Shari Barrett

Shari Barrett Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.
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BWW Review: Fugitive Kind Theater Soars with its World Premiere Fantasy SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIAWorld Premiere Fantasy SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIA Soars
Posted: May. 8, 2016


BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Brings the Joy of Love and Family Traditions to Energetic Life on the Streets of Washington HeightsIN THE HEIGHTS Brings the Joy of Love and Family Traditions to Energetic Life
Posted: May. 11, 2016


BWW Review: Director Michael Rothhaar Transforms THE FOREIGNER Into The Laughfest It Was Meant To BeTHE FOREIGNER Presented as the Laughfest It Was Meant To Be
Posted: May. 8, 2016


BWW Review: Spectacular FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Shines Its Way Into Your Heart at the Norris TheatreSpectacular FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Shines Its Way Into Your Heart
Posted: May. 3, 2016


BWW Review: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY Offers Look at TV Pilots That Never AiredDEAD PILOTS SOCIETY Offers Look at TV Pilots That Never Aired
Posted: Apr. 27, 2016


BWW Review: Beckett's ENDGAME Brings the Absurdist's World to the Kirk Douglas TheatreENDGAME Brings the Absurdist’s World to the Kirk Douglas Theatre
Posted: May. 2, 2016


BWW Review: HONKY Navigates the Murky Waters of Race, Rhetoric and Athletic FootwearHONKY Navigates the Murky Waters of Race, Rhetoric and Athletic Footwear
Posted: May. 17, 2016


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Posted: Feb. 19, 2016


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BWW Review: Disney's MARY POPPINS Musical Wows Audiences at the Norris TheatreBWW Review: Disney's MARY POPPINS Musical Wows Audience at the Norris Theatre
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BWW Review: THE CITY OF CONVERSATION Pits Families Against Political AgendasBWW Review: THE CITY OF CONVERSATION Pits Families Against Political Agendas
May 23, 2016

How often have you disagreed with your parents or siblings about their political views? Certainly in this election year with such polarized candidates running for the highest office, it does not take much to understand how political beliefs can split families and friends apart. The divisive world of Washington D.C. politics in now center stage at the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts through June 4. Starring Christine Lahti, Jason Ritter and Georgia King in a new production directed by Michael Wilson.
BWW Review: NEXT FALL Tells a Modern Tale of Two Men in Love and Two Parents in DenialBWW Review: NEXT FALL Tells a Modern Tale of Two Men in Love and Two Parents in Denial
May 18, 2016

Geoffrey Nauftts' witty and provocative NEXT FALL takes a hard look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Set in a hospital waiting room following a life-threatening traffic accident, we meet an assortment of people linked to the patient Luke (Tom Berklund), a handsome young gay man still closeted from his conservative and devoutly religious parents Butch (Stephen Mac Howard) and Arlene (Zachary Barton) who are the only ones allowed to visit their son in the ICU.
BWW Review: HONKY Navigates the Murky Waters of Race, Rhetoric and Athletic FootwearBWW Review: HONKY Navigates the Murky Waters of Race, Rhetoric and Athletic Footwear
May 17, 2016

In our modern online age where effective marketing can boost sales in designated markets, what is the difference between racial marketing and targeted marketing? Is an effective marketer really a racist in disguise or just a clever strategist who knows how to make the most money for his company's product? Such are the issues addressed in the Los Angeles premiere of HONKY written by Greg Kalleres and directed by Gregg Daniel for Rogue Machine in their new home at the Met Theatre. Taking a satiric look at the symbiotic relationship between bigotry and commercialism, HONKY is a socially-relevant comedy about different people, white and black, navigating the murky waters of race, rhetoric and athletic footwear.
BWW Review: A Family in Comedic Turmoil Rules the Roost in TABLE MANNERSBWW Review: A Family in Comedic Turmoil Rules the Roost in TABLE MANNERS
May 16, 2016

Sometimes last minute changes of director can raise a struggling play into a masterful team effort showing the brilliant humor meant to be mined from an award-winning script. Such was the case for co-director/actor David Graham when two previous directors had to step aside and he was asked to take over directing TABLE MANNERS at Little Fish two days before the first rehearsal. Along with his co-director Stephanie Coltrin, the perfect casting in all the roles and the skill of knowing just how far to take the characters in this comedy of family manners gone bad makes for two hours of close-up fun for every member of the audience.
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Brings the Joy of Love and Family Traditions to Energetic Life on the Streets of Washington HeightsBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Brings the Joy of Love and Family Traditions to Energetic Life on the Streets of Washington Heights
May 11, 2016

