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BWW Review: Taylor and Bologna's LOVE ALLWAYS Enjoys L.A. Premiere at Gray Studios BWW Review: Taylor and Bologna's LOVE ALLWAYS Enjoys L.A. Premiere at Gray Studios
by Shari Barrett - March 27, 2017

Comprised of 10 short plays in 2 acts about the follies and foibles of love and lovers, LOVE ALLWAYS addresses the subjects of love and romance which have long provided great source material for comedy, created from the pens of two proven masters of American comedy. With busy careers in film, televi... (more...)
BWW Review: You Will Want to Take a Shower After Seeing DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Theatre 68 BWW Review: You Will Want to Take a Shower After Seeing DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Theatre 68
by George Brietigam - March 27, 2017

Anyone who is a fan of creepy stuff will love this show.... (more...)
BWW Review:  PUNK ROCK at The Odyssey Theatre Gets Top Marks for a Jolly Good Show BWW Review: PUNK ROCK at The Odyssey Theatre Gets Top Marks for a Jolly Good Show
by George Brietigam - March 27, 2017

This show is the very definition of a slow burning candle. More aptly put, a slow burning candle whose wick winds up being connected to a thousand pounds of dynamite that blows your face off without any warning.... (more...)
BWW Review: Charming but Flawed FINDING NEVERLAND Searches for Magic BWW Review: Charming but Flawed FINDING NEVERLAND Searches for Magic
by Michael L. Quintos - March 27, 2017

A charming though perplexing adaptation of the 2004 film, FINDING NEVERLAND jets into too many erratic directions at any given moment and doesn't gel completely as a whole. And for all its gorgeous, visual splendor, it is surprisingly lacking in honest-to-goodness stage magic. The touring version of... (more...)
BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit
by Ellen Dostal - March 24, 2017

It used to be true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But not anymore. For the next five weeks, LA audiences will get a taste of Sin City right here in our own backyard, thanks to Spiegelworld's in-your-face adult-only production, ABSINTHE LA.... (more...)
BWW Review: I Got Drunk at A Noise Within's KING LEAR - Here's What Happened Next BWW Review: I Got Drunk at A Noise Within's KING LEAR - Here's What Happened Next
by George Brietigam - March 20, 2017

If American Horror Story decided to do a season set in the time of ancient mythical English kings, you would get Julia Rodriguez-Elliott's King Lear. I highly recommend this eerie interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most produced works.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GUN Shoots Slightly Off-Target BWW Review: THE GUN Shoots Slightly Off-Target
by Gil Kaan - March 20, 2017

A solid acting ensemble fires up the Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere of playwright Justin Yoffe's THE GUN. Dave Florek sure-handedly directs his talented cast at a brisk pace in this 60-minute one-act brimming with suspenseful taunt and tensioned urgency.... (more...)
BWW Review: Amanda Moresco Pays Homage to Hell's Kitchen with WHERE THE NUMBERS END; A HELL'S KITCHEN LOVE TRAGEDY BWW Review: Amanda Moresco Pays Homage to Hell's Kitchen with WHERE THE NUMBERS END; A HELL'S KITCHEN LOVE TRAGEDY
by George Brietigam - March 20, 2017

This Ode to Hell's Kitchen is a hazy, heartwarming, homage to the playwright's memory of the neighborhood she grew up in and once loved.... (more...)
BWW Review: L.A. Ballet Gloriously Celebrates BALANCHINE: MASTER OF THE DANCE BWW Review: L.A. Ballet Gloriously Celebrates BALANCHINE: MASTER OF THE DANCE
by Shari Barrett - March 19, 2017

Balanchine choreographed 425 works over the course of 60-plus years, and his works are considered masterpieces and performed by ballet companies all over the world. So you can image how thrilled I was to find out Los Angeles Ballet was going to present BALANCHINE: MASTER OF THE DANCE as their final... (more...)
BWW Review: APRIL, MAY & JUNE Examines if Sisters Can Unite After a Family Secret is Revealed BWW Review: APRIL, MAY & JUNE Examines if Sisters Can Unite After a Family Secret is Revealed
by Shari Barrett - March 18, 2017

Theatre 40 is a well-known for presenting superb and very professional World Premiere productions in the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. Their winning streak continues with APRIL, MAY & JUNE written by Gary Goldstein and directed by Terri Hanauer which continues t... (more...)
BWW Review: Filter Theatre's Outrageously Musical TWELFTH NIGHT Sparks Roars of Laughter BWW Review: Filter Theatre's Outrageously Musical TWELFTH NIGHT Sparks Roars of Laughter
by Shari Barrett - March 16, 2017

Directed by Filter Theatre's Sean Holmes, with music and sound by Tom Haines and Ross Hughes, TWELFTH NIGHT is a ferocious reimaging of Shakespeare's classic comedy where nothing onstage is hidden and everything is revealed, from cables, costumes, props and more. Six actors, together with two musici... (more...)
BWW Review: Not Man Apart's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Viscerally Recreates The Fall of Man BWW Review: Not Man Apart's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Viscerally Recreates The Fall of Man
by Ellen Dostal - March 15, 2017

There's not a chance in hell that an audience member could fail to be engaged in Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble's latest new work, PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY. The company has found a tantalizing niche with its athletically rich dance, movement & sensory exploration of stories that li... (more...)
BWW Review: THAT GIRL/THAT BOY - That Amazing Charles Busch! BWW Review: THAT GIRL/THAT BOY - That Amazing Charles Busch!
by Gil Kaan - March 14, 2017

