review: UMPO MEAN GURLZ - Perfectly Wicked Entertainment!
February 17, 2017

UMPO's continues its winning recipe for a raucous evening of laughs and musicality with its latest production THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF MEAN GURLZ. Take one part cult film favorite. Separate out the funny situations accenting them with witty, new lines. Add hit pop songs, repurposed to advance the original film plotline. And top it all off with a very talented, triple-threat cast. And what you have is a very tasty WOW!

BWW Review: East West's FREE OUTGOING Effectively Posits A Subject Matter No Parent Ever Wants to FaceBWW Review: East West's FREE OUTGOING Effectively Posits A Subject Matter No Parent Ever Wants to Face
February 16, 2017

East West Players' new Artistic Director Snehal Desai ambitiously tackles the US premiere of playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar's FREE OUTGOING as his directorial debut. FREE OUTGOING centers on a single mother and her two teenagers living in a very conservative Chennai, India. Strong performances from the talented cast of five vividly illustrate the consequences of a video of the 15-year-old daughter engaged in a sex act going viral.

BWW Review: JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE - Four Clowns' Latest Well-Oiled Gem of SillinessBWW Review: JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE - Four Clowns' Latest Well-Oiled Gem of Silliness
February 6, 2017

In JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE, Four Clowns cleverly re-envisions a probable pre-war encounter leading up to the historical 1814 Battle of New Orleans as a vaudeville skit, possibly and unintentionally drawing parallels to today's political climate. Funt as General Andrew Jackson and Carroll as Captain Jean Lafitte play off each other like in a championship tennis match between Federer and Nadel.

BWW Review: WOLFGANG AMADEUS GROUNDLING - A Classic Symphony of Laughs For Your Honest EnjoymentBWW Review: WOLFGANG AMADEUS GROUNDLING - A Classic Symphony of Laughs For Your Honest Enjoyment
February 6, 2017

The Groundlings' current laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show WOLFGANG AMADEUS GROUNDLING had their sold-out house howling at their collective expertise in mining comedy gold from the most un-amusing of situations - divorce, alcoholism, being laid off, impotence, embarrassing parents. The talented Groundling members pretty much play everything straight with few punchlines, with but loads of truthfully funny circumstances.

BWW Review: Alex Lyras Tour de Forces in His PLASTICITYBWW Review: Alex Lyras Tour de Forces in His PLASTICITY
January 30, 2017

The world premiere of PLASTICITY, a one-man show featuring Alex Lyras as an entire cast of characters, has the great fortune of a multi-talented performer in Lyras interpreting a very detailed script written by Lyras and Robert McCaskill. McCaskill ably directs his sole actor at a quick pace, with Lyras sometimes acting against himself as different characters.

BWW Interview: The InvAsian of Kevin Yee & How He Got HereBWW Interview: The InvAsian of Kevin Yee & How He Got Here
January 30, 2017

Boy Band-er, Broadway hoofer, now out comedian; Kevin Yee has already experienced a number of lifetimes in this performing career. Kevin's currently involved in capturing his stand-up routine for inclusion in the six-episode series, most cleverly titled Comedy InvAsian.

BWW Interview: BRILLIANT Jonny Donahoe On Making You Laugh Through Your TearsBWW Interview: BRILLIANT Jonny Donahoe On Making You Laugh Through Your Tears
January 30, 2017

The heart-wrenching, audience-inclusive comedy on depression EVERY BRILLIANT THING arrives at The Edye at The Broad Stage February 2nd. These ten performances culminate a four-year international tour, which included a taped version of the show premiering on HBO last December. BRILLIANT star and co-writer Jonny Donahoe made time to chat with BroadwayWorld and myself.

BWW Review: THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE - An Entertainingly Fresh & Original Exploration Into Human BehaviorBWW Review: THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE - An Entertainingly Fresh & Original Exploration Into Human Behavior
January 23, 2017

The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

BWW Interview: Jeanie Hackett on Her LONG DAY'S JOURNEY Into O'Neill's NIGHT & Into the LA Theatre SceneBWW Interview: Jeanie Hackett on Her LONG DAY'S JOURNEY Into O'Neill's NIGHT & Into the LA Theatre Scene
January 23, 2017

A long-time Los Angeles Theatre contributor, Jeanie Hackett has acted, directed and overseen two theatre companies (so far) - Antaeus and The Classical Theatre Lab. Before her latest directorial project LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT opens January 31 at The Geffen Playhouse, Jeanie took some time out of rehearsals to chat with BroadwayWorld and myself.