Much like the much-loved musical "Fiddler on the Roof," IN THE HEIGHTS focuses on family love and traditions being challenged by the beliefs of the next generation. In our modern world where a good education can make all the difference, what does it take for a poor family to put a cherished only child through an expensive university? And what happens when the student cannot keep up and drops out and gets romantically involved with someone her parents don't think is good enough? And what happens when a neighborhood is challenged by urban renewal and its flavor is about to be lost? Can it be saved when local shop owners must leave their beloved neighborhood when rents rise?
BWW Review: Director Michael Rothhaar Transforms THE FOREIGNER Into The Laughfest It Was Meant To BeBWW Review: Director Michael Rothhaar Transforms THE FOREIGNER Into The Laughfest It Was Meant To Be
May 8, 2016

When I heard the Morgan-Wixson Theatre was presenting THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue, I was hesitant to review the show, wondering why anyone would want to produce a show I had found offensive and not at all funny the first time I saw it elsewhere. But I am happy to report director Michael Rothhaar has mined every moment of humor in Shue's play, keeping me and the audience in stitches throughout thanks to his obvious knowledge on how to present it, as well as his excellent casting of all roles.
BWW Review: Fugitive Kind Theater Soars with its World Premiere Fantasy SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIABWW Review: Fugitive Kind Theater Soars with its World Premiere Fantasy SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIA
May 8, 2016

Fugitive Kind Theater is the presenting company, which for eleven years has engaged in creating boundary-breaking shows. This production takes the group to new heights, setting the story in what appears to be a fantasy circus world on the island of Illyria where anything goes and people are allowed to be whoever and whatever they want to be. It's a small society, but one most of us could certainly enjoy living in given the lack of stress and having any real work to do. But of course, such an idyllic world cannot last, and it is the dark side of Illyria we visit in SHINE DARKLY, ILLYRIA.
BWW Review: Spectacular FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Shines Its Way Into Your Heart at the Norris TheatreBWW Review: Spectacular FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Shines Its Way Into Your Heart at the Norris Theatre
May 3, 2016

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most beloved stage musicals of all time which so magically weaves music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable historical experience. The Tony Award-winning musical has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its treasured tale of family and tradition, especially to those of us who can trace our origins back to the small Jewish Shtetels in Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th Century.
BWW Review: Beckett's ENDGAME Brings the Absurdist's World to the Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: Beckett's ENDGAME Brings the Absurdist's World to the Kirk Douglas Theatre
May 2, 2016

Every director has their bucket list of plays they wish to direct or perhaps even appear in someday. Director Alan Mandell has long been enamored with the work of Samuel Beckett and has toured with original productions of Waiting for Godot and Endgame directed by Beckett. With his 80-year career in theatre and innate understanding of the absurdist's work, Mandell has now directed Endgame at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, starring in the production with Barry McGovern. This is the second Beckett play in which the two actors have appeared together, the first being Waiting for Godot in 2012 at the Mark Taper Forum. And their stage camaraderie is a wonder to behold.
BWW Review: THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE Told Via Emotionally Expressive PhysicalityBWW Review: THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE Told Via Emotionally Expressive Physicality
May 1, 2016

The premiere of THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE as presented by Not Man Apart, the amazing Physical Theatre Ensemble, was born from a dream in which heroes, villains, witches and a changing wife fill the stage with incredible athletic movement performed by a cast of ten. As are most dreams, it is an absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown told through emotionally expressive physicality..
BWW Review: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY Offers Look at TV Pilots That Never AiredBWW Review: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY Offers Look at TV Pilots That Never Aired
April 27, 2016

Every year, Hollywood studios spend millions upon millions of dollars on TV pilots, the test shows that networks order before deciding which shows should become full-fledged series or wind up being locked away in a vault never to be seen again. For every pilot that eventually airs, there are three that never will see daylight, even though there are thousands of hopeful writers, directors and actors in our town that work around-the-clock during pilot season, hoping their work will be picked up and make them a lot of money as a hit TV series.
BWW Review: ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS Playfully Pokes Fun at Life in American TheatreBWW Review: ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS Playfully Pokes Fun at Life in American Theatre
April 25, 2016

ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS by Jane Martin is a satirical romp across the stage of American Theatre, that holds a hilarious mirror up to the live theatre entertainment from coast to coast. The story focuses on Holly (Gillian Shure), a wildly popular TV star, who needs to get theatrical street cred to be considered for film. On a whim she signs on to do Anton Chekov's "Three Sisters" in a small repertory theatre in Texas where she can hire directors and pull all the strings as the show's financial backer. The entire cast is portrayed by women in this ensemble piece that combines the depth of Chekov and the levity of a Bravo sitcom.
BWW Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW Ghost Story Presented Unconventionally in a No-Frills SpaceBWW Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW Ghost Story Presented Unconventionally in a No-Frills Space
April 25, 2016

I am always interested in seeing a conventional play being presented in an unconventional way. So when I heard about director Blake Silver undertaking a production of Henry James THE TURN OF THE SCREW adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, produced by Haldane Morris, and presented lit only by flashlights held by audience members in a room seating only 20, I knew it would be no like other production of the ghost story I had ever seen before. And I was right.
FIRST LOOK: The Cast of Kentwood Players CLYBOURNE PARK opening May 13FIRST LOOK: The Cast of Kentwood Players CLYBOURNE PARK opening May 13
April 18, 2016