The award-winning playwright/drag legend/cabaret artiste Charles Busch displayed the reasons why he's such a creative force to be reckoned with as he had the Rockwell audience easily eating out of his outstretched hands in his THAT GIRL/THAT BOY cabaret show. Busch and his adoring fans most deservin... (more...)
BWW Review: GOD'S WAITING ROOM Reveals How Telling the Truth Can Set You Free BWW Review: GOD'S WAITING ROOM Reveals How Telling the Truth Can Set You Free
by Shari Barrett - March 13, 2017

Have you ever felt the presence of someone in a room where you are sitting? How about when you are in an ICU waiting room with a loved one just beyond the door, hanging onto life by a thread? Have you ever experienced that person in the waiting room with you, clearing their mind of regrets as they... (more...)
BWW Review: Christina Carlisi - A Tour de Force as MARTHA BWW Review: Christina Carlisi - A Tour de Force as MARTHA
by Gil Kaan - March 13, 2017

The Whitefire Theatre's west coast premiere of playwright Ellen Melaver's MARTHA possesses all the creative elements, exquisitely combined, for a stunning one-woman show on modern dance revolutionary Martha Graham. The incredible Christina Carlisi totally embodies this movement innovator with her ve... (more...)
BWW Review: CSULB Performs Theatrical Alchemy on THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN BWW Review: CSULB Performs Theatrical Alchemy on THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN
by George Brietigam - March 13, 2017

Cal State Long Beach's Theatre Arts Department practiced two hours of theatre alchemy spinning Kirsten Childs' manure of a script into pure gold. Hats off to Dr. Jaye Austin Williams, and her unbelievably talented cast and team of designers for turning this banal and poorly written story into an en... (more...)
BWW Review: North Hollywood's Cupcake Theater Goes Punk With GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT! BWW Review: North Hollywood's Cupcake Theater Goes Punk With GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT!
by George Brietigam - March 13, 2017

Cupcake Studio's production of Green Day's American Idiot oozes of freshness in Trump's America. There was never a dull moment in this high energy, headbanging, production. The power of this show rests in its pure energy, and the cast certainly delivered.... (more...)
BWW Review: EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO Perfectly Combines Two One-Acts and Signing/Speaking Actors BWW Review: EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO Perfectly Combines Two One-Acts and Signing/Speaking Actors
by Shari Barrett - March 10, 2017

EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO combines Albee's groundbreaking 1959 short play The Zoo Story with his acclaimed prequel Homelife, written in 2004. Together these short plays tell a more complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the... (more...)
BWW Review: An Incredibly Emotional LETTERS FROM YOUNG GAY MEN Will Touch the Hearts & Hit the Tear Ducts of Many BWW Review: An Incredibly Emotional LETTERS FROM YOUNG GAY MEN Will Touch the Hearts & Hit the Tear Ducts of Many
by Gil Kaan - March 10, 2017

A committed group of six actors give depth and much emotions to a collection of correspondence between older mentors and younger mentees of the gay community. Psychotherapist Brian Gleason has cherry picked portions of Rainer Maria Rilke's book 'Letters to A Young Poet' and dramatized them to some f... (more...)
BWW Review: GOOD GRIEF World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: GOOD GRIEF World Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Shari Barrett - March 09, 2017

As a way to celebrate International Women's Day this year, I attended the World Premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu's new play GOOD GRIEF at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production is directed by Patricia McGregor, with Anyanwu performing as the lead character, Nkechi. This is the first of... (more...)
BWW Review: Brilliant Performances and Glorious Music Highlight 33 VARIATIONS at the Actors Co-Op in Hollywood BWW Review: Brilliant Performances and Glorious Music Highlight 33 VARIATIONS at the Actors Co-Op in Hollywood
by Shari Barrett - March 07, 2017

Often called the greatest set of variations ever written for keyboard, the 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, was written by Beethoven between 1819 and 1823, the time frame of his life which is examined in the play, told concurrently with ... (more...)
BWW Review: DISINHERIT THE WIND Takes on Richard Dawkins in an Emotionally Blighted Play of Ideas BWW Review: DISINHERIT THE WIND Takes on Richard Dawkins in an Emotionally Blighted Play of Ideas
by George Brietigam - March 06, 2017

Attending this show is closer to sitting through a college philosophy lecture, taught by the campus' resident bat-shit insane tenured professor, than it is a night out at the theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of Marriage BWW Review: COMPANY Musically Examines the Benefits and Pitfalls of Marriage
by Shari Barrett - March 06, 2017

Over the years, I have seen many productions of COMPANY and am pleased to tell you the current production at the Morgan-Wixson in Santa Monica is by far the best one I have ever seen thanks to the brilliant direction and fabulous casting done by Kristin Towers-Rowles, herself a triple-threat perform... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NORMAL HEART Remains a Timeless Call to Action so Needed Right Now! BWW Review: THE NORMAL HEART Remains a Timeless Call to Action so Needed Right Now!
by Shari Barrett - March 04, 2017

Fueled by love, anger, hope and pride, Larry Kramer's masterpiece THE NORMAL HEART centers on a circle of friends struggling to understand and contain a mysterious disease ravaging New York's gay community and one man's fight to awaken the world to the urgency of the situation. The guest production ... (more...)
BWW Review: Quirky Musical Farce GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Kills at OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Quirky Musical Farce GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Kills at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - March 03, 2017

Genuinely one of the funniest musical comedies to ever grace Broadway, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER easily proves quite early on---and pretty much throughout its two uproarious acts---why it won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. Filled with hilarious sight gags, wickedly witty banter, ... (more...)