BWW Review: ZANNA, DON'T! - Sound Glitches Eclipse Some Fine SingingBWW Review: ZANNA, DON'T! - Sound Glitches Eclipse Some Fine Singing
January 16, 2017

Chromolume Theatre at the Attic has produced Tim Acito's very cleverly written ZANNA, DON'T! with very mixed results. Major sound glitches opening night marred the ability to clearly hear all of Acito's very witty lyrics set in a fictional high school where gayness is the norm and heteros are shunned.

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 & The Many Wonderful Things About Her
January 9, 2017

Actress/LA theatre inaugurator, Penny Fuller has embarked on a new leg of her career as a cabaret artiste. Ms. Fuller will be bringing her solo musical play 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI to the Broad Stage beginning January 11. I had the most delightful opportunity to chat with the vibrant, vivacious Ms. Fuller. She possesses a memory of an elephant, effortlessly listing off names of cast compatriots and retelling intriguing incidents of her theatre highlights.

BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962
December 19, 2016

???????A very fun, irreverent spoof on a Christmastime charity fundraiser, A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT!, features the harmonious quartet with their mellow four-piece, back-up band and supporting cast hilariously performing at their annual 'Force Feed The World' charity concert. Cleverly written and smoothly directed by Aaron Matijasic, AHBC:LIC easily shows, unfortunately, that political times haven't improved as much as we would like to think.

BWW Interview: THE LION's Renaissance Man/Alchemist Benjamin Scheuer RoarsBWW Interview: THE LION's Renaissance Man/Alchemist Benjamin Scheuer Roars
December 19, 2016

Singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer has been sharing his most recent creation - his autobiographical, one-man show THE LION playing in various cities in the US (and the UK) the last two-plus years. Benjamin will be completing his current tour with his Los Angeles premiere performances at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.

BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Expos of Macy's Santa
December 5, 2016

Humorist David Sedaris' Christmas classic THE SANTALAND DIARIES receives a successfully fun mounting by the Santa Monica Playhouse. Sedaris fills his one-man show with loads of different characters, which a charismatic Patrick Censoplano effortlessly handles. Censoplano seamlessly morphs and delineates into dozens of characters.

BWW Review: A Cool GARDEL'S TANGOBWW Review: A Cool GARDEL'S TANGO
November 28, 2016

The world premiere of playwright John R. Lacey's GARDEL'S TANGO serves as a unabashed showcase for Anibal Silveyra, who's allowed complete free rein in his portrayal of real-life, turn-of-the-century, international film star Carlos Gardel. Silveyra easily commands centerstage in this cast of six with his heightened silent movies/early talkies methodology of theatrics.

BWW Interview: Bryan Santiago's Passionate To Make Everyone SmileBWW Interview: Bryan Santiago's Passionate To Make Everyone Smile
November 28, 2016

Now at the beginnings of the DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT national tour, Performance Director Bryan Santiago took some time from his polishing rehearsals to answer a few ICE-y questions for BroadwayWorld and myself.

BWW Review: Definitely Game On For THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODYBWW Review: Definitely Game On For THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY
November 28, 2016

The Los Angeles premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY receives a full-throttled, laugh-filled mounting from a very talented cast and its off-stage creatives. John Flynn nimbly directs his committed performers at a smooth, swift pace from laugh to laugh to even more laughs. The combined comic geniuses of Grace, Reino, Samuels, Semar & Wessels must be lauded for this clever, witty script; both spoken and sung.

BWW Interview: Skylight's Gary Grossman Asserting His Passion Creating Safe Harbors For Nurturing New TalentsBWW Interview: Skylight's Gary Grossman Asserting His Passion Creating Safe Harbors For Nurturing New Talents
November 25, 2016

Skylight Theatre's Artistic Director Gary Grossman will be honored at Skylight's SALUTE 2016 December 4 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.Gary has been the driving common denominator of the Skylight Theatre Company and its previous incarnations: the Katselas Theatre company and the Camelot Artists Productions before.

BWW Review: Tour de Force Duo Drive BAKERSFIELD MISTBWW Review: Tour de Force Duo Drive BAKERSFIELD MIST
November 21, 2016

The revival of playwright Stephen Sach's BAKERSFIELD MIST features two stunning performances from Jenny O'Hara & Nick Ullett. O'Hara whole-heartedly grabs her role of the manic, desperate Maude. Ullett imbues his Lionel with a haughty air of condescension upon entering Maude's trailer home. Ullett's very calm demeanor perfectly balances the high energy antics of O'Hara.



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