Kentwood Players presents "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris from May 13 through June 18, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. The production directed by George L. Rametta and produced by Lauren A. Jarvis by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Inc. The cast features (in alphabetical order) Pauline Bugembe, Harold Dershimer, Jeremy Patrick Hamilton, Jen Kerner, Matt Landig, Damon Rutledge, and Andrea Stradling.
BWW Review: 2Cents's Acting Out INK FEST Celebrates Art and the Female PlaywrightBWW Review: 2Cents's Acting Out INK FEST Celebrates Art and the Female Playwright
April 17, 2016

2Cents's Acting Out INK Fest is back for its 3rd exciting year, organized by its Founding President and Artistic Director Kristin Boule. The Fest is being held for 3 days this weekend at the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood, right in the heart of Theatre Row and the LA 99-seat community. INK FEST 2016 features fully produced 1-act plays, ranging from 10-60 minutes, organized in themed-groups, featuring over 100 artists from playwrights to directors to actors and street artists celebrating the FEMALE PLAYWRIGHT and ART. A total of 21 plays by 19 female playwrights are being presented, with 19 directors and 49 actors. What's more, the festival will flood not just the theatre, but also the street & the Hudson Cafe, serving wine & beer all weekend long, with special events scattered throughout.
BWW Review: THE REVISIONIST Misses the Mark Due to Disjointed ScriptBWW Review: THE REVISIONIST Misses the Mark Due to Disjointed Script
April 16, 2016

While the writing is a bit disjointed and the story much too difficult to follow due to many comments spoken only in Polish by Ilia Volok as Zemon, a Polish taxi driver who provides various services to Maria, the acting by the two leads Seamus Mulcahy and Deanna Dunagan is superb. But while their characters are fascinating in their complexity and Robin Larsen's direction keeps the action moving briskly around the three rooms making up Tom Buderwitz's scenic design (which places the set in the middle of the space with audience members seated on both sides), this up close and personal theatrical experience seems to have something lacking in the fabric of the writing to keep you interested in what exactly is going on between these two lost souls.
BWW Review: Laughs Abound in Sarah Ruhl's Frothy Backstage Farce STAGE KISS at the Geffen PlayhouseBWW Review: Laughs Abound in Sarah Ruhl's Frothy Backstage Farce STAGE KISS at the Geffen Playhouse
April 16, 2016

I have long been a fan of plays that present an insider's look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at a theatrical production. A fine example of such a backstage farce is Sarah Ruhl's STAGE KISS, skillfully directed by Bart DeLorenzo who knows exactly how to make the most outrageous stage antics and romances seem not only probable but incredibly hysterical thanks to Sarah Ruhl's fast-paced script that leads us on-stage, back-stage and out the stage door as reality collides with fiction in this raucous and revealing relationship comedy.
Photo Coverage: MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION Arrives at Theatre PalisadesPhoto Coverage: MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION Arrives at Theatre Palisades
April 11, 2016

Theatre Palisades opened George Bernard Shaw's social commentary 'MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION' on Friday, April 1 at Pierson Playhouse with performances continuing through Sunday, May 8, 2016. The production is directed by Sabrina Lloyd and produced by Martha Hunter and Sherman Wayne by special permission with Samuel French. The cast features (in alphabetical order) Brooks Darnell, Susan Hardie, Craig Jessen, Frank Krueger, Ken MacFarlane and Jenna Tovey.
BWW Review: RAIN Brings the Music and Magic of The Beatles LIVE to the Pantages!BWW Review: RAIN Brings the Music and Magic of The Beatles LIVE to the Pantages!
April 6, 2016

RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, a total of 36 songs on the night I attended. It's quite a treat going from The Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show through 'Let it Be' and 'Hey Jude,' two of the last songs the group recorded together, with each album time shift accompanied by costume and physical appearance changes by the group as well as many historical films/videos reflecting what was going on in the world at the time, from Vietnam to protests at home, their meditation trip to India, and the overall madness of screaming fans at Shea Stadium on 8-15-65.
BWW Review: Can A SHRED OF EVIDENCE Really Ruin Your Idyllic Life?BWW Review: Can A SHRED OF EVIDENCE Really Ruin Your Idyllic Life?
March 27, 2016

Tense mysteries where not much happens in the way of real action on the stage can be problematic if the storyline proves to be too easy to figure out. Thankfully A SHRED OF EEVIDENCE by R.C. Sherriff directed by Jules Aaron at Theatre 40 is so well written and directed that you will be kept on the edge of your seat trying to figure out if the lead character really is guilty of a crime he cannot remember committing when all the circumstantial evidence points directly to him being the culprit.


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