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: RAIN Brings the Music and Magic of The Beatles LIVE to the Pantages!RAIN Brings the Music and Magic of The Beatles LIVE to the Pantages!
Posted: Apr. 6, 2016


BWW Review: THE REVISIONIST Misses the Mark Due to Disjointed ScriptBWW Review: THE REVISIONIST Misses the Mark Due to Disjointed Script
Posted: Apr. 16, 2016


BWW Review: Laughs Abound in Sarah Ruhl's Frothy Backstage Farce STAGE KISS at the Geffen PlayhouseLaughs Abound in Backstage Farce STAGE KISS
Posted: Apr. 16, 2016


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
Posted: Apr. 25, 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


FIRST LOOK: The Cast of Kentwood Players CLYBOURNE PARK opening May 13Kentwood Players Cast of CLYBOURNE PARK opening May 13
Posted: Apr. 18, 2016


BWW Review: 2Cents's Acting Out INK FEST Celebrates Art and the Female Playwright2Cents's Acting Out INK FEST Celebrates Art & Female Playwrights
Posted: Apr. 17, 2016


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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.
BWW Review: DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY Brings Back Hysterical Memories of 1950s TV FamiliesBWW Review: DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY Brings Back Hysterical Memories of 1950s TV Families
March 21, 2016

The West Coast premiere of DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY by Rich Orloff is currently playing to uproariously laughing audiences at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, directed with a clear vision by Holly Baker-Kreiswirth in which much homage is paid to classic gangster movies. Directing in the most over-the-top slapstick style makes sense for this imaginary tale in which even convicts are cardboard cut-outs compared to those who might break into your home these days.
BWW Review: Theatre by the Blind's CHANGING FACES Will Open Your Eyes to Artistic PossibilitiesBWW Review: Theatre by the Blind's CHANGING FACES Will Open Your Eyes to Artistic Possibilities
March 20, 2016

CRE Outreach was incorporated in 2007, serving at-risk students, the visually impaired and military veterans through theater-based arts programs. Utilizing theater as a means to enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression and empower individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives, CRE Outreach focuses on "transforming lives, one show at a time." So when I was invited to see Kelsey Wilk's new play "Changing Faces" as the 16th production of Theatre by the Blind directed by Greg Shane, I knew I was in for another mind-empowering experience.
BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS Pits Polar Opposites in Artistic and Financial DuelBWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS Pits Polar Opposites in Artistic and Financial Duel
March 16, 2016

In all facets of the creative arts, it is an unfortunate reality that every artist needs to balance his/her artistic vision with the need to be commercially successful in order to survive financially, which in turn will allow you to follow your vision. But where do you draw the line? Of course everyone needs to earn a living, but must you sacrifice your true artistic vision in order to be a success? Such is the theme of SEX WITH STRANGERS written by Laura Eason and directed with an inner vision of the struggle by Kimberly Senior. The production features Stephen Louis Grush as Ethan and Rebecca Pidgeon as Olivia.
Photo Coverage: MAN OF LA MANCHA Arrives at the Westchester PlayhousePhoto Coverage: MAN OF LA MANCHA Arrives at the Westchester Playhouse
March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 11, Kentwood Players welcomed the multiple Tony Award winning musical "MAN OF LA MANCHA" with Book by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh and Lyrics by Joe Darion to the Westchester Playhouse where performances will continue through April 16. The production is directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth with Musical Director Mike Walker and Choreographer Drew Fitzsimmons, produced by Margie Bates and Gail Bernardi by special arrangement with Tams Witmark Music Library. Here's your first look at onstage photos by Shari Barrett.
BWW Review: WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD Takes a Madcap Look at the Battle of the Sexes from Both Sides of the ClosetBWW Review: WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD Takes a Madcap Look at the Battle of the Sexes from Both Sides of the Closet
March 14, 2016

The battle between the sexes has always been a favorite topic for all types of literary works. With the onslaught in today's media of how women should look to attract men rather than being true to who they really are, playwright Sheila Callaghan has taken a very personal stand in her madcap new play WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD, now presented in its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Directed by Neel Keller, with musical staging by Ken Roht, performances continue through April 3. The gender-bending cast includes Lisa Banes, Nora Kirkpatrick, David Clayton Rogers and Dinora Z. Walcott, all of whom plays both female and male characters!
BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Searches for Love with the Music of Elvis PresleyBWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Searches for Love with the Music of Elvis Presley
March 7, 2016

The iconic music of Elvis Presley inspired writer Joe Dipietro to create ALL SHOOK UP, a musical set in 1955 utilizing the rock 'n roll star's songs. The bottom line with Elvis's music is that it makes a lot of people very happy, even 50 years after it was recorded. And Dipietro thought, what other type of entertainment form does that? And that's when he came up with the Shakespeare comedies, which are very much about love and finding your joy, marriage, passion, and all the good stuff of life. And of course, frequent cases of mistaken identity!
FIRST LOOK: Theatre Palisades Opens MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION on 4/1FIRST LOOK: Theatre Palisades Opens MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION on 4/1
March 4, 2016

In Shaw's controversial attack on society's hypocrisy, Young Vivie Warren is intelligent and self-sufficient, but astounded to learn how her mother rose from poverty to riches through the world's oldest profession. Mrs. Warren ably justifies her past, attacking a hypocritical society that rewards vice and oppresses virtue, stating that poverty and the society that fosters poverty are the real villains. Certainly her profession is preferable to life in a 19th century factory!
BWW Review: THE BLESSING OF A BROKEN HEART Journeys from Crippling Grief to Hope and HealingBWW Review: THE BLESSING OF A BROKEN HEART Journeys from Crippling Grief to Hope and Healing
March 4, 2016

A recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, THE BLESSING OF A BROKEN HEART arrives precisely at the time when it is most needed to help heal our communities in the wake of a deluge of local and national tragedies involving innocent children. It is a story about resilience and the power of faith to assist in overcoming whatever confronts your spirit in life. This story about hope, purpose, and recovery recounts the events that changed Sherri Mandell's family forever.


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