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BWW Review: Ebony Rep's  FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is the Summer Party You Don't Want to Miss BWW Review: Ebony Rep's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is the Summer Party You Don't Want to Miss
by Ellen Dostal - May 24, 2017

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its successful Broadway run in an out-and-out stellar revival at Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. It's the summer party you don't want to miss!... (more...)
BWW Review:  FREEWAY DREAMS at the Brickhouse Theatre is a Slow and Bumpy Ride BWW Review: FREEWAY DREAMS at the Brickhouse Theatre is a Slow and Bumpy Ride
by George Brietigam - May 20, 2017

This piece works much better as something you would see drunk in a bar in the 90s... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS: Oh What a Night of Perfect Musical Entertainment! BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS: Oh What a Night of Perfect Musical Entertainment!
by Shari Barrett - May 20, 2017

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005, running 11 record-breaking years and becoming the 12th longest running show in Broadway history. The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical telling the story of Frankie Valli and The Fou... (more...)
BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows! BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!
by Gil Kaan - 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 c... (more...)
BWW Review: Actors Co-op's To-Die-For Musical LUCKY STIFF is Full of Quirky Charm BWW Review: Actors Co-op's To-Die-For Musical LUCKY STIFF is Full of Quirky Charm
by Ellen Dostal - May 17, 2017

Before Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty teamed up for iconic works like Ragtime, Once on this Island, and their current Broadway hit Anastasia,they wrote a crazy little musical called LUCKY STIFF. It was their first collaboration and, though it never made it to Broadway, it won the pair a Richard Ro... (more...)
BWW Review: BIG FISH Proves Our Dreams Begin Where the Pavement Ends BWW Review: BIG FISH Proves Our Dreams Begin Where the Pavement Ends
by Shari Barrett - May 17, 2017

Everyone has dreams they wish to have fulfilled during their lifetime. And as it turns out, the energy we put into fueling our passion to achieve them can take us in directions we could never have anticipated, yet become so necessary in obtaining whatever goal we have set for ourselves or influencin... (more...)
BWW Review: You Can't Stop the Beat at Golden West College's HAIRSPRAY BWW Review: You Can't Stop the Beat at Golden West College's HAIRSPRAY
by Erica Garcia - May 11, 2017

Golden West College brings to life a vibrant production of Hairspray for their Spring 2017 Musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: STATE FAIR at Alex Theatre BWW Review: STATE FAIR at Alex Theatre
by Cary Ginell - May 09, 2017

The corn was high as an elephant's eye at the Alex Theatre in Glendale last Sunday as Musical Theater Guild presented a staged reading of Rodgers and Hammerstein's bucolic musical State Fair, the only musical R&H wrote specifically for the screen. State Fair wasn't adapted for the stage until 1996, ... (more...)
BWW Review: HAROLD AND MAUDE Prove to be an Unlikely Pair of Mismatched Bodies with Identical Souls BWW Review: HAROLD AND MAUDE Prove to be an Unlikely Pair of Mismatched Bodies with Identical Souls
by Shari Barrett - May 09, 2017

The romantic dramedy HAROLD AND MAUDE incorporates elements of dark humor, centering around the exploits of a young man named Harold who is intrigued with his own death, often staging his own suicide to avoid dealing with his overbearing mother who wants nothing more than for Harold to find the 'rig... (more...)
BWW Review: WILD PARTY Captivates the Crowd at CSUF BWW Review: WILD PARTY Captivates the Crowd at CSUF
by Erica Garcia - May 08, 2017

California State University, Fullerton closes off their Spring 2017 Season with a dark yet thrilling production of Andrew Lippa's WILD PARTY.... (more...)
BWW Review: This play within a play will have you questioning, MURDER, ANYONE? BWW Review: This play within a play will have you questioning, MURDER, ANYONE?
by Ilana Lifshitz - May 05, 2017

I entered the comforting lobby of the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, received my press kit and took a seat near the window. The house opened in about 20 minutes, so I struck up a conversation with the man sitting a couple chairs away. He asked me where I was from. "South Florida," I told him. He... (more...)
BWW Review: Deborah Cox Lights Up the Stage with Star Power in THE BODYGUARD BWW Review: Deborah Cox Lights Up the Stage with Star Power in THE BODYGUARD
by Shari Barrett - May 04, 2017

Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox is starring as Rachel Marron in the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD during its Los Angeles premiere at Hollywood Pantages Theatre through May 21, 2017. Ms. Cox is not only o... (more...)
BWW Review: In LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, Neil Simon Shares the Golden Age of Television Writer Room Craziness BWW Review: In LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, Neil Simon Shares the Golden Age of Television Writer Room Craziness
by Shari Barrett - May 02, 2017

After working in the Warner Brothers Manhattan office mailroom, Playwright Neil Simon got his first big break as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's celebrated television series 'Your Show of Shows,' a live 90-minute variety show starring comedy legends Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca that ran from 1950 to 1... (more...)
BWW Review: 'S Wonderful AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Tour Enchants O.C. BWW Review: 'S Wonderful AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Tour Enchants O.C.
by Michael L. Quintos - May 01, 2017

Strikingly refined yet pleasingly grounded and altogether delightful, the gorgeous 2015 Broadway musical stage adaptation of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS---inspired by the Academy Award-winning 1951 movie musical of the same name---is a sweepingly lush, dance-centric production that combines the high-brow s... (more...)
BWW Review: KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY at Laguna Playhouse BWW Review: KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY at Laguna Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - May 01, 2017

King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story features brilliant performance by Jesse Johnson as the late country music star... (more...)
BWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational Brilliance BWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational Brilliance
by Gil Kaan - May 01, 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 tens... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Pasadena City College Brings Washington Heights to California BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Pasadena City College Brings Washington Heights to California
by Erica Garcia - April 27, 2017

Pasadena City College brought Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS to Southern California in an exciting, vibrant, and mesmerizing production.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broads' Word Ensemble's THE LADY WAS A GENTLEMAN Comically Examines Love, Identity, Race, and Gender BWW Review: Broads' Word Ensemble's THE LADY WAS A GENTLEMAN Comically Examines Love, Identity, Race, and Gender
by Shari Barrett - April 26, 2017

During the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, I discovered the all-female theatre troupe Broads' Word Ensemble when my love of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shew and being a fan of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy led me to the group's first production, Fifty Shades of Shrew. After being exquisitely ente... (more...)
BWW Review: UNCANNY VALLEY at International City Theatre BWW Review: UNCANNY VALLEY at International City Theatre
by George Brietigam - April 24, 2017

If you find yourself in Downtown Long Beach, be sure to catch this unique show.... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH: REVISITED Brilliantly Updates Shakespeare's Tragic Tale of Power, Greed, and the Blood-Thirst for Ambition BWW Review: MACBETH: REVISITED Brilliantly Updates Shakespeare's Tragic Tale of Power, Greed, and the Blood-Thirst for Ambition
by Shari Barrett - April 23, 2017

Culver City residents Jeannine and Jack Stehlin are celebrating the 21st anniversary season of their New American Theatre production company by presenting MACBETH: REVISITED, directed by and starring Jack Stehlin in the title role with choreography and sound design by John Farmanesh-Bocca. Last yea... (more...)
BWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLE BWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLE
by Gil Kaan - 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 thei... (more...)
BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
by Gil Kaan - 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 blen... (more...)
BWW Review: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY Opens the Block Party Series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY Opens the Block Party Series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Shari Barrett - April 21, 2017

'Failure: A Love Story' chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters (June Carryl, Margaret Katch, and Nicole Shalhoub) and the one man with the double moniker Mortimer Mortimer (Kurt Quinn) who fell in love with each of them but not at the same time. Set against the backdrop of ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Transforms Tragedy Using Theatre in LEAR'S SHADOW BWW Review: Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Transforms Tragedy Using Theatre in LEAR'S SHADOW
by Ellen Dostal - April 19, 2017

LEAR'S SHADOW, a new play by Shakespeare Ensemble Theater Artistic Director, Brian Elerding, is a sensitive exploration of theatre's transformative ability to heal, even under the most devastating of circumstances. Using passages from King Lear as a tool within a contemporary storyline, it takes a t... (more...)
BWW Review: West Coast Premiere of PURE CONFIDENCE Races to the Top of the Pack BWW Review: West Coast Premiere of PURE CONFIDENCE Races to the Top of the Pack
by Shari Barrett - April 18, 2017

Since I left the theater last Sunday, I have been singing 'Camptown Races' (sometimes referred to as 'Camptown Ladies'), a comic song written by Stephen Foster, known as the father of American music who was considered the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. Appropriatel... (more...)